When Jim introduced me to his new girl-friend Brianna I had to admit that even though I didn’t want to like her, she really is a very sweet and smart young lady. After all, if Jim likes a young lady well enough to be dating her and calling her “my girlfriend”, then chances are pretty good that there are some pretty special qualities in her!
I first met her over lunch at a local restaurant, near Jim’s apartment. I arrived there before them, and was seated at a table in such a way that I would be able to see them when they walked into the door. I felt a sharp pang of loss/jealousy when I saw them walking towards me, holding hands and smiling. A young couple in love. The wedding song about how a man leaves his mother leapt into my brain and stayed there like an ear worm from Hades.
I stood up to greet them, and wrapped my arms around both of them at once, encircling them into a group hug, and kissed them both on their cheeks. Then Jim said “Mom, I’d like to you meet my girl-friend, Brianna.” Then he explained that Brianna was the reason that he was not my Valentine anymore on February 14th. I jokingly scolded him that a son is ALWAYS his mother’s Valentine, and there was nothing he could do to stop that! We all laughed, and sat down at the table, alternating between conversation and looking at the menu.
I tried not to be too overbearing with the visit, not wanting to sound like I was interrogating a prisoner of war, but I did have a natural curiosity about where she came from originally. I was quite surprised when she told me that she was from the Bahamas. I asked her how it happened that she ended up over here in the US Mainland, and she told me that her parents were in the Island Properties Bahamas rental business and that they had managed to pay for her tuition to come to the US Mainland to go to college.
Then she was telling me about how small her school back home was and how she managed to get several scholarships and grants to come over here to go to school. I was really quite impressed with the whole story!
I love hearing songs on the radio that I haven’t heard for a long time and then going on to YouTube.com and finding the video to watch and listen to. My recent discovery is Sisco’s “Thong Song” oh how I loved that song when it came out almost a decade ago. It’s funky and easy to dance to, gotta love it!
I remember going to one of the many school functions that I try and attend to show support to my sister’s kids; they had the 7th grade girls dance to this song and I totally freaked. You gotta remember this was over ten years ago, it had just come out and I was finally realizing what the words were and what the whole song was about and then to see this young gymnastic team at a public school do a dance to such questionable music.
I didn’t say anything at the time, but after it was all over and on the way home the subject came up and we all expressed our feelings about the song and the dance. Man, didn’t I feel like such a “prude” and so “old fashioned” about my reaction to the whole ordeal and of course every time I hear this song I think of that day.
Being an animal lover for as long as I remember I always have several animals in and/or out of the house. If we had a larger place and if the economy wasn’t hurting our finances year after year after year, we would have a whole lot more critters under our care. I have fostered a few dogs here and there through out the years which is something that I wish more people would get into. There are so many animals out there that just need a place and a family to love them until they can find the perfect permanent home for them to live out their life. I have had some really entertaining and loving dogs through the fostering programs that they have in this area.
We will be getting a new dog in a few months, when the weather is much warmer. We are going to find and adopt a retriever that hubby can train and work with as a hunting dog. He all ready has some of the equipment that will be useful for this type of training. I’ve trained many dogs, but never for hunting and retrieving. The recently purchased sportdog 800 will certainly play a key role in this process. This sportdog 800 is a mid-sized transmitter that will provide up to a 1/2 mile of range that they have combined with a small receiver (a very lightweight and comfortable piece of equipment) to put on the collar. There is a lot of really cool training equipment online that we are always looking at and am amazed at what all technology is providing us in the dog training world.
There is just something special about getting a hand written thank you card/note/letter in your mailbox that is guaranteed to make you smile and feel good. In these days you have to grab and hold on to those special moments for as long as you can! It is a rare occasion to get any type of “good” mail in the mailbox at the end of the driveway. It is usually filled with bills, junk mail and magazines that keep seeming to come to me each month even though I never ordered or requested any type of monthly publication in all my life!
Silver Monster Beats Studio Headphones
So it was a nice way to come home. Stopping along the way at the mailbox to bring in the usual hum drum mail and finding a nice hand written thank you card from my niece for the monster beats silver studio headphones that I had given to her for her birthday/Christmas. Bless her heart she was born on Christmas Eve, so I always go the extra mile and get her something nice and that she really wants for the celebration of two very important birthdays. She is a good kid. They (my sister) home school her and have done a great job so far, but they have decided that when she hits high school they should get her into the high school in her designated area, which doesn’t have the best reputation. This will be an interesting and heart breaking adventure for everyone involved when the time comes. They still have a few more years to go and I’m sure that things will work out. Trying to think positive about the situation.
When I was a kid, all that parents had to guide them through the early childhood years was a copy of Dr. Spock’s book and parents or grandparents who were quick to let you know you were messing up. Now, new parents get parenting help from the internet during the pregnancy, through childbirth and newborns, for toddlers and preschoolers, and on up through the years.
On the www.parentsconnect.com web site there are other moms and dads (I love that there are a good amount of dads that are included here) who welcome your feedback and suggestions for problems they are dealing with that perhaps you’ve dealt with successfully, and a sympathetic ear with suggestions for issues that have you frustrated. The site has coupons and deals for saving money on children’s products and services, message boards, and a variety of interesting articles on both classic and timely issues, like the swine flu that scared us all so badly just a few years ago.
Just thought I’d through this out here today for anyone who is a mom, or is going to be a mom, wants to be a mom or knows someone who might be and could find this website useful along the way.