- My parents got engaged on Christmas Eve (1961). They were high school sweethearts, but say they didn't know for sure they would marry each other until they moved away from home.
- The school counselor approached my parents about me skipping the first grade, but they declined. Thanks, Mom and Dad for knowing what's best for me...that was the right decision for sure.
As a kid, you don't see "behind-the-scenes" of decisions that have to be made, budgets that need to be followed or schedules that must be managed. A kid's job is to be a kid, and a parent's job is to make sure the kids are able to do their job. I would encourage you to ask more questions this year, dig a little deeper into your own history. And try again something you historically haven't liked...you might be pleasantly surprised. Maybe there's a food you've never liked, a household chore that sends chills up your neck, or an activity that's on your personal "undesired" list. That's how I decided I liked tomatoes, mushrooms and clam chowder. Heck, I'll even commit to trying cilantro again, and I promise to show more enthusiasm when it's time to dust the furniture. I'll let you know how it goes, and I'd love to hear how it worked for you.
Finally, here's something old I'm seeing with new eyes...a project in dire need of finishing. I've always loved stars, and especially quilts with stars. After sewing a star block and turning it over to look at the right side, I do a little happy dance when I see that those cheerful points haven't been chopped off by my stitches. This is a block of the month I started in 1999 when my mom had her quilt shop. Obviously I didn't quite make a block every month, but I'm determined to finish it!!
Here's to a new year with new eyes. Hope it's a happy and productive one for you.
...and here's a sneak peak at the aforementioned inspiration...to be continued...