Adversities in all forms, if we can survive them, provides us the opportunity to grow our minds and our hearts. ~ Jennic
After 6 days of bidding, the Jingle Bells for Jennic auction is drawing close to the end. Don’t fret though, it ends at midnight (PST) on Tuesday, so there’s still some time left if there’s something that interests you. Quite a number of items are bidding at 60-80% below retail. Take a peek, seriously.
Thank you x 1000.
It’s been a long road of healing, in every sense of the word.
I had an emergency appendectomy on August 22 this year. Ten days later, while still recovering from surgery, I lost my pregnancy… This would be my 2nd miscarriage.
*deep breath* *tears*
I’ve created a separate site, to try and raise $27K, you can read more there. Fighting the System ….. since birth. I’m not switching blogs, rather just wanted to make a dedicated fundraising site instead of crowding it with all of my personal bitching from years past. I’m hoping that after this craziness that is the holiday season, I will find some time to mend myself again.
Please share that other site with people. Thank you for being there. I love you all.
Those who have read my blog for some time may remember this post. Today around noon, I realized what today’s date was and then everything came rushing back in my mind. I felt very overwhelmed, not only because of the significance this day means, but also due to current things happening (a little cryptic, but will soon be revealed in my next post). There’s still 2.5 hours left in the day, so hopefully no more bad things will happen.
So there’s a high school reunion coming up in the near horizon. It’s at a bar / restaurant type setting, on a Saturday night and it will only be 3.5 hours long. My drive to the location is approximately 2.5 hours, one way.
I will be attending, no doubt, accompanied by my hottie husband. I am very excited to see a lot of people whom I haven’t seen since graduation!!! I missed the last two reunions and I’m not going to miss this one, especially now that we live closer to the location.
However, I cannot dismiss the feeling of uncertainty. Firstly, I don’t know how it works or how it is organized, since I have never attended one. Secondly, it’s at a bar, for 3.5 hours. The setting and length of time leads one to believe it’s more of a “tweetup” than a high school reunion.
I can just envision it: casually walking into the bar, greeting people awkwardly, and engage in small talks with a few people about what you do for a living, how many children you have and before long, you’ve had a couple of drinks… and then it’s all over. 3.5 hours can go by real fast.
You didn’t meet or talk to a lot of people. You didn’t even have the opportunity to get an overview of how many and who, out of the 400+ kids who graduated with you, all came to the event, let alone do any catch ups. The rare few that hangs around after it’s long over are laughing and talking amongst themselves. Obviously already in a clique and thoroughly engaged with each other. Leaving little room for you to join in.
Just like old times.
I AM excited! At the same time, I don’t want to have too much expectations.
Maybe I’ve watched too many high school reunion movies, and am expecting to see a live band, ex-geeks rolling up in a fancy limo, frocks of the 80’s, rolled up sleeves / pant legs, and party until dawn. Or at least until our big sprayed hair loses its form.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
~~~ by Dorothy Law Nolte ~~~
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of little boy.
“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”
“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
“I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”
“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…
“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don ‘t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his
In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don ‘t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands..”
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.
Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
“How much?” asked the little boy. “No charge,” answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”
The world is full of people who need someone who understands.
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Breaking my long silence on this blog, I wanted to share this forwarded piece with you. It made me cry a little bit. I hope you all enjoy reading it too.
A little compassion goes a long ways.
Happy New Year! I hope 2010 brings you much happiness, love, and good health.
I was hoping to write some profound and insightful post yesterday / last night, but alas, my brain is a mush from the days’ tasks. Maybe I’ll still write about it, but probably later..
All I have to say right now is, I first stepped onto American soil 20 years ago yesterday. I was 12.
This year’s Nablomopo was a disaster. Not only did I for the first time, failed to complete at least one post per day this month, I also failed to provide much if any cool or thought-provoking content to the few readers that I have.
Maybe next year will be better? Ha. Next year!
Can you believe it, tomorrow is December already. That means Christmas is here soon. As I’m the frugal type who only buy things for other people and not myself, this is the first time I’m actually writing a Wish List of sorts, if you consider 2 things would constitutes a “list.”
* Silver colored steel mesh watch, round faced. Citizen, Seiko & Skagen have them. My fav is Citizen’s eco-drive one.
* Reversible belt with brown/black, square buckle, by Calvin Klein. I had this one, but somehow it went into the Black Hole when Moving Across States nearly 2 yrs ago.