Today, the tree ornaments came off our Christmas tree. I spent a bit of time sorting and re-boxing things, tossing out the bits and baubles and broken parts that always seem to reside in the bottom of the seasonal totes. We are much more organized for next year and will maybe have a handle on which boxes contain what.
Lots of memories in the ornaments. The majority of them came from my parent’s home; a collection started while I was a child. My favorite ornament is a blown glass mouse with orange ears and a pink tail. Was that a sign? I don’t recall when I got it but I do know that I haven’t put it on our tree in years because my cats took great delight in scaling the tree and batting anything dangling off of it.
Today is not only New Year’s Day, which in itself is a pretty neat thing but also my husband and I’s one year wedding anniversary. Not a long time, no, but when you consider how much we’ve surmounted to get to this sweet day? Seems like ages. We’ve had an excellent day together, lazing about, watching movies and talking. I picked up some things for the studio in progress. Tomorrow we’ll do some work on that.
Life is good. I don’t make resolutions, particularly, but I am working on a 101 in 1001 list. On that list are things such as “visit Australia” and “visit 25 states” as well as the more mundane “remember to think before opening your mouth.” Thankfully, I don’t have anything on the list about being prompt, because I wanted to have it done and written out by New Year’s Day – and I’ve missed that a bit.
I would like to settle on a set way to display photos. I change my border style quite often – a quick flip through my flickr stream will demonstrate that. I vacillate between watermark or no, digital signature or no …. So far, a distinct way has not made my 101 list. I’m certainly a work in progress.
I hope you had a wonderful day, filled with memories and family. I know sometimes things are rough, sometimes they just flat out suck – but now that I’m not in my teens or early 20s – I can also appreciate that 1.) it will eventually get better given time and 2.) it can likely always get worse.
Sometimes, I wish I had a magic rule book to get me (and especially loved ones) through tough situations. I mean, it’s common sense. Listen. If you hit your thumb with a hammer, it hurts. Then, you do it again – and it hurts, and 10 times later, guess what? It hurts! At what point do you STOP doing it because it hurts? At some point you HAVE to realize that the same action will cause the same pain – and you stop! Amusingly, that logical action/reaction does not seem logical to everyone. I would do just about anything to save my kids some of the stupidity and foolishness of my teens & early 20s.
I appreciate that to an extent you have to live it to learn from it, and I know some are slow learners (hello, I was). I know that my HS boyfriend and I had our disagreements and our falling outs, but goodness. Kids seem to take the drama & game playing to an entirely greater level now. I appreciate that some of it is “natural” as they learn their way but part of me is wondering how much this behavior/emotional baggage is going to affect their future lives and how it will impact their chances at a healthy adult relationship much farther down the line.
Maybe I’ve lost touch with what it was to be 14, 15, 18, 20 and in love … but I don’t think so.
Some things, you just don’t forget.