the hyphens that define my life

T-16 Persevere June 3, 2013

No ink on my skin, just so you know.   Tattoos are interesting and have a great history. Tattoos fascinate me. Tweety Bird or other Looney Tune characters always make me look at the person twice. Personally, the importance or connection to one specific character is odd.  Why not the entire cast or a funny scene depicted instead? Why people choose the tats they do could be an endless research project for someone other than me.  For me, there isn’t a picture or symbol that is meaningful enough that stand the test of time, forever. Words, however, are more powerful to me.  Though not enough to brand into my skin.  The Inspector Gadget digital display hat band is more my style.  Or if rotating tattoos were possible, my forehead would be the location of choice.  Today’s digital display would read:  Persevere.

My youngest said when he started kindergarten, “Why do we go to school 5 days but only have 2 days off?  That’s not fair”.  No son, it isn’t fair, welcome to the world.  If sports have Hell Week, this is our Butt Dragging Week. Coming off a busy weekend and late nights, we are definitely in prime butt dragging mode.  My house, me included, did not want to get out of bed this morning. There are 10 days left until school is out, this is the last week of “work”. Sixth grade has final tests all week (as if they have any brain power left), second and third grade have tests and plays to perform. Homework all week as well. The kids are mentally checked out.

Then there is the other part of life.  For me, we have the pending move which is motivating me to get stuff done.  For the kids, who are struggling with their emotions with the move, each day closer to the actual move is more and more difficult.  “We must persevere” is not what they want to hear, nor what anyone wants to hear, in times of struggle.  For me, compassionately parenting the woeful is my challenge.

What we need is a rally cry.  Where is William Wallace when you need him?  Maybe we just need face paint and kilts?  (Armor, battle axes, shields, or other battle gear intentionally excluded). That would definitely change things up around here.  Oh wait, that’s a battle cry.  No battles against tyranny allowed in my house where we could mistakenly (in our opinion) be viewed as tyrannical parents. You must move, you must go to school, you must take tests, you must do homework.  Yep, that us.

We need a cheer!  And cheerleaders!  Go Team Go! Give me a P.E.S.E.V.E.R.E. Yeah!  Persevere!  Woo!

Or maybe something in between.  Taking each day as it comes, each obstacle/hurdle/emotion along with it, and doing our best to persevere.





Resolutions 2013 January 1, 2013

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Resolutions 2013

Life experience.  To experience more out of life.  To get off the hamster wheel of the daily grind.

Better me.  The goal is not to lose weight, to exercise more or fit into those elusive old awesome jeans in the back of my closet.  To better me, I want to personally improve.  To be in the moment, to do the right thing, to be a better wife, a better mom, a better friend, a better recruiter,  to be as healthy as I can be, to learn and grow.  Whatever “better me” means to me on each day.  A fluid process, without strict rules to follow.  A change in focus.  Change is good.  And if I can fit into those jeans by year end, all the better.

Save more, spend less.  Reduce expenses.  Use more, waste less.  Spend smart.

Create.  I love folk art. My resolution is to create 12 pieces of folk art this year. One project is a borrowed idea from two friends that scrapbook the year as they go, instead of creating files and storage boxes, my first creation will be a 2013 family scrapbook.

Write.  I read somewhere last year that in order to be a better writer, you need to write every day and a blog was suggested.  I started the blog, but with 9 posts to my credit, that is hardly a daily exercise.  I promise I won’t go into minute detail of my day to day living.  The topic range will vary from poems to creative writing to memories to rants.  This is day 1.

Give.  With intention.  With purpose.  When in doubt. Give time, energy, money, talents.  Give.

Happy New Year!  I wish everyone the best life has to offer.