I told Gary I would be sure to write something witty and wise today! J
Well, of course, then I couldn’t think of a thing to write about.
A woman can’t just be wonderful on cue, even if she is possessed of superior intellect and good genes!
So…nothing profound today.
Just a few random thoughts…
My granddaughter went camping this week and caught a fish. As she told me about it I was instantly transported back to lazy summer days on the river with my father. He loved to fish and I loved to spend time with him. We’d spend an hour or so digging up worms and then pack a lunch and take off for a day of talking and laughing and watching the bobbing corks. We’d troop back later, hot and tired, with a string of fish for Mom to clean and fry for supper. I also remember our children fishing, although I think only Robert really enjoyed it. He kept his first fish in the refrigerator for a year! He’d take it out nearly every week and just look at it. It wasn’t even big enough to eat. Some of the benefits of having children and grandchildren are the opportunities they afford you to relive the best parts of your life.
As I begin my tenth year of teaching kindergarten I am deeply grateful to the people who encouraged me to go back to school and get my degree. I’m not sure what my life would be like today if I had stayed in private daycare. We never know where the “other path” might have taken us, but I feel very confident that I took the right turn at the right time.
I remember only bits and pieces of my years in school. I wonder if that is true for most people, or if it is a problem related to the fact that I went to so many schools. I tried this week to remember anything at all from my kindergarten or first grade years. I only remember making an igloo from sugar cubes, sitting in a circle, getting in trouble for taking something from a classmate, and having a dress with a big white collar. I don’t remember much about class or learning or reading until about third grade. Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention!
I heard from a cousin this week that I literally haven’t seen or even heard anything about in nearly twenty years. It was good to do a little catching up and also exchange some pictures. He sent me a precious picture of Granny Simmons that I will share later.
I had lunch with a friend and her granddaughter this week. We haven’t seen each other in about a year and it has been nearly four years since we taught together. Had a good time sharing news about our families and discussing some recent changes in education. Then she and her grand took off for WalMart to complete their school shopping.
I was standing in line at WalMart the other day and realized that the three people in front of me, AND the cashier, had multiple visible tattoos. When I was a child people paid money to see the “tattooed lady” at the fair! Guess she wouldn’t make much nowadays. Am I the only one who wonders why people feel compelled to decorate their skin?
We have been watching our “babies” each night and it was a fitting end to Friday that they came very early while it was still light. I took a few photos just so you can see how difficult it is now to pick out the mom from the rest of the group. I loved watching them devour the sweet potato fries I left for them! They held them in their little paws and actually took small bites of each one. No mouth stuffing with this group!
I’m cleaning and cleaning today. It occurred to me as I was vacuuming that I can’t remember us ever having a vacuum cleaner when I was a child. Of course I don’t remember ever having carpet either. Gran was the first to have both. Her first vacuum cleaner was a marvel to me! And when she bought a Kirby from the door-to-door salesman, well that was just the same as owning a Cadillac! I actually volunteered to use it!
So, nothing profound today. Just an old woman, home alone, cleaning, and enjoying the last weekend of summer before she embarks on the next great adventure.
Have a great weekend!