Thought for the day…..

Good Evening ….. we are in the last couple of hours of Friday, March 15th, 2013.

Today marked the 10th Birthday of my great niece “Selena” ….. she is a lovely young lady.

I called her from my home in Edmonton, Alberta  to hers in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Since the time change this last Sunday we are once again “the same hour” ….

She is an amazing young lady and I am so proud of her …..

We chatted about her birthday, her bowling party and sleepover with three friends tomorrow.

I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up and she said a “Vet” and a “Writer” ….

I was not surprised by the Vet but was totally blown away by the Writer.

It would seem that she has turned into quite the writer during the last year or so.

She writes poetry and stories.

She told me that she has already written two books.

One has over 150 pages and the other over 100.

I think that is quite the accomplishment for a then nine year old.

She also mentioned about a poem that she had written and proceeded to read it to me.

Very accomplished.

I asked her where she got her inspiration and she said just one day in class.

It was amazing.

So I have to take a “page” from this now ten year old and get my writing act together.

It won’t be long and she will be published.

I also asked her when she got the time to write and she said “Oh, sometimes when I am tired of watching t.v. or reading” …. I just write.

So if this newly turned ten year old can write two books (she started the 150 page book last summer and just recently finished) …. so can I.

At first, I will admit that I felt less than confident in my writing abilities.

After speaking with her Mom (my niece) and taking a bit of time to clear the tears from my “OMG, what am I doing” eyes” ……. I reread some of my earlier poems.

I stopped to think about what I was doing at ten years old and then I felt better.

You see I will be 56 this August and 50 years ago this August I cooked my first meal….. it was stew and for a combining crew.

Also at ten years old I was watching over my four younger siblings ….. taking turns with my sister (18 months younger) staying home from school to help with chores and the boys.

I do remember when I was between 8 – 11, planning and executing several Christmas plays ….

By ten years old I was already babysitting for the neighbours and earning money to buy our school photos and books from Scholastic (from school).

I was doing laundry for our family of seven when I was ten ….. washing the floors (by hand) and polishing the floors …… making meals …. helping my siblings with homework ….

So now that I have finished my pity party and am realizing that each life is different.

I have always loved to write and I did write when I was younger but most of my writing and stories were in my imagination ….. I told the stories to myself as I did not have the time or means to write them.

So as I have now written over 700 blogs (which is huge accomplishment for me), I work two jobs, make jewellery with my daughter, keep a house, clean my neighbourhood, and other things …. I try not to be too hard on myself.

I am grateful that I have lived my live because it has made me who I am.

I am blessed to be surrounded by inspiration of all ages.

I am happy to be here.

I am so grateful to all of the people who take their precious time to read my blog.

Well I guess it is time for bed.

I have a cold so should get some rest so that I can get back my energy.

Thank you.

Always, Carol ….. (Alvin is sleeping ……)



Princess Selena ......

Princess Selena …… long before she was ten …..

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janice
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 05:02:44

    You should be really proud of yourself. You know my mom always thought that you were amazing. She couldn’t get over a 9 year old not just grocery shopping, but price comparing. Do remember when we were in school and there would be a day when parents could come to the school and look at our notebooks and work to see how we had been doing? My mom always looked at yours and Cindy’s in case no one else had been able to come to school to do that. I often got a lecture afterwards that I should be more like you and do neat and careful work. I’m proud of you. People with far easier childhoods and lives complain and feel sorry for themselves constantly, but you have a wonderful outlook on life. You are positive, giving and lead a thoughtful life. I have found myself trying to do a better job of those because of your example. I believe you are capable of anything. Much love cousin. xxxooo


    • mynewlifeat51
      Mar 17, 2013 @ 04:41:25

      My Dear Cousin,
      I am truly so blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for the kind words. Your Mom and Dad were always so kind to us. I do remember seeing your Dad at the Coop …. OMG, that seems like a billion years ago. Unfortunately I do not remember parent day ….. sometimes I wonder why I do not have a great recollection of my youth but then again perhaps it is a good thing. I do remember lots of things but not everything. I do remember how much I loved being able to go to school, and could not figure out why others complained about having to go. I apologize for the “pitty party for one” but it is due in part, I think to being alone ….. my Alvin does try to console me but somehow it gets lost in translation. Although I do think he totally understands as he does stay with me …. right beside me when I have a “teary moment.” I do think 98% of the time that I am truly blessed. I am grateful for all of the great moments, and for the less than spectacular ones…. for it is all of those that transform one into who they are….. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart my dear, dear cousin… bring a tear to my eye, joy to my heart and love in my soul. You remind me that tomorrow is a new day. I shall always endeavour to live up to your kind words. I shall conquer the world – one day at a time. I hope that in 2013 we are able to see each other…. perhaps SKYPE again …… Have a great Sunday. Much love to you cousin….. XXOOXX


  2. Janice
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 06:12:49

    You are not allowed to apologize for your “pity party”! You must be as kind to yourself as you are to others, no judgement. Now that I’ve scolded you :), we can move on. We WILL see each other in 2013. I am so looking forward to this summer, not only will work be better because we won’t be in a big transition but my new boss is actually encouraging me to take time off instead of manipulating my over developed sense of duty. Still trying to sort it out with Bert’s schedule and making sure my assistant takes some time off, but I will come see you for a couple of days at least. xo


    • mynewlifeat51
      Mar 17, 2013 @ 16:40:31

      Thank you my dear cousin and I am so looking forward to a visit with you. Gotta run and go to work soon. Still snowing here. Our banks are so high and the snow on my garage is scary. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you……


  3. Dara
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 14:18:31

    Mom and you had so much responsibility and a hard childhood. I am grateful that you and mom have been such amazing supporters to us kids!! It is easy to succumb to addictions and risky behavior when trauma was experienced in childhood and you guys have beaten the odds! I am so proud of you guys! You have been there for our family when we were in need wether it was food, a Christmas tree or just to talk to. Your life and moms is incredible and you both should be extremely proud of everything you have accomplished. I have a small family but I am blessed with so much love, unconditional love. Without this love who knows what kind of path I would have chosen. Or what kind of parent I would have been. Instead I was able to raise my daughter with empathy, read to her every night and taught her to reach for the moon. These are things I was taught by my mom and you!! Thank you!


    • mynewlifeat51
      Mar 17, 2013 @ 16:39:32

      Thank you Dara …… I appreciate your thoughtful reply. Sometimes we “have a pity party for one” but then we realize how blessed we truly are ….. both your Mom and I have each other and three spectacular children. All three of you have turned out to be such incredible human beings and we are PROUD. I am so proud of Miss Selena ….. she is going to be a writer just like her Auntie Carol and you are going to be the nurse that I always wanted to be. Well I gotta run as it is time to go to work. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day and thank you. Love Auntie …. and you are so welcome.


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