Sunday, September 5, 2010

Random Reflections on Sixty-One Years

Things I've learned since September 6, 1949

On Being a Kid:
  1. You grow out of being the smallest
  2. Fractions are more important than you thought
  3. Never "joke" that you saw a neighborhood kid floating in the canal
  4. Assume that your brother will find your diary and show it to his friends
  5. Hope you get that many interested readers later when you have a blog
  6. Your mom will find out when you change your report card
  7. A tight curly perm won't make you look like Annette Funicello
  8. Don't ever swear at your mom
  9. Someday the mean 4th grade boys will be your sons.
  10. Grandparents are nicer than parents.
On Being a Teenager:
  1. Even the popular kids don't think they're popular
  2. Peer pressure prepares you for parenthood
  3. It's the longest six years of your life
  4. The music you love will always be music you love
  5. It really wasn't the best time of my life.
On Getting Married:
  1. It really is the best time of my life
  2. Marry somebody you like being with for hours, doing nothing much
  3. Reminisce often so you'll remember why you fell in love in the first place
  4. Notice reasons to fall in love over and over again
  5. Laugh as often as possible
  6. Expect troubles. They come whether you're married or not.
  7. Perfect people are very annoying. Be glad you didn't marry one.
  8. Go on trips
  9. Or plan trips you want to go on
  10. Or at least watch TV together.
On Being a Mom:
  1. It's harder than you think
  2. It's way more fun than you think
  3. There are lots of days you wonder why you had kids at all
  4. You can't imagine your life without your kids
  5. Kids totally take over your life
  6. But you'd give up anything for your kids, so it works.
  7. You hope your kids will someday realize all the stuff you did for them
  8. You wonder if you really did anything important for them
  9. Kids put you in a time warp
  10. Twenty minutes til bedtime can seem like six hours
  11. Looking back, twenty years can seem like six hours.
  12. You'll feel older when they're 8, 6 and 4 than you do when they're 38, 36, and 34.
  13. They won't remember that you picked them up faithfully every day after school.
  14. They'll remember the one day you got there fifteen minutes late.
  15. Their most memorable present will be the one they didn't get.
  16. Kids teach you more than you teach them.
  17. I would have been a really good mom if it weren't for all my kids.
  18. Parenting books are written by people with nannies.
  19. Most of us think we became functioning adults all on our own.
  20. All mothers are working mothers
  21. Motherhood is a multi-faceted career.

On education:
  1. School teaches you how to learn
  2. Most education takes place after you finish school
  3. Life stages are like advanced degrees
  4. It's possible to get several master's degrees at once.
  5. I studied childhood psychology (20 years)
  6. Family relations (41 years)
  7. Adolescent behavior (20 years)
  8. I minored in Homemaking, History,
  9. Creative writing, Computer science
  10. Continual learning keeps you from noticing senility.
In general:
  1. I am wiser than when I started
  2. Getting old is just as challenging and interesting as being young
  3. Fear is the opposite of faith
  4. Worrying doesn't do anything except make you feel like you're doing something
  5. God is good.
I'm glad I made it to sixty-one!

22 comments:

Shelley said...

I love this! The section on parenting hits home for me. I feel many of those things and am glad someone else does too. Thank you!

Katie H said...

Congrats on reaching 61 glorious years. I loved these tidbits...especially relating to raising kids, since that's where my mind is these days. :)

Amy said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Mom! 61 looks good on you.

Diane said...

Happy birthday! Thank you for articulating your life lessons. I think we've gone to the same school! Right now I will take the worrying one to heart.

Ain't life grand?

Alisha said...

I loved your post! Happy Birthday!

Martha said...

Great post!! Happy birthday! I am glad you made it to 61 and I hope I do too in December. Us 1949ers rule. I am going to be in Utah in a few weeks, wish I could take you to lunch. Thanks so much for sharing your blog with all of us.

Martha said...

Great post!! Happy birthday! I am glad you made it to 61 and I hope I do too in December. Us 1949ers rule. I am going to be in Utah in a few weeks, wish I could take you to lunch. Thanks so much for sharing your blog with all of us.

polly said...

Happy Birthday! What a beautiful post! I'm so happy you learned everything so you could teach me. How blessed I am to have such an amazing sister. love, polly

MarjnHomer said...

awww i love this..esp the mom bits. i have 3 lil ones 4, 3 and 1..they drive me crazy but keep me busy

happy birthday

Tom and Julie said...
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Tom and Julie said...

Happy Birthday to my MUCH older big sister! And I don't remember ever stealing your diary - and if I did, I'm sure I didn't show it to any of my friends! You are very wise now that you're so old - congratulations!

Love, Tee & Julie

the wrath of khandrea said...

and the wisdom just keeps on coming! hope you had a fabulous bday!!

Christie said...

This list is awesome! Hope your birthday was fantastic!

Heather @ Alis Grave Nil said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! I read this yesterday but I forgot to come back to comment. Hope it was a great day. This is a great post. :)

~Kristina said...

Three cheers for awesome Oma!

Raejean said...

Your list made me laugh and cry at the same time. Happy belated Birthday!

Misty said...

Happy Birthday! (And hooray for September babies!) Loved this post, how do you keep saying exactly what everyone feels but can't say? Hope I'm as wise as you are when I'm as ... uh ... mature ... as you are! :)

Susan Adcox said...

What great lists! Here's my favorite:
"Twenty minutes til bedtime can seem like six hours BUT looking back, twenty years can seem like six hours."

Time. It's a treacherous thing.

Rebekah said...

can I follow your wise words via email?

Amy said...

I loved this post. Thanks for sharing your gift with words with the world.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

Happy birthday!

Hil said...

Happy birthday!! This is my favorite post of all time. I love the insight, wisdom and voice that comes through. Thank you for sharing such great reflections!