I couldn’t stop laughing …

My best friend from high school, Marianne, and I lost track of each other for about two years when my family and I moved up north. Other than that, for the past almost 4 decades we have been in contact. With texting and social media we usually message each other every day and a lot of that involves making each other laugh. Today was definitely one of those days. This morning Marianne texted me something that cracked me the heck up! It’s one of those things that probably isn’t funny to anyone else, but it was certainly funny to us. It literally had me laughing all day long. And I love that. A lifetime of friendship certainly comes with a lot of perks and one of my favorites is getting to laugh with her.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you couldn’t stop laughing!!!

Someone to walk through life with …

Happy Siblings Day everyone! I am an only child who loved it, but only until I got older. I would have loved to have had a sibling or two to help me through some tough times and to share in all the good. Heck, I still want that! You can’t help but see that there is something special about that bond. I’ll never personally experience it but I can tell you how beautiful it is from a mother’s perspective. I am so thankful that my kids have each other! I love how they experience the world independently yet together. They will ALWAYS have someone on their side, a cheerleader, a defender and a best friend. It gives me so much peace of mind!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have someone to walk through life with!!!

Marianne (MY ROCK) …

Being an MSW and a parent for over 20 years has not given me an immunity from worry. Heck, sometimes I think they may have made it worse, HA! Trust me when I say that I have seen some ugly horrible situations. So when it comes to my precious babies (yes, I know two of them are adults now) I can’t shake the worry that comes when they are sick, injured or recovering from surgery. I know I should be a pro at this by now. But I’m not. And times like this are when it comes in handy to have an incredible friend. My best friend from high school is one heck of a woman. She is ALWAYS there for me. She is the level headed thinker when I am the wreck. She might be just as worried as I am but she pulls together a strength for me that is grounding. Her love and support has carried me through many times when I have felt scared and alone. And I couldn’t be more thankful for her.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have someone to rely on!!!

Be considerate of others … 

I met my best friend from high school at Starbucks today and we ended up having a discussion about rude people. This came after both of us witnessed an older gentleman tripping over a computer cord plugged in to an outlet. The cord was stretched across the floor to a table where a young woman sat working on her computer. Luckily the man wasn’t hurt, but clearly this was unsafe. Yet even after the man got caught up in the woman’s cord she did nothing about it. My best friend and I were utterly shocked. Thus, we began discussing the entitlement of certain people. How some people believe that their needs or wants far out way those of others. We discussed how we do our best to not welcome these types of souls into our lives. And that it’s OK to set limits with people who do us no good. It’s not always easy. But it’s definitely a necessity.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are considerate of others!!!

Rattled …

I have been a trooper with this rain. No. Really. I’ve not complained one bit. And I am not a rain lover by any stretch. Not. At. All. I’ve found the rain rather pleasant. Well. As long as I don’t actually have to be out in it. HA! But as much as we have needed the rain, I’m starting to notice the wear and tear of it. Some of our streets are horrendous! Almost every where I go there is a road that needs some serious work. Today when I was headed to meet my best friend from high school for lunch I drove down a street that was crazy BUMPY. Probably the worst I’ve been on so far. My car was shaking and the noise was thunderous. I felt like I had to hang on to my steering wheel for dear life and pray I didn’t crack a tooth from bouncing around so much. OK. I exaggerated a little. But still. It was really bumpy. Really.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you weren’t rattled!!!

Groundhog Day and it seems just like yesterday … 

Twenty-tree years ago today my mother passed away. Some years it’s easier to deal with this “anniversary” … others are not. But it’s never a good day. The memories always come flooding back. The pain and sadness that day brought is unusually fresh. How my life was forever changed, vivid. She wasn’t just my mother. She was my best friend, my confidante, a giver of unconditional love, my hero … and she is gone. I miss her and love her as much as I did that day. Probably even more. And it’s horrible. There is a movie called Groundhog Day staring Bill Murray. It came out in 1993, the year before my mother died. It’s about a man who must repeat a particular day in his life (Groundhog Day) until he gets it right. I know how this character must have felt. This day never changes for me either. Except for the part about getting it right. I will never have the ability to make this day right in my heart. Not. Ever.

Well, I hope you all have a day where it seems just like yesterday!!!

Preschool and the cutest tribe ever …

Last week one of my best friends text me and asked if I would consider taking a temporary part-time position at her school working with one and two year olds. I agreed. And today was my first day.

All I can say is that it was so much dang fun! I knew that the kiddos might not like me very much at first, so almost immediately upon entering the classroom I sat down on the floor during their play time. I wanted to be at their level and allow them to warm up to me on their time. Boy oh boy, did they stare me down. They weren’t cutting me any slack. Yet one by one, I started to earned their trust throughout the morning. Some were straight up like “OK you’re cool, I’m just going to plop down in your lap and you can read me this book.” While others it took sharing some play time, like running up and down a ramp about 437 times. But it was all worth the effort because these little nuggets are absolutely precious.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are accepted into the cutest tribe ever!!!