My pretty girls. We love beach time and being near the ocean. And can’t wait to go back!
It’s Friday morning and this weekend that means 4 whole days off from work. Today is a teacher work day but as an assistant, I do not have to come in. I’m going anyways later today but not in my usual capacity, I’ll be going as photographer to take the girls’ basketball team photos. I’m thrilled and beyond nervous at the same time. I sure hope I can do right by my friend and her team. Wish me luck!
Last night, as I was cleaning up after dinner my mind started wandering, as it so often does when my hands are busy. And I realized that last weekend was my 3rd anniversary as a US citizen. I was so busy prepping for hubby’s birthday party and celebrating him that it just never came up. I guess, I’m getting to a point where it just is a part of who I am now. In a way, I don’t think I will ever take it for granted. At the recent awards ceremony for our country science fair winners the color guard of the school it was held at came out to present the colors and everyone stood to say the pledge of allegiance. Can I just say that it still makes me tear up and I get a huge lump in my throat. I wonder if that will ever go away…
And then my mind went from that to the fact that at the end of this year, December 30, 2015, my family and I will have lived here for 20 years!!! 20 years people! Looking back, I remember people telling me that, when we were here only a few years and I often wondered how that would feel. I couldn’t imagine it and now this is us and it’s still a little hard to believe because I have no difficulty imagining the 16 year old girl I was back then, the wonder, the fear, the nervousness… 20 years in which our lives changed in ways that I know, I will never fully understand. I don’t know what live would have been like for me had I stayed in Germany, so it’s hard to imagine anything beyond what is.
Something else that has been on my mind, in a little corner, far far back, pushed there by me but not wanting to stay quiet. It’s been there ever since hubby’s company Christmas party in mid-December… At that party I met a very nice woman, the mother of one of hubby’s co-workers. We sat and started chatting, she told me stories, of her life in Germany, just before the wall was put up, her subsequent move to England and eventually the US. I love listening to these type of stories. And while we sat there, I told her my story, a story that in a way is special, having grown up behind the wall that she managed to “escape”, even if it was only as a child. And at the end of the night, when we started saying our good-byes, she looked at me, and told me that I should, no need, to write a book. A book about my story. I’m not sure if I can, or that I will or that my story is all that special. Even though I believe that all our stories are special, each in their own way, even if we think, our lives are mundane.
So there you have it, these thoughts that have been swirling around my mind. Random thoughts that sometimes just need to be put down on paper or a screen.
And since it’s Friday, and I’m home, I will join Hilary for some fill in fun. She shares four blank statements with us, we fill them in and then share our answers, link up and hop around.
Here are this week’s statements:
- Do I have ___
- If only ___ then ___
- Every girl needs a___ and every boy needs ___
- I would love to learn about ___ but do not want to have to ___
- Do I have things on my mind? Yes! Yes, I do!
- If only the sun would shine today then I would go to the beach.
- Every girls needs a boy and every boy needs a girl. (According to middle daughter!)
- I would love to learn about many, many things but do not want to have to add more to my already packed schedule. (Sorry, couldn’t come up with anything more specific.)
Ok, now it’s your turn. Let me know how you would answer some of these, either in the comments or by playing along!
Have a great weekend everyone!!!