Friday, July 21, 2017


Standing in line this morning at Lowe's Home Improvement in Morganton, there was a man in line in front of me and I looked down and what tattoo did he have on his leg....a leg lamp....YES on his leg, how funny.  I thought to myself, how cool is that, we have something in common (no not a leg lamp tattoo) but the love of the all time number one Christmas movie, A Christmas Story.  Too funny, I love it.  As this man stood there reading his phone he turned slightly and what T shirt did he have on....another whoo was a Citizens Earth Media T shirt.  OK so we have at least those two things in common.  The guys that own Citizens Earth Media are awesome.  I almost said something to the man about his tattoo and his T shirt, but you know my introverted self, I didn't.

Went about my day and then in the grocery store this evening I saw another man with a Mountain Burrito T shirt on.  A delicious local restaurant here.  I am sure you have heard me talk about them before, if we want a picnic to take hiking that doesn't involve a lot of work on my part, we go to Mountain Burrito.

It just really made me think about all the little things we have in common with other people that we never realize.  That if I actually put myself out there I bet I could connect with everyone on some level.  It might not be anything deep or meaningful, but a connection.  Some place that we could put all the things we don't have in common aside and just connect for that one second.  A brief moment to share a common trivial, or not so trivial, item.

I bet we could all do that.  Maybe I need to start reaching outside my shell just a bit more and start connecting with strangers in my path every day.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Growing and Changing

Wow, my oldest turned 23 on Tuesday.  We were unbelievably busy on Tuesday so he chose to celebrate yesterday instead.   His pick was out to eat at The Wisteria, a local restaurant we enjoy. And then it was home for cake, ice cream and presents.  He chose, again this year, a sachertorte, for his cake.  He likes this, but it is a lot of egg, so I am out on this one.  He loved it, so I loved making it.  It is so hard and yet easy to believe he is 23.  I remember everything, the day he was born (of course) all of his firsts, just like they were all yesterday.

I have my BSN and had worked in the NICU and the well baby nursery, I was a lactation consultant and a Lamaze instructor, but none of that prepared me for how amazing and challenging motherhood has been.  Such a wonderful new adventure that changes daily.  I wouldn't change a thing and have loved every second of it.  I can't wait to see what is next for this amazing young man, as well as his brother.

It is just hard to believe, sometimes, that we have lived and laughed here in Burke County North Carolina for almost 20 years.  Hard to believe that I am the mother of a 23 year old human being.  Ah, such is life, my life, a wonderful life of growth and change.

In the photo you can see his tiny hand prints on the wall toward the top right.  
Those were done in the year 2000.  So tiny.