Lesson 1561- Life lessons I want my kids to know

When I was young (like elementary school young) for whatever reason, one night I decided to make a pronouncement at the family dinner table.

“I have decided on the name I’m going to call my first baby.” I announced.  I had put much thought into this and was very proud of my decision.

My statement obviously got everyone’s attention. Forks stopped midway to mouths and everyone looked my way.

“Okay,” my mother said, treading gently “what’s the name?”

We had been studying American Indians in class and I was obviously impressed with what I was learning.

“I am going to call my first baby Little White Flower.” Continue reading

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Lesson 1560- Life lessons I want my kids to know

 

One spring break when I was home from college, like most other students I was absolutely exhausted. But I couldn’t “come down” from the frantic-induced anxiety of my stressful courses. The first night home I slept a total of 4 hours.

The next day, my body finally recognized that I was home. I ate good food. I didn’t have to worry about classwork. I began to relax.

That night I slept for 12 hours straight and didn’t wake up until 10:00 a.m.

After I woke and came downstairs my father cornered me in the kitchen. He was angry that I had slept so much. I was lazy, he told me. I was a sloth. He became more and more agitated as he pointed out that I had wasted my day sleeping.

“Yeah but,” I countered. “4 plus 12 equals 16 divided by 2 is 8.” Continue reading

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Lesson 1559- Life lessons I want my kids to know

Many years ago, I had a boyfriend who, although nice, I wasn’t sure we were clicking. I second-guessed myself by thinking I just needed to give the relationship more time and things would eventually work themselves out. Right?

One day I was in the bathroom putting on some makeup. One of my cats pushed open the door a crack and entered. She leaned up against my leg and started meowing a friendly greeting to me. Continue reading

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Lesson 1558- Life lessons I want my kids to know

When I was in college at the University of Connecticut, I couldn’t believe how many different classes were available. To be a full-time student you had to have at least 12 credits. I routinely took 19 to 21 credits, while working a job in the library, belonging to a frat (it was a co-ed service organization), and writing for the daily newspaper.

I took so many classes and did so many things because there was simply so much to learn.

Although it had nothing to do with my major (Pharmacy at the time) I took an Education class intended for future teachers. I learned how to create a learning plan, how to organize a classroom, and I was also exposed to my very first lesson on the effects of social inequality. Continue reading

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Lesson 1757- Absolutely no words

 

 

This little one brought me to tears. What have we, as a society, done?

Demand change.

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 15756- The definition of Guffaw

The absolute best thing happened to me yesterday.

I had to go up north for a few meetings that took a wee bit longer than I had anticipated. I decided to stop in a restaurant on the way home for lunch. Because it was just me, they sat me in an area that only had tabletops for two people.

I dug into my purse, got my notebook and pen out and I started writing down things from the meetings that I wanted to capture.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw an elderly couple get up from their seats to leave. Both were as old as the hills. The husband helped his wife put on her red coat. They took tiny careful steps, the woman bent over in the way that time tends to destroy youth’s posture. Both held hands as they maneuvered around the tables. They appeared so very fragile.

As they passed my table, the woman who was using a cane put her free hand on my upper arm.

I figured that she might need a little extra support, so I didn’t flinch or remove my arm, instead I looked at her and smiled. Sure, go ahead and lean on me is what I thought, take my arm if you need it.

She bent toward me. “Do you want to hear a joke?” she asked.

I was a little surprised, but I’m always up for a joke. “Sure, I’d love to hear one.”  I replied.

She put her head close to mine. “How do you tell one end of a worm from the other?”

“I don’t know,” I said. “How do you tell one end of a worm from the other?”

She looked into my eyes. “You put it in a bowl of flour and wait for it to fart.”

It’s actually a good thing I didn’t have any food in my mouth, because the word “guffaw” was invented for just this kind of situation.

I guffawed.

The woman backed up and continued shuffling out the restaurant, holding hands reveling in the knowledge I’d be laughing well after she and her husband had left the restaurant.

 

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1575 – Ok, so I’m a fan of poetry

 

Epigrams 2016

Epigrams 2017

Majordomo (2016)

By James Burns

 

James Burns, a friend and co-writer, recently sent me three of his poetry books. I’m going to put this right here – I’m not a big fan of poetry, much of it flies over my head and I get frustrated because I don’t “get it.”

But that’s not the case with James’ poetry. He plays with words, he gets in and then gets out, and he expertly leads you to a conclusion that often takes your breath away. All of his poems deliver a powerful, truthful punch. Take this one:

#15

Poems are slices

Of my soul

Thinly cut

And ready to digest

Epigrams 2017 – Burns

 

The imagery is compelling. I get it. I know what he’s talking about. I can relate.

I feel it.

And that’s the power of poetry, to write in thoughts and images just as clearly as if you were using full paragraphs.

When reading each of James’ books, I find myself taking notes, marking some of the pages, telling myself that I need to share this with my daughter who loves poetry.

She should read this, I think.

She really should.

 

#6

If I prune my beliefs

And change who I am

Bend and twist my soul

As if I were the maker’s bonsai tree

If I give way to your will

What then becomes of me?

Majordomo – Burns

 

Perhaps it’s time to stop saying that I’m not a fan of poetry and begin saying that I’m a fan of James’ poetry.

Because I am.
I truly am.

 

Note – all of James Burns’ poetry collections are available on Amazon (links on each title above) and are very reasonable. If you want to try poetry or if you already love poetry, I suggest you give them a try. Trust me, you won’t regret it. 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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