Karen, at the Rocking Pony, recently swiped a meme from another blog. Now I'm swiping it from Karen. It's very cool. I love a good meme. I especially love one which makes me think. Don't have many opportunities to do that anymore.
20 years ago: That would be (bear with me - I need to see the numbers to do the math) 1988? I was a junior in college, wanting to change majors from elementary education to journalism. Never quite made the switch. Wasn't overly fond of my new roommate and missing my old one terribly. There wasn't much else remarkable about '88. Sorry. It was a swing year of sorts, just the year before I entered a year long dating relationship, two before sinking into darkness.
10 years ago: Wait, I wanted to do this meme, right? 1998 - My Little Guy was just a year old, making Maybelline five and Oatmeal Head four. They were really happy kids. I was a very depressed mom. Just started homeschooling. Hating Florida. No friends. Marriage barely hanging by a thread. I didn't like 1998 very much.
5 years ago: 2003, right? Maybe I just shouldn't do this meme. Things were beginning to improve, especially in my marriage, but there were wild swings up and down. Five years ago was good in many ways, but I was coming to a real breaking point in my life with some difficult family. It was empowering, freeing in ways, but the Hunny was still teetering. Which means we were not synching very well. At least I had friends. And they helped me get past this point, wait it out without being crushed. 2003 was really tough.
3 years ago: 2005! What a pivotal year! We sold our home of seven years. The Hunny took some major steps toward freedom. We were both in therapy and making strides (I love therapy and highly recommend it!). And now we were faced with what to do, where to go next. So we rented a home. Indefinitely. And kept homeschooling. Indefinitely.
1 year ago: 2007! This was the year we stopped homeschooling! Definitely! The year we settled into Tulsa. The year of our rest and recuperation. The year the Hunny and I could focus on our marriage, on our kids, leaving the chaos and manipulation behind. The year I went back to school for my masters (yes, I HAVE only taken one class so far - shut up!). 2007 was the best year to date.
Yesterday: What the heck did I do yesterday? I slept a lot to be ready for a 12 hour shift at work. My sister came by for a bit and just visited over coffee. Which was wonderful. I did laundry. And went to work.
Today: More sleep. Work. More laundry. And I plan to kiss my sweet Hunny. Many times.
Tomorrow: Sleep some more. I know, right? And prep Little Guy for his cauterization on Wednesday. He's having the tonsils and adenoids out. We're all looking forward to him sleeping.
Feel free to swipe this one. It wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be. Maybe someday I'll go into detail about one of the years above. With pictures. Heh.
Until I write again ...
How do you remember all this stuff?!
Sounds like you've come a long way, and you're so much better for it.
What a great meme. I will be doing this one.
I am Godzilla Babys' mom. Sorry she ate your cows.
I think it's cathartic to do these...but what do I know. BTW, I have tagged you, too. May be a bit of fun for you;)
Looking back can be a challenge sometimes. Looking back with honesty even more so!
I absolutely agree that I would need therapy if I tried to home school. I tried to substitute teach and it drove me nuts. My catharsis was to stop doing it. MUD
This is kinda similar to the meme I did the other day, 15 years in a nutshell. It sounded "fun" until I began and then it sorta depressed me. LOL But it was a little therapuetic to write! Glad your 2007 was the best year ever! IT can only continue to get better for you. :-)
I want to do this one...maybe this afternoon while my little guy naps. I love that you spent quality time with your sister yesterday. Mine lives 12 hours away and doesn't drink coffee!
Good for you for sticking things out when they were very very tough. Gives me hope that we can get through our tough times, too...
Gee. Reading this made me realize I have a 10-yr crisis pattern. LOL I might have to do this one later.
Wow, fascinating information. I mean really. I feel like I've learned more about you in this one post than the whole... um..., some-odd months I've been following your blog!
I'm catching up on reading posts a bit - no fair reading ahead and finding out what happens in the next edition! No, I'm rolling the clock back four or five days to read about Flea's Sunday.
Bless your heart, you've been through some challenging times.
Back when there wasn't a non-operational car blocking access to my tools and I didn't have mommy duty most of the time, I did a fair amount of woodworking. Some of the woods which were most beautiful had wavy or downright wild grain - curly maple, redwood burl, spalted maple, things like that. Sometimes the beautiful grain was caused by insect infestation or by the wood getting attacked by a fungus. In other words, the tree had to endure some hardship to become so interesting and produce such beautiful wood. Perhaps there are some parallels with your situation?
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