Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Writing the old fashioned way

It's pretty late.  I came into my room to do some reading and found that hubby had left a folded yellow legal pad piece of paper with some familiar handwriting on my bedside table.  It was in my mom's handwriting, and my heart just skipped a beat.  My mom died in 2005, so when we run across something like this it is pretty amazing.  There is just no way that texting, typing, emailing, etc. can take the place of something that someone very dear to you has written 'in their own penmanship'.  Does anyone even know what that is anymore?  Do they still teach it in school?  What she wrote was a little piece about her childhood and a few very important reminders for me, even though she seemed to have been writing out some thoughts she'd planned to present to her church family, as it went through a rough spot.  I don't know if she ever got a chance to speak but knowing my mom, if she did say what she wrote she probably cried while saying it.  The point of this, though, is that we must remember to write notes to each other, leave behind something for our children to find ...personal thoughts and ideas written by hand.  Don't let technology make personal written notes a thing of the past.  One day we may find that our computers, phones, iPods, iPads, and the like, don 't work anymore...and we have no spellcheck and no auto correct.  Trust me on this.  It is important.  I love you mom and I miss you so much.  Thank you for the notes...they couldn't have come at a better time.  I will think of you at Thanksgiving because you loved to cook and so enjoyed having the family come and eat your wonderful dinner!  Happy thanksgiving to all...and remember to be thankful....and practice your writing. Nana

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Forgetting to blog

My daughter texted me and asked me my blogger name.  I realized that (a) I didn't remember, which meant (b) I haven't blogged in awhile, and (c) I really am getting more and more forgetful as the days go on.

I have decided  that when I get together with family I am going to try to keep my mouth shut and listen.  The reason for that is (and if you know me at all it's very hard for me to do):  1.  I find myself repeating the same story over and over.  Now my mom used to do that and we all just sat and listened again but inside we were wondering how she could not know she hadn't told us this story before since it was usually something about our childhood or hers.  So if I keep quiet I won't be doing the same thing!  2.  If I am quiet I begin to realize that I am listening to someone else make the same mistake I would have made if I opened my mouth.  They are doing the same thing!  Two things come from this; I realize I am not the only one repeating myself and also it makes me feel better to know that others are also losing their marbles too and we can all just sit around losing them together.

I also know I will never be able to do this because I cannot keep my mouth shut. So just bare with me and let me tell you again....ok?

And on a totally different note but as a shout out to family - I just realized that all these years we have been celebrating Christmas by giving each other presents, which isn't very nice since it isn't OUR birthday...so just so you know this year I am giving Jesus a gift and no one else.  None do us need a blooming thing, but I can think of many things I can do for someone in the name of Jesus and I plan to do it!

Love y'all!