I must admit that I may have set myself up for a larger task than I anticipated when I promised to make the month of March “all about me.” I really don’t know what in the world I was thinking in saying I’d share about my life. I’m pretty simple! I thought it might make sense to start with the basics, however, which includes the fact that my childhood was quite traditional and very stable. Good for me, but not exactly riveting story material!
Stability is a great gift to a child. For the first several years of my life we lived next door to my maternal grandmother, with aunt, uncle and cousins living on the same property. We frequently had Sunday after-church dinner with my other grandparents who also lived nearby. The closeness of so much loving family undoubtedly left a very strong positive imprint. Anyone who knows me observes how a great deal of my life is clearly embedded in my family today.
It might surprise you to know that we have lived across the street from my parents for thirty-eight years. I’ve weathered years and years of raised eyebrows, questions and comments from friends who clearly think this is a bit strange. Maybe it is unusual, but the benefits have been enormous, and I think it was a generous gift to my children who experienced the same kind of closeness to their grandparents that I enjoyed as a child.
And now we have the delight of watching our two darling granddaughters come to our house and move back and forth to their great-grandparents’ home. I treasure this. It’s quite basic–I value relationship more than independence.
A friend gave me a fun book written by Wendy Reid Crisp, “When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60.” The book is full of quotes; many humorous and some quite thoughtful. One quote was particularly meaningful to me. Submitted by a woman named Suzannah, I think her words mirror my thoughts about what I choose to think about at this birthday juncture:
“Sharing is what I select. Sharing is what keeps me looking forward to sixty-five, seventy, eighty, ninety. I want to share laughter, hugs (especially from grandchildren), chocolate cake, good books, funny e-mails; I want to share my days with friends and with my husband, the love of my life. I want to share adventures, great wines, and singing.”
So that is about all I have to say to simply start my birthday sharing!
You might notice a new look to our blog. Well, it was unintentional, but “playing around” tonight I don’t know what I did but I lost our original theme. I started my morning very early, getting on the road long before sunrise to be with my granddaughters for my weekly babysitting…so obviously I shouldn’t be near technology when I’m tired. I’m not sure I like this one all that much, so perhaps we’ll have a go at a few more themes.
Let me tease you with my next topic, though. See the picture below? That’s me at around one year old. About seventeen years later my picture was in Life Magazine. Are you just a little curious? Stay tuned!