Some days I feel like this…
So many days I have the strong desire to simplify. Especially with our new little one on the way. Just want to savor every minute. This is my first online mention of our new addition, so lets see if anyone is reading. A little boy in September.
My daughter left for a mission trip with church today, for a whole week. I admit, even though the house will be a little more peaceful with out the normal mom/teenage daughter drama, I will miss her and worry about her terribly. ( Im a worrier) I saw this online today and thought I would share it with you guys, and my sweet girl, A. (Note to Annelore: Most everything applies except line 9, and 18, and play close attention to lines 2, 4, and 27)
(P.S. Puffy Sleeves were in then)
(P.P.S. They probably weren’t.)
1. you are not fat.
2. he is not The One. it will seem like he is, but he is not.
3. you do not have to smile for every single picture.
4. you are not going to believe this but you do not know everything. also, your parents are right. about so many things.
5. your studio art class will spend a whole quarter on photography. PAY BETTER ATTENTION.
6. that little 110 camera you love so much is a total piece of crap. people call it a toy camera now but really, it’s crap. beg your parents to buy you an old used 35mm SLR. then shoot roll after roll after roll of film. and throw out the flash.
7. remember how good it feels to do a back handspring. in a few years, that skill will be long gone.
8. diet coke is not the answer.
9. do not listen to the people who tell you you cannot be a dancer because you don’t have enough training, didn’t start early enough and don’t have the right body. more specifically, do not listen to that teacher who tells you to eat only saltine crackers for a week in order to drop a few pounds. in a few years, you’ll discover modern dance and your world will crack wide open. suddenly, ballet will seem like a stupid idea and everything else will make sense. you will go on to do things you were told you could not do. and it will feel spectacular.
10. you know that awesome color photobooth at the kmart two minutes from your house? visit it regularly.
11. you’re going to get a letter from that girl you stood up for in P.E. class. you thought what you did didn’t really mean anything to her but it did, it really did. her letter will make you cry and you will be glad you took on the mean girls.
12. wear anything you want. because you can.
13. enjoy the widespread availability of polaroid film.
14. keep writing.
15. do not wear those vintage spectator pumps to that choir competition. your left heel will get caught in the crack of the risers and you will inadvertantly flip it several feet into the air. it will land with a dull thud right in front of that table of somber-looking judges and you will be forced to walk (one shoe on, one shoe off) in front of hundreds of people to the center of the gymnasium to retrieve it. you will not die from the embarrassment. but it will feel like it.
16. take that typing class.
17. and when your mom offers to teach you how to sew, do not blow her off.
18. do not stop writing letters to your french penpal.
19. you are totally right about vintage clothing. stock up now before thrift stores everywhere are sucked dry by the masses.
20. make grandma corrona teach you how to make her bread. she will tell you it’s nothing, that it’s just ordinary bread but you will eventually come to realize that it is, in fact, the best bread in the world.
21. take bigger risks. because I promise, you really will regret it if you don’t.
22. boys are generally not worth it.
23. you don’t really need all that black eyeliner. really.
24. and while we’re on the subject, beware of all cosmetic counter makeovers.
25. you are never going to find that party on graduation night. you and your friend michelle will drive around for hours and hours and find yourselves in the middle of nowhere at three in the morning. you will feel a little scared but even worse, you will feel stupid. this is so not the way to spend graduation night. and so not the memory you want to have.
26. do not slather yourself with baby oil and lay out on foil mats. furthermore, wear sunscreen. ALL. THE. TIME.
27. your dad is totally right about that whole time thing. twenty years, gone. just like that.
28. seriously, you are not fat.
I think the quote from yesterday touched a chord with many folks, as it did with me. I havent received as much trafic on any other post. Life is just too busy these days. I tease and say one day Im just going to move to the country and grow my own vegtables, and make cheese, and come to town once a week… No TV, No internet…But again, its always “one day” I see life passing by so quickly. My friend gave me one of my all time favorite quotes,
“The days are long, but the years are short.”
Im so touched by this video. Im looking forward to reading the book …someday…
I know its been a long while since I posted last. Do you ever have so much going on in your life you have to withdraw for a while. I don’t know how to explain it…yes there has been quite a bit of business in my life, my husband’s finger turned purple, infected and hugely swollen for no reason. Infection is a scary thing, After 4 doctors looking at it and prescribing huge amounts of antibiotics, a friends husband, who is also a nurse along with the Dr he worked for decided to open that baby up…I know nasty….and they said he was days away from bone infection and possibly losing it. (Hope your not having a snack while your reading this) Soooo…he goes back tomorrow and the culture will be back, say a prayer that its not staph.
Moving on, we have also had spring break, business has gotten busy with all the pretty weather, and wedding season has kicked off. My daughter is now a certified lifeguard, passed her driving permit test, and my sweet sister gave birth to her 5th baby, yep #5, no drugs, all natural birth!!! She’s a better woman than me. A healthy baby Boy, James Ellis. So Im not making excuses, but life has been busy.
Even with the business of life, Another reason I haven’t blogged in a while is that my mind has been busy. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes I get so many ideas and projects floating around in my head I sort of withdraw until I can get it all sorted out. At this second Im sitting at home all alone. That never happens!! And it is perfectly still and quiet, and I can hear my thoughts. Does that make any sense? I read somewhere once that Bill Gates takes 30 days at the beginning of each year and goes to a remote location all alone, just to think. Ive always secretly wanted to do that. Maybe not 30 days, maybe just a week?
Im not just ranting today, I also have a share, from the fabulous Deb Schwedhelm’s Blog. Something so pure and honest about these guys, Makes me want to cry for some reason too.