Thursday, 8 January 2015
Five Things About Me . . .
This is a photograph taken of me back in 1965. I was ten years old and flying up to Girl Guides from Brownies. I was going from a pond where I was a very big fish to a pond where I was a very small fish. Quite intimidating. Yep it's another five things about me post!
I loved Brownies and I loved the Girl Guides. Almost everyone belonged to those groups when I was a girl. I could hardly wait to be old enough to become a Brownie and I remember saving up my own money to buy my uniform. I was one of the "Little People" six.
"We though known as Little People, aim as high as any steeple."
I can still remember dancing around the toadstool singing that song, and I can remember when first I became a seconder in my six and then a sixer and I was the one to lead the girls in my charge around the toadstool. It was a wonderful organization and I learned a lot, both in the Brownies and then in the Girl Guides. Things I am still able to apply to my life today.
When my girls were growing up they were in the Brownies as well. I don't think either one of them wanted to go much beyond Brownies. I was a Brownie Leader. My name was Happy Owl. I am holding our Eileen here. She loved the Brownies. I loved being able to particpate in something with my children like that.
(Our Amanda getting ready to fly up to Guides.)
In truth I always participated with my children with their activities when they were younger. I was either a Sunday School Teacher, a Youth Leader, Brownie Leader, Scouting leader, Awana leader, etc. I loved being involved in my children's lives. I hope that at least some of them remember these things.
I have only ever danced with one of my sons. This is at our Bruce's prom when he graduated from High School. He was wearing a Zoot Suit. Can you tell how thrilled I am to be there and how proud I am of him?
Look at those curls. I was so proud of him. My baby graduating from high school. It hardly seemed possible and now he is 26 years old with a successful career in the Armed Forces. I am still proud of him.
I am proud of all my children. No matter what.
I am happiest when I am creating something. Be it a cake or a casserole or this, my latest needle felting creation completed. To me it is very special to be able to create something new and unique from a pile of ingredients . . . be they flour and eggs, or pencil and paper, or needles, cloth and threads. Having just said that I begin to feel a measure of how our Heavenly Father must have felt when He looked down upon His creation. The joy and the satisfaction He must have felt . . . and the sadness in His heart now when he looks down upon it and sees what we are doing to it and each other . . .
I wanted to show you my first piece of art for 2015 today, but I cannot get my scanner to work . . .
(Approaching the Fells of Cumbria and the Lake District from the M6)
I love to travel and see new places. Every place I visit quickly becomes my favourite place to be. I have never been any place that I truly hated. As a traveller I have been all across Canada and back again, visited all of the Northern States with the exception of Washington, visited France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria and of course I have been to Scotland and Wales and live in England. I have wanted to visit Greece since I was a girl and saw Haley Mills in The Moonspinners and I have always wanted to visit Italy as well. We live in such a beautiful world. I love seeing new places, experiencing new things and meeting new people. I think I would be a great candidate for "The Coach Trip" except that I would not like voting people off the coach at the end of the day so it's just as well I will never be on the show!
Life is exciting to me and I enjoy every minute of it. New places. New people. New experiences, tastes, etc. I think I must have the heart of an adventurer.
A bonus thing about me . . .
I have a brilliant sense of direction. I only ever have to go someplace once and I can find my way back to there and if we get lost I can usually find my way out of where we are. I think it comes from a fear of being lost. I always pay close attention to where we are going. I am never a non-participant in any journey. I drink it all in, and I never sleep in the car.
And there you have it. Five things about me and a bonus. I hope you enjoyed reading them. I love exploring who I am and why I am who I am. It's a great exercise for me to get to know me better.
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought
in our life,
or in the life of another.
It's Cheap and Cheerful Day in The English Kitchen with a delicious Corned Beef and Potato Pie!
Have a wonderful Thursday! Don't forget . . .
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