Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Things I've Learned Thursday

1) When I drive and get frustrated by another driver I'll say, "Move it, honey." I always call the other driver, honey. I didn't realize how often I "talk" to the drivers until Baby Boo asked, "Why you say honey, Momo?" I tried to explain to her that it was just a nice way of asking the other driver to move. (I don't think she bought that one for a minute!)

2) I've worn contacts since I was 12 and after losing my right lens, I'm back to wearing glasses. This is hard, really hard for me. I've always hated wearing glasses because my vision is pretty bad. What didn't help was the optical rep looking at my prescription and saying, "ooooo, not good. Not good at all! Oh, you've got such horrible vision." Thanks for making me feel better!

3) I made a bowl of popcorn for me and a bowl for the dogs. I even added seasoning to theirs because they won't eat it if it doesn't have butter on it. By the way, I found out, thanks to Ina, that dogs can have marshmallows. That's next on my things to try with them.

4) I've got mixed emotions about the orphans from Haiti being brought to the U.S. I'm sad for them because some of them may still have family there in Haiti. Others have siblings and could easily be separated, never to be together again. To be brought to a country where the culture is so very different from their own, after having gone through so much, I wonder just how devastating this will be for them. On one hand, I believe that it is not safe for them to stay in Haiti but on the other hand, how many moms and dads will be left there with nothing to live for if their children are gone?

5) Rainy days always meant hot chocolate and working puzzles when I was a kid. My mom made sure that music was always playing, whether it was our children's records or her Gospel albums. We would stay in our pjs all day and we never ran out of things to do.

6) I don't realize how often I use sayings when I'm talking. I will say, he just needs to "pee or get off the pot" or "If it ain't broke don't fix it" or "A hard head makes a soft behind." I picked the sayings up from my mom who picked them up from her mom. I laugh now when one of my daughters also uses one of those sayings.

7) When I get too old to see over the steering wheel or stay in my lane when driving, I hope and pray that my daughters will call DMV and ask them to take away my driver's license. I may be in denial but at least the roads will be safer.

8) Kids can eat dog food, a stale cookie found under a sofa cushion, a cracker that the dog has also taken a bite out of, food dropped on the ground with dust bunnies on it and they don't get sick!! Yet, the minute they get a runny nose, everyone in the house ends up in bed. (By the way, talking from past experience...we're all well at the moment.)

9) Speaking of what kids eat, my sister and I used to eat raw hotdogs, (thanks to our cousins that lived in the projects and showed us some of their ways of doing things), green walnuts (picked from the neighbor's tree), pickled pig feet and dried prunes covered in at least a teaspoon of salt. I'm totally surprised that our blood didn't shrivel up.

10) I feel most creative when it's raining. I wonder why?

What have you learned?

By the way, thank you for all of your wonderful comments on my story of "I" and "H". I had written their story a few years ago for a publication and some how, lost the copy of it. So, it did me well to re-tell the story.


Mari said...

You are better than me, because I don't add honey to my move it!
I love that your Mom let you stay in your pj's, listening to music and doing puzzles. What great memories!

Nezzy said...

I am learning the more I learn about you the more I enjoy reading your post. I love Thursdays!!!

Have a beautiful day!!! :o)

lagirl/sweet tea said...

So you're more creative "when it's raining". I'm just the opposite - Sunshine makes my creative juices flow...Lately I've caught myself saying "smack dab in the middle". Wonder where that silly phrase comes from? LOL

Love your Thursday know yourself quite well. *smile

Ina in Alaska said...

Simone you are so creative in your thoughts...I too talk to other drivers, and I call them "baby", as in, "It's ok to get ahead of me baby", etc... it makes me feel nicer towards them.

I remember listening to Elvis Presley records while playing with my toys in our downstairs play room. I remember the room always smelling a big musty. Anyway my favorite Elvis song I would play again and again is "It's Now or Never" With the Jordanairres (spelling) as his backup singers.

blueviolet said...

That might kinda take me aback if the rep told me how horrid my vision was too!

Your childhood diet was ooky!!!!

Christella said...

I also love your Thursday things. Perhaps it would help all of of to do something similar.

No. 7 The driving.

I'm older than my best friends here and I love the fact that they prefer to drive when we go places. They feel a lot better now that I've had cataract surgery but still won't let me drive at night. Guess the DMV is next. When you're old it is definitely something you worry about.

Erin said...

This was a really fabulous post. I find myself talking to other drivers a lot, too. My kids don't get it! So funny.

Veronica Lee said...

Like Nezzy, the more I read your "Things I've learned Thursday", the more I love your blog.

Christella said...

You've been tagged on my blog. Love your blog. So glad we found each other.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Your dogs eat popcorn? Really? My cat will eat one piece and that's enough for her. Then she throws up.
Yeah, I agree with your kids-can-eat-anything thought - disgusting as this is, I learned they can also eat cigarette ashes straight from the ashtray - not my child, but I saw another doing it.
I learned that it's no use to take a couple of days off work to write on your book - you get all caught up in blogs and making photo albums from Yorkphoto.

Buckeroomama said...

You're sweet to call everyone "honey" --even fellow drivers who frustrate you. :)

My name is PJ. said...

Mama mia! If I even thought about eating any of those things in your #9, I'd be sick. Really. It would be like Survivor when they use to eat bugs. EWWWWW!

Anonymous said...

Some cool things you've learned, but so sweet to make the dogs their own popcorn!

Helene said...

I'm impressed that you can stay so calm in traffic. I'm usually flinging insults the whole time at other drivers, while my kids laugh hysterically. I'm such a horrible role model.

I'm the same way on rainy days. I guess it's because we're stuck indoors so there's really nothing to do other than get creative. It's been raining here for the past week and so far we've baked cookies, played every board game under the sun, played cards and made so many craft projects that my hands STILL have glue all over them! But it's also been a lot of fun!

How funny that your dog only likes popcorn with butter on it! That's one picky dog!

Anita said...

I've learned that I need to back up my files (I have picutes and video) because one of my computers has a virus. Thankfully, the repair person says everything is still there.
I've learned more about cell phones because I need another one, and I may get a smart phone - hmmm...
I like all of yours. How do you come up with all that? :) Number 7 in particular, about driving, made me laugh.

Life with Kaishon said...

Raw hotdogs? EeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeK! Stop it right this second. I just shuddered as I thought about that.

I think I call other drivers honey too. I hope Kaish takes my license away when I am old. I already hate driving.


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