Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Yesterday the internet and the news was talking about a mom who had gone to the bathroom and came out to find her 2 young boys had emptied a 5 pound bag of flour all over the house. I told my daughter I thought she had just done it on purpose to try and attract attention to herself. My daughter said..."Mom...why would anyone do that to their home". Well...if you have ever seen Funniest Home Videos (which are not funny to me at all) I say people will film just about anything to get attention. I still don't know if the flour incident was real or what....but today while taking care of the grand kids I found this ritz (whole) cracker in the connect four thing. I had to take a photo, because I don't think you could do that again if you tried. Maddie said Kayla did it. Kayla is 18 months. I turned the thing over and a whole cracker came out. I thought there was only room for the little coins to go in there...but apparently I was wrong.
These two never cease to amaze me. Maddie was rubbing her eyes today and I asked her if she was okay. She said..."Yes....it is just my eyetacts bothering me." They help me see better, but they bother me sometimes.
Got this in my email today and I could relate to a lot of it.
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older
woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags
weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing
back in my earlier days."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not
care enough to save our environment for future generations."
She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to
the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and
sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store
and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb
into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But
she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the
throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our
clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their
brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady
is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember
them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen,
we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines
to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the
mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or
plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn
gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human
power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club
to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We
didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or
a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing
pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor
blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because
the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their
bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour
taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank
of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a
computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000
miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old
folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson
in conservation from a smartaleck young person.
Remember: Don't make old people mad.
WE DON'T LIKE BEING OLD IN THE FIRST PLACE, SO IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TOTICK US OFF.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I am down to the last 100 pages of this book. I just now found out that this is the first of a trilogy. I read the Pillars of the Earth and saw the mini-series. I loved both books and the movie. Then I read World Without End...which was a follow up of Pillars of the Earth. They are releasing a movie sometime in 2012 about that. I can' t wait to see it. However....Fall of the Giants has been a small struggle to get through. I am not sure if I am struggling through it because it is about World War I or what. I know so little about that war. The photo below is of my Mom's father who was in World War I. I really want to learn more about this war just because he was in it. The next book after this one is going to be about World War II and the depression. I think I will be able to identify a lot more about that book because I heard so many stories from my Mom and Aunts and Grandma about the depression. As much as I hate wars of any kind..they are a part of our history and even if I can't agree with them or understand them...I still want to learn about them.
Today is a day I remember every year because 33 years ago today our first born sons were born. They were identical twins that had Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Our first son, Nathaniel, died within the first hour, and our Nicholas died at 9 days old. I think about them often and wonder what our lives would be like...had they been healthy and a part of our family. I know that was not the plan though. I hope to reconnect with their spirits when my body has finished with this world. I am very grateful to have the two beautiful children we have and our two beautiful grand children.