Live an authentic life and don’t worry about what others think!
Years ago I remember laughing over Erma Bombeck’s essay with my friend Birgitta. We both loved the message about living life in an authentic manner and putting on “The Purple Hat.” If you are not familiar with this essay I have included it at the bottom of this post. The message means even more to me today because I’ve realized that since becoming a mother I’ve been guilty of allowing a bit of my light to dim. Motherhood, sweatpants, conformity, criticism from peers and getting boxed in by the mommy crowd has put many of us all into the same clothes with the same purses and the same haircuts. How ridiculous is that? And it goes beyond clothes into how we are all living our lives. How many of you have done the same? We are hiding, blending and conforming.
I’m kind of tired of it. Continue reading
My eldest son is twenty years old. When he was younger he had sensory issues. He hated to color and would complain that his hands hurt. He couldn’t stand to wear jeans because they were too scratchy. Strong smells caused him to get sick whether we were in a restaurant, at a school event or in church. This doesn’t even include the normal childhood illnesses. I’ve seen more than my share of vomit, stitches and broken bones.
When I got remarried I thought it would be a great idea to have two more kids. There’s an age gap of eleven years between my eldest and my youngest child. Do you know what that really means? It means that I have had twenty years of uninterrupted and constant childhood sickness in my home and I have another ten years ahead of me! My house is a wreck. To top it all off, I have three BOYS so we have had several cases of man flu when they are not truly sick.
Sometimes I feel like I’ve earned my medical degree. Continue reading
When I was young my mom bought a book entitled Tough Love. She was looking for guidance on how to love and help a family member that was struggling. The premise of the book, from what I remember, was that love is not always easy but may require some very tough stances and positions in order to help and support a loved one. What my mom didn’t realize at the time was that she and my father were already employing many of these methods with their own children on a daily basis. I can tell you firsthand that my parents were experts at setting boundaries and following through with them.
It was a beautiful sunny day when a dog darted out in front of the car. I was in college, on the way to class at the University of Maryland. The man in the brand new Lincoln town car slammed on his brakes to avoid plowing into the dog and I, in turn, slammed into him. We both pulled over to the side of the road and he proceeded to walk house-to-house to find a phone. To my surprise he called the ambulance and the fire department. He asked if my parents paid my insurance and proceeded to complain about neck pain. The police officer that came to the scene asked me to write down what had happened and also noted that the gentleman was quite limber until the ambulances arrived. I got a ticket and the officer told me to challenge the ticket in court. It was clear that he did not plan to show up to my court appearance. Continue reading