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Friday, January 17, 2014

My Thoughts About People

I was going to name this post:
My Thoughts About Children.

But then, no. Children are people too.

My feelings spawn from the amount 
of time that I spend at preschool.

When I first headed back to preschool I wanted to die, 
the children, they have a lot of different...

They pee on the floor, 
sneeze on my hand (always right on my hand)
and everything else you can think of.

I guess I really let those things effect 
how I feel about kids.

(Also the amount that I've been 
pinched and bit and head butted 
has probably had something to do with it.)

I realized the bitterness in my soul
when I was on a date and I told the guy,
"You know...I don't think I want children."

A couple of hours later
( I guess he was still thinking about it)
He said, "Hey, were you serious earlier
when you said the kid stuff?"


Well, that was then.
And now, I think I've come around.
Let me tell you why.

The other day one of the little boys at school
asked if he could come to my birthday party,
and with regret,
I had to tell him that it was for big kids.
(Even though I'm pretty sure more 
3 year olds would make it a lot more fun!)

I've found that children are kind.
And sweet.
They want to share their Legos,
they want to make others happy.
They laugh when the other little kids fart.

Another experience.

Today I was observing the playtime activities.
All of the kids build and karate chop things.
For an hour.

The current item being karate chopped was...
a wooden train track I believe.

Somehow the train track ended up
hitting the nose of my little one.
And this next part, this is the good stuff.

The first person he looked for?
His arms both came out, 
and soon he was sitting on my lap.

I snuggled him, 
and gave him eskimo kisses.
I told him that I was sorry that he was hurt.
(and also advised him to stop karate chopping things above his head, 
you know...gravity?)

I tossled his cute little hair
kissed his nose,
and sent him back to play.

And, I know what you're thinking,
"And that's when the water works started."
Nope. NO typical Tilly this time.

I really did love that moment.
All of the boogers, and scratches, and tears.
(Mine and his)
They were all worth it.

So. Guy that I was on a date with.
I've changed my mind.

I give in.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 9th: The Shared Day

(First of all, I understand that this might be an open wound for some.
I apologize if I hurt any feelings. 
I realize that this post has some really selfish stuff in it.
Hopefully you can read it with the feeling that was intended.)

Most of the people from my younger days
know that I share my birthday with Rachel Hanna.

Since Rachie and I were friends from a young age and shared the 
same small town friends it was only natural to collaboriate on birthday parties.

From having a tea party at Sengthong's 
to watching The Little Mermaid at Greg and Sherri's
it was always together.

I have to admit, I don't have any birthday memories that exclude her.

Obviously I was a little jealous when we were younger,
blah blah blah I didn't get my own party.

And even as I grew older, sometimes
I didn't think it was fair that I cried every year
on MY birthday.

That my birthday always included a trip to the cemetery,
and that my birthday balloons were given to the sky.

My day, was our day.

But life has proven to teach me a few things.

Through losing that precious little girl I've learned that
life is valuable beyond comprehension.
There's more.
I have come to know that families can be together forever,
even after death.

I've come to find that being selfless is more important than, "having my own day".
That thinking of others, and loving and caring will always lead to happiness.

That you can dwell on loss, live like a victim of life,
OR you can cherish memories and make new ones.

And right now. 
Even though I cry that I've been selfish,
 and I can't believe that I still miss her after 14 years, I'm also so happy.

I'm so grateful that I get to share with her. 
That sweet little girl reminds me to love others.
To make them smile and laugh.

And tomorrow, I'll wear purple. 
And I'll probably cry a little bit, because loss is so hard.

But most importantly I'll smile.

Because I'm the luckiest girl in the world,

I get to share my birthday with an angel.