Let’s see…what have I learned in the last 44 years? Here’s a few things that come to mind, in no particular order.
1. My Mom knows a whole lot more than I gave her credit for during my younger years.
2. Anything that Mom didn’t know, Dad did.
3. I can’t get away with anything. Mom and Dad always found out the truth, eventually.
4. I can successfully screw up Jell-o.
5. It’s only an issue if I make it an issue.
6. Someone (something) can only intimidate me if I let him/her/it.
7. The choice is mine – always – about everything.
8. I can do anything I put my mind to (except make Jell-o successfully).
9. Don’t try to win an argument with a 6 year old; specifically my 6 year old.
10. There is no such thing as a squirrel-proof bird feeder.
11. I can survive quite nicely for 5 days with no power in the midst of an ice storm.
12. My husband is a much better cook than I am.
13. My grade twelve English teacher taught me more about grammar in one year than I learned all together the eleven previous years.
17. I always wanted to be a wife. Marriage is amazing, hard, wonderful, frustrating, and very rewarding.
18. It’s never too late to return to school.
19. Mom makes the best macaroni in the world and I cannot replicate it no matter how hard I try.
20. I did replicate her cabbage rolls 🙂
21. Matthew continues to teach me more about life than I could ever teach him about anything.
22. Marcus is a social butterfly who will try anything.
23. When you’re picked on as a kid and your sister who is 4 years younger than you steps in and picks up for you, you’ll never realize how much that says about your relationship until many years later.
24. It was very liberating to let my hair colour grow out and wear my grey hair proudly.
25. My parents have an incredibly strong marriage that showed me so much about how to deal with ‘stuff’.
26. It’s never all about me – and it never was.
27. I can not speak French and only took it until grade 10 in school because I had to.
28. My husband knows more about music than I could ever hope to, yet he pretends to be impressed with my music knowledge at times.
29. I don’t give myself enough credit when it comes to trying new stuff, especially in the kitchen – except for Jell-o.
30. Sea Cadets was the best thing that ever happened to me.
31. I can’t, nor will I ever be able to, swim over my head.
32. I can’t float. (Although this may be more a life lesson for hubby, cuz I already knew it.)
33. The man I told I wouldn’t be caught alive on a date with told me I he would marry me one day.
34. I screw up regularly, and that’s ok. As long as I don’t stop trying, it’s all good.
35. A mistake is only a mistake if you don’t learn something from it.
36. My kids are their own people and I shouldn’t try to make them anything other than who they are.
37. I love to write, I write well and should do a lot more of it.
38. My family is quirky but I love them anyway.
39. I am quirky but my family loves me anyway.
40. I am a thinker.
41. I am much better speaking about a prepared topic than an impromptu one.
42. Crying makes me turn blotchy.
43. There is nothing more soothing than sitting at the river with a hot coffee.
44. I have a million more life lesson’s to learn.