Daily Prompt: Sweet sixteen

Me and my Celica

Me and my Celica

Remember the year I turned sixteen?  Must I?  What a tumultuous year, a year filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, a veritable roller coaster.

Looking back, meandering down that passionate, tormenting, and at times exciting path makes me smile now.  That is, after I reassure my racing heart that those days are over and we have lived and learned plenty since then.

To highlight the good first, I got a brand new car; a Toyota Celica with a moon roof.  My dad put money down and I made the payments working at my part time bank job.

Dancing was one of my favorite past times and that year and much of my solace came from lessons at Miss Debbie’s School of Dance.  I could work out the frustrations and stress of being a teenage girl through jazz, tap and ballet.  My introversion which I mistook for shyness back then disappeared when performing in a recital.

I suffered what I thought was my biggest heartbreak ever that year and went on to begin a new relationship which would deliver an even bigger one.

Seriously, I must add that this year was a defining one for me and not in a good way.  I lost myself in a young man and gave up on my hopes and dreams and settled for what I had somehow began to believe was all I deserved, much to my wonderful mother’s chagrin.  I won’t elaborate on all the whys and what could have beens, because I believe in the end, I learned a lot and some of that made me who I am today.

There is no reasonable explanation for why I made some of the choices that I made, but thankfully, God is merciful.  Although, I suffered plenty at the hands of love, I made it through that fire intact, albeit singed and in need of tender loving care.

I think sweet sixteen is an oxymoron, and I know many who would readily agree with my assessment.  As for me, I’m much happier now as a forty-something, confident, life loving, secure, blessed and highly favored, woman of God.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Family

At first I thought this challenge was going to be difficult as I love all of my family so much and there are hundreds of photos to choose from to depict “family”. Then, I saw this one. It perfectly illustrates the fun that my brother and sister and I have when we are together.  It’s not the greatest picture ever and they weren’t even standing perfectly to get the full effect, but it still works for me, because of the memories associated with it.

On this particular day, we were hanging out at a state park in North Carolina, enjoying the view, the weather and each others company. My sister had the idea for this picture, which was no surprise.  If there is a crazy idea amongst us, I can guarantee she will be the one who came up with it.

We’ve always enjoyed each other, but as life continues, with all of it’s joy and challenges, you realize more than ever how important family is.

By the time you’ve reached my age, you’ve likely lost someone dear to you, which further reinforces the brevity of life and a greater appreciation for it.  You realize tomorrow isn’t promised and the future is unpredictable.  People and the time you spend with them becomes a priority because you no longer take them or that time with them for granted.

May we be reminded today that “life is but a vapor” and make our choices accordingly.


I blog because…..

ahh..you can smell them

ahh..you can smell them

Lately, it’s been difficult to write.  I have second guessed myself regarding what I feel is one of my “callings”.    Yet, something deep inside provokes me to continue, even when the wind seems to have left my sails.

The reason I started blogging was two-fold.  One reason is that I have experienced enough of this life to have something helpful to say that might touch a life, even just one.   Barreling quickly towards 50, and married with two grown daughters and one grandchild, I have gained veteran status in many areas.  I sincerely want my words to bring reflection and healing.

The other reason is that since I was a child, I have had a love affair with words on paper.  Whether journaling vacation antics, writing short stories and poetry, penning long detailed letters or just jotting down random thoughts, nothing else gives me the thrill and sense of fulfillment that writing does.

My long-term goal in starting a blog wasn’t to find out if writing is something I should do as I can’t imagine not doing it, but to get better at it, knowing that one day I will finally have the experience and courage to write a novel, my life long dream.

Since I long for improvement, I will now solicit advice from those of you who have supported me.  (Thank  you!)  Is there a particular type of post that you like “best”?  Are there topics you would like to see me blog about?  And, does the fact that I also participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge take away from my blog?  Should I possibly separate the two?

As I start the new year, and hope to be a better blogger, your valued opinions and wisdom will be greatly appreciated.



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