Monday, June 25, 2007

8 Things I Know

Another Monday, another meme. This one, courtesy of Jolene at The Middling Monettes. It's called "Eight Things I Know." [Edited to add: It turns out Jenica at The One Little One also tagged me for this meme. Does this mean that I should do 16? Naaaaah!]

1. The world has plenty of horror and sadness and death and mutilation in it. I don’t need to dirty my soul one bit more by reading fiction that delves deep into those subjects. All I need to do is read a newspaper. Does that limit my reading options? Yes. Do I care? No.

2. Life is too short and there are too many good books out there to stick to my old policy of finishing a book once I start it. If I’m not into the book by the third chapter, I’m onto another one.

3. Smoking is not only very bad for your health, it makes you stink and it makes you look older than you really are.

4. Tanning is not only very bad for your health, it makes you look older than you really are.

5. Women who were beauties when they were in their prime have a harder time getting old(er) than women like me do.

6. Children learn by example. When frustrated, I can easily blow my cool and act downright childish: screaming, whining and wanting to throw things. My eldest acts the same way. I wonder who he’s been watching? It is one of my character flaws most in need of repairing.

7. It is a waste of time for teenage girls and young women to obsess about parts of their bodies. In my case, I spent entirely too much time worrying about having fat thighs. I wore jeans on the hottest days of the year because I thought I looked fat in shorts. Maybe I did, but I looked dumber in jeans than I ever would have looked fat in shorts. I wish I could impart this one piece of knowledge to Sam and have her be satisfied with who she is at a much younger age than I was at peace with my looks.

8. The eighth thing I know? No matter what I say to Sam or the boys, they’ll take their own damn time reaching the conclusion that they’re fine just the way they are.

Want to do this? Consider yourself tagged. Post in the comments that you've done it, and I, along with my many dozens of four faithful readers, will come check it out.


Anonymous said...

wow-- this is like....wise.


This is an act I don't want to follow.

I related to some of your answers, like not finishing books if I'm not into them (how much time have I wasted in the past doing just that? thank heaven I've quit!) and not obsessing over body parts..tho I still have trouble getting past stretch marks.

jenica said...

it's so hard to instill that voice of reason into a young girls heart. when they're little they KNOW how beautiful they are, and then they hit the tweens stage...

one thing i've heard though is that it completely and totally starts with how you and your husband talk about your own body. because if you constantly talk about how much it bothers you and then some well meaning friend comes along and says, "you look just like your mother..."

anywho. i still think you need to do an *8 quirky things about yourself* list too! ;-D

i love reading your blog. count me as one of your *many* faithful readers!

Uisce said...

kids are like tape recorders. they're born and they hit the record switch. ought to have warning labels on them, they're hazardous! :)

Daisy said...

Perhaps the most important part of #8 is that they will eventually reach the conclusion that they are fine the way they are.

Sara said...

I got tagged with this and since it's very similar in topic I thought I'd share it.

Jillie Bean (AKA Bubba's Sis) said...

What a great list! I agree with them all! Jolene tagged me, too, so if you want to check out what I know, head on over to my blog!

I am one of your faithful readers, too. :-)

cjm said...

#2 is very good. I have a hard time doing it. I always want to give it more time, another chance, etc. Perhaps that's indicative of something? :o)

Crazy Working Mom said...

Yup, I've done this one...thanks for dropping by this morning. :)
I'll add you on my post since you've done it.

What a great list of things to know, by the way.

The Owners said...

Thanks for playing Patois. I'm right with you on #6. I don't have to wonder long about where my kids get their crappy behavior. Takes one to know one. I'm 32, I doubt I'll grow out of it. I like to think personality is genetic. My mom acts the same way. Had to get it somewhere, right?

Bea said...

I've been preserved from beauty by decades and decades of Bad Hair. Then I actually found a good hairstyle - and now I'm outgrowing my beauty. Sigh. It's still hard to let go.


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