objects in the rearview mirror and things too close to see

Friday, May 28, 2004

Close your eyes....And go back.... Before the Internet or the MAC…Before semi automatics and crack…Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...Way back.......
I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk.
Red light,Green light.
Playing kickball & dodgeball until the street lights came on.
Mother May I? Red Rover. Hula Hoops.
Running through the sprinkler. Happy Meals.
Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons. Fat Albert, Road Runner,
Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force
The kids from the show Saved By The Bell were your idols,
and all the girls were in love with Zack
Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos. Playing Dukes of Hazard.
Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar.
Christmas morning..you were so happy and now your not that happy lil kid any more
Your first day of school.
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses.
Climbing trees.
Getting an Ice Cream off the Ice Cream Truck.
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers.
Jumpin down the steps.
Being tired from playin'....
Your first crush......
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7Up" in the class room.
Remember that? I'm not finished yet....
Kool-aid was the drink of summer.
Riding your friends on your handle bars.
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school.
Class Field Trips.
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance and another quarter a miracle.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When your parents took you to McDonalds and you were so cool.
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives,
but it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
And some of us are still afraid of em!!!
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
There's nothing like the good old days!
They were good then, and they're good now when we think about them.
Share some of these thoughts with a friend who can relate,
then share it with someone that missed out on them.
I want to go back to the time when............
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo",
mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in Monopoly.
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Nobody was prettier than Mom.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
It was no big deal to finally be tall enough to ride,
the "big people" rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare".
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life...

Monday, May 17, 2004

So one of my friends started blogging quite recently... you should check her stuff out:

  • Britt's Blog Site
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    Wednesday, May 12, 2004

    Bah! Wholesalers!

    So much for quality control... we're putting a new freezer into my parent's butcher shop, and ran into a bit of a delay today. All of the 5 inch thick wall panels have a male coupler down the one side, and a female coupler down the other side. This works out excellently, until some moron in the factory puts the couplers on the door unit on the wrong side... That definitely set us back a few days. The guys installing it aren't too happy about it either, since they quoted us a price and have to stick to it. And all this means that I'll be lugging full trays out to that lousy little rental unit freezer outside that has no lights, not near enough room, and is a constant thorn in my side...

    Sunday, May 09, 2004

    up, down, spun around, left behind, and here's the word from me to you...

    It's been a busy few weeks, just getting back into the every-working-day routine again, but I'm loving it. It's been a grand eight months, but I really needed some change and working long days seems to be helping out. Getting out on the fields is the greatest thing lately - Trudy thinks I must go crazy out there since the radio in the tractor broke, but it's really not that bad or anything, it actually gives me a lot of time to just think and rethink and all that.

    This past Thursday night I went to Toronto with my parents and my sister Leah. When mom, Leah, and I went to Korea two years ago, there were a few people that came along with our big group of adoptees and families to make a documentary. They finally finished it up this year and were premiering a showing of it at a downtown theatre, so thats what we went to go see. It's one in a series of three hour long documentaries that make up a series entitled "Original Kin". It's about some things that can happen when adoptees search for and find their biological parents. We watched the first two in the series, which were really well done. This whole topic hits pretty close to home for my family too, since three of my four siblings are adopted and have to deal with thoughts similar to these as well. And seeing the rough times that some adoptees have gone through makes me really glad that my parents are as apt at parenting as they are. Some might think that there's a huge difference felt between adopted and biological children within a family, but the truth is for us is that there's never really been any difference there for any of us, we've always just grown up as a family and it was never doubted or questioned extensively.

    So if you're interested in seeing any of those documenatries, they're being shown on CBC Newsworld this week - part one "Annie Ong: Lost and Found" is on Sunday May 9th @ 10pm, part two "Broken Roots" (my face actually made its way into this one in a few places) is on Monday May 10th at the same time, and part three "Relativity" is on Tuesday May 11th at 10pm as well.

    This weekend I went out to the annual Wyoming URC young people's conference, and had a really great time. Rev. Vogel from Living Waters Independant Reformed Church in Alberton was the speaker for the weekend, and he did a really impressive job. I've been going to his church most of the time throughout the schoolyear, so I've had a good chance to listen to him a lot. Friday night I slept over at Pastoor's, and had a good chance to catch up with them after not having come to visit since about Christmas or so. Steve's nephew Alexander is growing up so much already! It's crazy how fast time flies. Saturday was a blast, after having a really good discussion group we played some euchre at the church and then went out and WHOOPED that car rally, taking first place. Hit up Montana's for dinner with some cool people and then went bowling for a while and played some pool.... (I miss that).

    That's the word for now though, I'm out for now, so have a great one and don't do anything I wouldn't do!


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