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Top 10: Lessons I Learned from My Parents

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I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all learned things from our parents–some intended and some…not so much.

10.) If you want a piece of machinery to work better, you need to swear loudly and profusely at it. I’ve seen this demonstrated with boat motors, tractor engines, combines, arc welders, and gas grills. I’ve used this technique myself with cars, computers, and sewing machines. Dad was right. Machines respond better when they know who’s in charge.

9.) Knitting is cheaper than therapy (unless you buy really, really nice yarn, and then you probably still break even). I don’t know that this bit of wisdom was ever verbalized, but it was certainly demonstrated on the regular. Thanks for teaching me the art of therapeutic knitting! (Full disclosure: sometimes I swear loudly and profusely at my knitting, too.)

8.) You can always use a good piece of rope. This is one of those things I remember hearing all the time as a kid. Literally all the time. And my dad always had various lengths of rope or baling twine to fix stuff. And he wasn’t wrong about that advice, either. This is a link to a thing I wrote for his retirement party a few years ago…involving a good piece of rope.

7.) Do what it takes to follow your dreams. This is one of those double whammy kind of lessons that I got from both sides–from both the parent who did and the parent who didn’t. My dad grew up on a working dairy farm and he was a journeyman welder and did maintenance on the kinds of machines you find in metal fabrication factories.

My mom grew up on a small sustenance farm and became am OR nurse. However, she realized really quickly that wasn’t what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. So she went back to school and double majored in psychology and philosophy and graduated at the top of her class. Then, she went on for her master’s in psych and her her doctorate. She ended up becoming a psychology professor and a leading expert in child development.

Just a few years ago, I found out that what my dad really wanted to do was teach history and write westerns. I wish he would have. I think he would have been happier.

6.) Life is too short to stay married to someone who isn’t right for you. This right here was a huge gift. I was sad that my parents divorced, but it was truly the best gift they could have given us kids and themselves. Everyone was happier, and I learned that it’s crucial not to sacrifice your happiness for anyone else and not to allow them to sacrifice theirs for you.

5.) It’s possible to be so tired that you can do some really fucked up stuff when you’re exhausted. That shit will become family legend. My mom once washed a load of clothes with maple syrup. She also once made quiche with spearmint instead of parsley. It was the literal. worst. (My brother Tim still ate about it, but he bitched the entire time.) I shaved a big chunk of hair off the top of my head thinking my razor was a comb.

4.) Wildly inappropriate lullabies are the best lullabies. My mom rarely sang us traditional lullabies. We got a lot of Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles, Carly Simon, Carole King, and John Denver and the occasional Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. I kept up the tradition with my kids with a lot of Dar Williams, Tori Amos, Kate Rusby, and other fantastically morbid Celtic folk songs.

3.)Once upon a time” are four of the most powerful words in the world. Both my parents were (and are) huge readers. And my mom always read to us. I loved story time, and I loved it even more with my own kids. Some of my favorite memories involve cuddling up with my kids and books.

2.) There’s no such place as “away”. Stuff doesn’t magically disappear when we get rid of it or throw it away. Donate what’s still useful and recycle everything you can. Yeah, mom was/is a bit of a hippie. And I’m okay with that.

1.) Unconditional love is everything. It’s the best thing my parents taught me, and I hope that it’s the best thing I’m teaching my own kids.

What kinds of things did you learn from your parents? I can’t wait to check out the rest of the parental lessons, and you can too by clicking on the bloggers’ names. Jessica, Jess, Kellie, Paige, and Deelylah.

5 Words or Less – My Past, Present, and Future

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It’s time for another 5 Words or Less post…

My Past – Learning Experiences, Challenges, Loss, Love

My Present – Change, Risks, Laughter, Growth, Love

My Future – UK/Ireland, Travel, Peace, Adventure, Love

Be sure to click the names to see the other bloggers’ 5 Words or Less post.

Jess

Paige

Jessica

Kellie

Kris

Five Words or Less: My Style, My Looks, My Personality

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My Style: Comfortable, Hippie, Flowy, Bohemian, Jewelry-Whore (Whatever. It’s a hyphenate. It counts as one.)

My Looks: Fat, Low Maintenance, T-Rex Arms

My Personality: Laid Back, Friendly, Quirky, Silly

That’s pretty much the nutshell version of me, but I have to admit, this was harder than I would have anticipated.

I’m curious to see what everyone else picked to describe themselves.

Jess

Kris

Jessica

Paige

Gwen

5 Words or Less – Other Bloggers

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I’m not sure is this is other bloggers in general or the Wednesday Random bloggers, so I’m going with the Wednesday Random bloggers since they’re some of my very best friends. I’m not using descriptors like kind or caring or supportive or any of those things, because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be my friends. 🙂

 

Jess – Angst Lover, Obsessor, Procrastinator, Cussy

Kayleigh – Sardonic, Sassy, Funny, Honest, Insightful

Kris – Fitness Fanatic, Determined, Driven, Loyal

Jessica – Quirky, Unexpected, Film Lover, Deadpan

Kellie – Superhero, Knitting Master, Artistic, Journaler

Jen – Brave, Whovian, Joelist, Hilarious, Opinionated

Paige – Strong, Sweet, Excitable, Doctor Stalker

Gwen – Southern, Cat Lady, Craftoholic, Witchy

These are my friends, and I love them.

 

Here are Gwen and Kellie’s posts. It’s another week of deadline hell for everyone else, and also new baby sleepiness for one of our members.

5 Words or Less – My WIP, Characters, Setting, and Conflict

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Let’s see…it’s time for another Five Words or Less Post.  I’m currently writing two stories, so I’m gonna do both.

 

WIP: Darkling Night, pissed off faeries

WIP: Untitled, music composition, lost chances

 

Characters: Devon, Jonah, Mellie, Fake-Mellie, Thorn

Characters: Morgan, James, Tris, Rory,

 

Setting: high school, woods, winter, inbetween

Setting: Wales, country house, dingy flat

 

Conflict: family betrayal, paralyzing fear, guilt

Conflict: shame, settling for less, loss

 

I can’t wait to check out the other bloggers’ posts. Click their names to read theirs.

Jessica

Jess

Kellie

Paige

Kris

Gwen

Five Words or Less – My Blog, My Fiction, My Creative Process

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It’s time for another Five Words or Less post. This month, we’re talking our blogs, our fiction, and our creative process.

My Blog – haven’t missed post since 1/14

My Fiction – quirky characters, emotional, natural dialogue (I hope)

My Creative Process – shower faery, trust the story

I’m excited to read the other bloggers’ Five Words or Less posts. Click the names below to see what they chose!

Jess

Kris

Jessica

Kayleigh

Gwen

Kellie

Five Words or Less – Myself, My Life, My Family

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This is a new feature this year. We sum up our topics in five words or less.

 

Myself – Quirky, Creative, Distracted, Caring, Enthusiastic

 

My Life – Chaotic, Happy, Busy, Surprising, Fulfilling

 

My Family – Loving, Hilarious, Supportive, Weird, Irreplaceable

 

I’m anxious to see what words the other bloggers picked. Click their names to find out.

Kris

Jessica

Jess

Gwen

Kellie

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