Tag Archive | children

Totally Awesome 80s Rewind: Childhood Relived

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Childhood Relived

I hate to admit this, but I’m always a sucker for 80s nostalgia.  Nothing could be funnier than Childhood Relived.  Angie Z.’s musings on her 70s/80s childhood are spot on, not to mention 100 times funnier than anything I could ever write about my own childhood.  Here’s the thing:  There is soooo much I can relate to on her blog, despite being born five years later.  Somehow I now have the urge to bust out the jelly shoes and bracelets.

Below are but a few highlights worth checking out:

Clapping will save us all! « Childhood Relived

Uncensored Cinema « Childhood Relived

Cabbage Patch Dreams « Childhood Relived

Gone But Not Forgotten « Childhood Relived

Dibs on Naming Rights « Childhood Relived

My First Guest Post!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – On My Birthday!, by Lindsey Russell « Once A Little Girl

My first guest post is up!  I had too much fun writing about one of my favorite childhood memories.  Please pay a visit to blog friend Once a Little Girl.  It is definitely worth taking a few minutes to look around.  You can find the page for one of my favorite features of the blog below:

Once a Little Girl Friends « Once A Little Girl

Currently I am in the midst of trying to create a schedule here at Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde.  Any suggestions?  Ideas?  What interest you?  I have too many ideas and too little time.

Thank you once again Adela and Once a Little Girl for sharing.

English: Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...

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Little Girl Rediscovered

Little Girls: Then and When « Once A Little Girl

Once A Little Girl will soon become a memoir.  I can’t wait to read it.  I do believe in fate at times.  Somehow it was no accident I stumbled across Once A Little Girl.  I plan to watch closely as the transition from blog to book takes place.

This situation may in fact eventually address a few of the issues I’ve had as of late.  What is left online?  What gets put in the book?  If you eventually want to use a story in a memoir or novel, why put it out there online for free?  So many questions!  I need to take a serious reassessment of my goals, dreams, and ambitions concerning writing.  Maybe that little first grader who loved to write and draw is still in there somewhere.  We need to get acquainted once again.

This is my actual 1st grade school picture. 1987 - Sterling Elementary School

Keeping Time: Back To The Grindstone; Or, I Love You More Than Plankton

Keeping Time: Back to the Grindstone; or, I Love You More than Plankton

It takes quite a bit to get me choked up, but this post just about did me in.  What a sweet story!  The picture is just beautiful as well.  It makes me wonder if we all really started out so sweet and innocent.

There are so many times when I wonder if I should share such posts here.  I want to create my own content.  When you come across something so perfect as this, which can entirely speak for itself, what do you add?  That question is always in the back of my mind.

Enjoy!

Grindstone Lake, Wisconsin at sunset

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Why Do You Ask?

‘Times’ Advice Guru Answers Your Social Q’s : NPR

This interview, which I happened to catch on the radio on my way home from work, really struck a chord.  People can offend so easily without necessarily realizing what they are doing.  They may mean well, but that doesn’t make it OK.  For example, many people ask a couple who have dated for years when they plan to marry.  Worse yet, almost as soon as a wedding is over, well-meaning relatives, usually female, ask when the happy couple plans to have children.  I have all too much experience with these prying personal questions.

Here’s the thing:  You have no idea what someone else is going through.  For example, in the case of the above questions, I’d love more than anything to be starting a family right now.  I do want to get married and want to have children more than anything.  Unfortunately, I have Turner Syndrome and that isn’t likely to happen.  It kills me to watch my childhood friends, my cousins, and my little sister become mothers knowing that I don’t get to join the club, at least not yet.  In fact, there is a very real reason why I don’t want to get married at this point.  I don’t wanted to be asked continuously why I’m not pregnant yet, especially considering most women my age are starting to hear the tick of the biological clock.

Do I eventually want to get married?  Of course!  I just want to be in a position to start the adoption process at the same time.  I want to be able to have an answer to those inevitable questions.  I want to be able to say that we’ve started the adoption process.  Maybe then the person asking the prying questions will realize that marriage and parenthood doesn’t necessarily come easily for everyone.

When I first heard the interview and the suggestion of coming back with “Why do you ask?,” I couldn’t help think about a certain scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary in which Bridget suffers through a dinner party composed of smug marrieds, Bridget being the odd woman out.  In my opinion, “Why do you ask?” is the perfect response for such situations.  I just wish that people didn’t feel the need to ask such personal questions.  If I have wonderful news such as I am getting married or I am pregnant, I will share.  I promise.  Until then, please just keep your thoughts to yourself.  It is my life to live and no one else’s.  Period.

Life

"Kirche Gröben" (big church), Brande...

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October 2, 2011 | The Deacon’s Bench

This is simply one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever read.  I have the Anchoress to thank for bringing it to my attention.  You can find her take on it here.

How Things Work: My Insatiable Curiosity

LEGO Indiana Jones in 2008

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How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works – Blogs

I have to admit that I am a bit of a geek and love learning for the sake of learning.  I recently learned about a website, and companion blogs, that I wish I had access to as a child (see above).  Let’s get real here:  I wish the internet existed in a functional way during my childhood.  It wasn’t until my teenage years that the internet became widely known and used.  I’ve spent most of my late teenage years and early adult years watching the internet grow, expand, and evolve.  I’ve loved every minute of it.  I continue to watch it evolve.  I wonder what will be next.  At the risk of sounding old, kids really don’t understand what they have at their disposal today.

I couldn’t help but think of this when I discovered this website and blogs.  It was a valuable addition to my childhood library.

Childhood Is Worth Saving

Children in Jerusalem.
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Saving Childhood – USATODAY.com

I’ve read some wonderful articles lately on USA Today regarding the sorry state of childhood.  It is sad that kids can’t take the time to be kids anymore.  At 30, what I notice with kids today leaves me wondering just how bad it will get in 10 to 20 years.  What I cherish about my childhood seems so non-existent now.

My desire to preserve those memories is actually what drove me to write in the first place.  I just hope that one day my work will be done – and read.

“Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry Stuck in My Head

I’ve had this song stuck in my head ever since this non-controversy started.  I just don’t get the controversy.  There are Disney characters (i.e. Tinkerbell) that wear fewer clothes.  Personally I think the entire thing is cute and the “controversy” overblown.  I just wish that I could get the song out of my head.  Then again, I’ve always liked Katy Perry‘s music.

By the way, why aren’t parents outraged that Elmo isn’t wearing ANY clothes?  Just a thought.  At least Sesame Street was smart enough not to invite Lady Gaga to sing.  It could always be worse.

Imperfection Suddenly In?

The Anchoress | A First Things Blog

This article is dead-on.  I think we all should accept our physical imperfections.  I, along with much of the adult female population, tire of looking at ideas of “perfection” that have been air-brushed into oblivion in magazines and online.  That isn’t to mention all the makeup and lighting tricks used on TV.

What is truly sad is how children pick on other children who are physically different.  Too often parents and teachers treat bullying and teasing as a normal part of childhood.  A little girl who may not exactly be thin who continually hears how fat she is at school will begin to believe it.  Things like that lead to real physical issues in adults, including eating disorders.

Lindsey