Well it's time for the HODGEPODGE again, and once again I find myself a little bit behind. Not sure how Wednesday keeps sneaking up on me. But it worked out alright last week, so I decided to give it a whirl again today and jump on anyway. Especially when I saw that Joyce has shortened the questions to 6 instead of the usual 8 to give herself more time. I am honestly not sure how she has managed ALL THESE YEARS to stay on top of this week and after week, but I do know I sure appreciate all the work she puts into these. Anyway, you can join the others by clicking on the pic below this...
1. Share a favorite memory of your mother or share a favorite something from your own life as mother. If your a mother or a stepmom, tell us how your experiences as a mom differences from your own mother's experience. Oh goodness I have soo many of both my mom or as a mom it will be hard to pick.....I think I will go with one of my mom in her last year on this earth. She was 80 years old and living with us as she had a stroke and could no longer be alone. Some of those memories from that last year I find are soo frozen in my memory bank it's incredible, and I am soo grateful now that we had that time together as it was different from the vast majority of the time we had together as mother and daughter because she was soo dependent on me for a change. But on this particular day she wanted to "get out of the house" and do something and I was dragging my feet as it was not an easy thing to do for me. She was recovering from a broken neck and was in a brace and needed a walker to get around in and all of it was difficult for me as my own knees kept me from being particularly mobile myself. But I reluctantly agreed and we loaded up and headed to our local Target. Big adventure I know, lol. But she and I had always loved to shop together and they had the electric carts there which gave both of us some quick mobility. Sooo I got her into the car (no easy feat) loaded up her brace etc. and we were off. We got into our carts at the store (which I had taught her how to use a few months prior) and we began what was probably our last shopping adventure together. And everything about it was just plain old fun....She was in a great mood that day and feeling particularly spunky, and quickly pushed the go button for a quick pace and took off and I found myself scurrying to just keep up with her. We quickly whisked around that store and the laughter began. At one point I bumped into a stand at the end of an aisle and knocked a few things off in my haste to not let her get away from me. I debated rather or not I should get off and picked up the few items (it was only a few I promise!) or just continue on after her. I quickly decided to follow mom (I was afraid I'd lose her and while she had her cell phone with her she never could seem to work the thing right) and that's when I realized she was giggling uncontrollably from her cart and said LOUDLY "I saw that....they are going to get you....QUICKLY get out of this area," and she took off as fast as the thing would go almost with her head pealed back as though we were racing from a bank we had just robbed. I squealed out behind her and the laughter began. Oh my how we laughed....we got to the other end of the store and laughed until our sides hurt. We eventually settled down and did a little more serious shopping before we eventually left. Loading her and our purchases into the car we decided to stop at her favorite restaurant for lunch as well, where she had to be greatly assisted getting in and out of a booth etc., but I remember it as one of the best lunches out we had in quite a while. When I settled her into her chair later that day for her nap, and she fell asleep almost the moment her head laid back, I looked at her and was SOOO glad I had decided to get out of the house with her and have some fun. Can't tell you how much I miss her. I think our experiences were similar in many ways.. We were both stay at home moms with lots of kids. But probably one way mine was different from hers was that my kid were all sooo involved in sports and all that went with that. Multiple practices, games, lessons, trips, and on and on and on. My mom never did any of that. I am sure there are multiple more but this answer is WAY too long as it is...sorry.
2. In May we celebrate teachers (May 9) and nurses (May 6) both. Most every family has at least one in the midst, so tell us something (or a few things) you appreciate about the teacher or nurse on your family tree. Well, believe it or not we have only one actual teacher on our tree and that is my daughter. She only taught school (2nd grade) for 2 years before she quit to raise her own family, and they are still really young. She might return to it later after they get older, but it's a "lets see how it goes" for now. My oldest son is also a karate instructor so he "technically" teaches classes and private lessons every day but Sunday. I LOVE the influence he has had on his students, and the way he builds their self esteem and discipline. And then my youngest son is a Pastor. Which means he too "teaches" every time he steps in front of his church. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all he does to prepare and the effect he has on me and all those he teaches as well. That's 3 out of my 4 children who "teach" all of which I am grateful for as it was what I always wanted to do and never did.
3. Chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad...which would you go for it all three were on the menu? On bread or bed of lettuce? If you answered bread, what kind of bread would make it the perfect sandwich? On a bed of lettuce it would be chicken salad for sure...but if I went for the sandwich it would be egg, and then on sour dough.
4. Do you have a desk? Is it organized? If so share your secret to keeping it that way. If you don't have a desk, where in your home do you take care of family paperwork and business? Where do you normally sit to blog? Yes, we have a desk, and it's organized only in my dreams. I am going to blame it on my hubby as we share, and I try not to dwell on it. I sit normally in my recliner chair with my lap top to blog.
5. When I was nine years old...we had just moved into our house in Cypress that we lived in till the day I married. Soo many of my childhood memories are tied up into that house. I was the second oldest of 6 children, and my days were spent going to a new school I LOVED and playing outside when I got home. It was a happy time.
6. Insert your own random thought here.....My 16 year old grand daughter came over after school yesterday and we spent a couple of hours catching up and then went out to dinner together and sat and talked a couple more. How I LOVE this time with her. She opens her heart to me and shares her world and how grateful I am that she feels free to do so. Lots of what we discuss could be dismissed as "high school drama" but in her eyes is as important as it comes. I get my opinions across and my advice and hints and she seems to hang on every word I say. Which personally I think shows maturity beyond her years that at 16 she is smart enough to know with age often comes wisdom. (wink) But maybe it's because she KNOWS how much her grandma loves her and that I want only her what's best for her, and so she trusts me. Whatever the reason, I am grateful.
Hope you all are having a good week. Hope I am not too far behind for most of you doing this...Blessings to you all!