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  • dedicatedmommy7710 3:53 pm on February 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beauty, , hindsight, nature, nostalgia, perspective   

    The beauty in hindsight 

    UntitledThis is where I  grew up.

    Rumney, NH

    The Prompt

    The canopy of green in the summer is enormous and with sunlight trickling through the branches it couldn’t be any more serene.  The smell of pine needles and dense forest growth, delicate pink Lady Slippers adorning the forest floor. Ancient rocks and trees long since felled into their current resting place, covered in multitudes of moss varieties.  All this and more could be seen, heard, felt, smelled, touched from the hand-built log cabin we lived in.  Almost a complete self-sustaining lifestyle, with gardens for vegetables and herbs, chickens for eggs, pigs and turkeys raised and slaughtered yearly for meat, in addition to the animals hunted or trapped.  We used wood fires burned in cast iron stoves for heat in the winter, and the very nature of the house kept it cool in the summer.  The beauty of where I was and what I had, was never explained to me, was never emphasized as a kid.  Growing up I HATED this place, this quite little town with one stop light, with one or two corner stores, the typical main street with library, school, and town hall all surrounding a town center.  People worked, in the community, some traveled but not much. The nearest town of any size was 20 min away and there wasn’t much more to do there as a career.

    I hated that my small little town of  1480 people who all knew each other.  Kids we went started school with, we graduated 8th grade with, having been in the same one-building school-house for all 8 years we were more like brothers and sisters than mere classmates.  My first grade teacher was my step fathers first grade teacher and went on to be my little brother’s principle.

    I moved away when I was 18 and have been back only a handful of times.  I live almost 1455 miles away now and oh how I miss it.  I miss the quaint little town that only New England can do.

    UntitledWhere I Live Now

    Fort Pierce, FL

    I look around where I live now and I see a struggling attempt at life.  A renewed “historical downtown” with a fancy courthouse and a theater, a marina with a new boardwalk area only brings life to those who can afford to venture there.  That downtown wasn’t rebuilt to help anyone who lives here, it was built to attract the people from surrounding towns who already have money.  Who roll up their windows and drive a little bit faster until they get to their destination.  Meanwhile once you leave the main street of this downtown area you see the poverty, you see the lack of community.

    I don’t truly live in this town either.  I sleep here, my mail comes here that’s about it.  I work 30 minutes away, my son goes to daycare in the next town and I will move out of this area before he is of age to go to one of the local elementary schools.  My want for a simpler life, surrounded by the comforts and beauty of nature and quiet is shared by my fiance and the plans for our house in the “country” are being drawn up in our heads at the moment, with the strong push toward making a reality the focus of our goals.  It will never be the tree-lined dirt road hidden away from everyone that I had the unknown pleasure of growing up in but I will do my best to make it something we can be proud of and hopefully I be able to give my son the tools to appreciate it for what it is, and what we were trying to do with it.

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  • dedicatedmommy7710 7:20 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Attaining the intangible 

    Today’s daily prompt as many of you know falls in line with the grandiose holiday that is Valentine’s Day.

    Asking us about our first crush, all the typical feelings that are meant to come along with it.

    I don’t ever assume to speak for anyone other than myself and to that here’s my thoughts on the matter from the mindset of where I am now in my life.

    My first crush, my first “love” my first sweaty palms and heart twitterpations don’t even being to compare to what I feel now, and I don’t feel any of those things at all.

    One year three months and 3 days ago I met my soul mate.  I didn’t know then that he was my soul mate.  But it didn’t take long to figure it out.  My now fiance and I met on e-harmony.  Yup that shit really works, if you’re honest with and about yourself.  We got engaged less than a year after we e-met.  Many people may scoff at that, criticize and say how can you possible know you want to spend the rest of your life with someone you have only known for such a short amount of time?  The answer…I know because I am complete. There isn’t some story book fall in love mushy gooshy story to tell, we fell in love with each other and while it may have been fast for someone else it was just right for us.  Nothing has felt this natural and right in my life and I am thankful everyday for all the events in my life that lead up to us meeting.

    Part of what makes us awesome for each other, we both think today is a ridiculous holiday.  We take the time to love and appreciate each year-long and do not need a holiday to remind us.

    Another Blog not included in the Daily Prompt list but related “A Hallmark Holiday” by the beautiful and talented Pikzee

     
    • Pikzee 7:27 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The opinion of society matters not… if it did, I wouldn’t be with my knight in dirty Carhartts! I wish you both a life of love and appreciation. 🙂

    • andy1076 7:29 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m happy to see you found someone through e-harmony! 🙂 I guess I just haven’t gotten around to that huge questionare for my profile lol

      • dedicatedmommy7710 7:32 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It is a rather daunting task! Maybe the cards just haven’t fallen into place for it to be your time to get on there. One day you may have a spark of determination to get it done and who knows what you may find following in that sparks wake 🙂

        • andy1076 7:33 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink

          Here’s hoping! 🙂 Crossing fingers!

  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:47 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Feel Good Friday–It’s the little things 

    Warmth Spreads Through Hospital After Son Leaves Message in Snow | Kids.

    For Sharon Hart, the third day after her chemotherapy treatment for acute myeloid leukemia is always the hardest. That’s when she feels weak and sometimes discouraged.

    “The blood levels are depleted and I get tired and sick to my stomach,” said Hart, of Bolingbrook.

    She was feeling that way Saturday afternoon at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center when she looked out the window and found reason to smile.

     

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    On top of the hospital parking lot, her 14-year-old son William had stomped out a message in newly fallen snow, in letters the length of two cars: HI MOM. The ‘o’ was made into a smiley face.

    When he left the hospital hours later, William and his father and uncle added: GOD BLESS U! The gesture not only lifted Hart’s mood, but warmed the spirits of other patients, families, nurses and doctors as news of the message quickly spread. People posted pictures on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, drawing national attention.

    “My son has never done anything like this before,” said Hart, 48. “He is a very caring child and very loving. … He acted on instinct and from what was in his heart. I’m glad so many people got to see the message and that it touched so many. It shows how big God is.”

    Hart was admitted to Rush after she was diagnosed with leukemia on Feb. 3. William arrived at the hospital to visit her and noticed the expanse of fresh snow on the garage. He stomped out the message, then called his mother and told her to look out the window.

    “I wanted to send her the message because I thought it would brighten her spirits and help her get through this,” said William, a freshman at Bolingbrook High School. “I would love for her to be happy.

    “This has been rough. I’ve been praying a lot and trying to not think about what’s going on so I can do good in school. I keep my hopes up and pray every night that my mommy gets well.”

    With the help of a nurse, Sharon Hart climbed out of bed and opened the blinds. That’s when she saw that he had written, ‘HI MOM.’

    When William left the hospital hours later with his dad and uncle, the three decided they would extend the message to all the patients. It was viewable from the east side of the hospital from the 9th floor to the top of the building.

    “They wanted to write ‘God Bless U All,’ but they ran out of room,” said Deb Song, a spokeswoman for the hospital. So they wrote ‘GOD BLESS U,’ instead.

    William said his first message was specifically for his mother. But after the visit, he thought about all the other families. As he and his father and uncle pushed around the snow with their feet, they noticed people gathering at the windows, waving, jumping and taking photos.

    “It was very cold out there, but I didn’t care,” he said. “I wanted to get it done and let people see it. It’s amazing because just to see people feel happy feels good.”

    A nurse who works the third shift noticed the message because a patient’s daughter was watching the men stomp it in the snow and became emotional.
    When Angela Washek, 26, a registered nurse in the surgical intensive care unit, looked outside, she thought the men were just playing in the snow, she told the hospital staff. Then she realized that they were shaping letters.

    Song said Washek emailed pictures to the medical staff.

    “We don’t always get to see the good side of things in ICU,” Washek said. “People come out of surgery and they are in pain and feeling bad. When they feel better they go to another floor. This gave us a glimpse of people at their best. It boosted our morale, that’s for sure.”

    Within an hour, staff from other parts of the building were coming over to get a peek at the message, Washek said. Then the story went viral.

    “I still can’t believe this,” she said. “People have called from Pittsburgh and Cleveland and said they saw it. People want to care about the good side. A story, even a small one, makes people feel good. We all want to feel good at the end of the day.”

    “We got such an overwhelming response from our doctors, nurses and staff who saw it and thought it was wonderful. The gesture was so simple, but so creative and nice,” Song said.

    By Monday morning, the snow — and the message — had been cleared from the parking, Song said.

    But through photos and stories, the power of the gesture has endured.

    “She said it was really heartwarming, especially since she works with acutely sick patients, which can be tough,” Song said. “The gesture was so simple, but so creative and nice.”

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:59 pm on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    If Wishes Were Horses 

    Today’s prompt: Today is your lucky day. You get three wishes, granted to you by The Daily Post. What are your three wishes and why?

     

    We’d all take a ride.  My grandmother used to say this all the time growing up, and I think she may have had the saying a little off, but it was her saying.  I always took it to mean we’d have an awful lot of horses running around would make for quite a mess.  But also that we all have wishes, we all have things we desire but that doesn’t mean that is what you should have.

    With that said…Enjoy

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:43 pm on February 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    That Bitch!!! 

    We’ve all said it.  Wishing that some magical force will come and right some wrong we feel has been done.

    Karma's a bitch!

    This just in: let’s pretend that science has proven that karma is a thing. Your words and actions will influence what happens to you in the future. How (if at all) will you change your ways?

    I think for me, I would try and live how I feel inside.  Everyday life for me is pretty quiet and mundane.  I am pleasant and nice, but I have a lot more kindness in my heart and mind than I put out into the world.  If karma was a real force, wishing it upon someone else would have a negative effect on you as well.

    Do not wish ill on even your enemies, it puts negativity into your own life that you do not need or want.

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 2:04 pm on February 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    I Am A Survivor 

    Please take a moment to read a wonderful story of survival, strength and determination in the face of uncertainty and despair. Share when you’re done, throw this out into the digital world and maybe someone who really needs it will see it and will be the final straw, that last piece they may need to make a change. It may save a life.

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 12:54 pm on February 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    World Cancer Day: My Cancer Story 

    A beautiful story of the anguish and torment, the guilt and resentment, but also of the strength that comes from being a cancer survivor.

     
  • dedicatedmommy7710 3:58 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    World Cancer Day 

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    “You’re test results are back, and it is Cancer.”

    My breath froze, my heart stopped, my stomach sank.  Then the second wave of bad news.  Not only did I have this cancer growing, it was the worst of its kind, the most invasive.

     I was 20 years old and had Melanoma.

    I was reassured that they had caught it early, that it was very shallow and easily treatable.  The biopsy that was subsequently found to be cancer was done on a small mole on my upper back that had disappeared in the middle.  This biopsy is all they had to go on and to while they assumed it was “shallow” as I had been told numerous times I was scheduled for surgery fairly quickly and told then that they were going to be performing the excision a large area around that initial site “just to be sure”.  Fine by me, take what you need!

    I worry though, all the time. I’m fair-skinned, or used to be, now more and more moles take up residence.  I’ve slacked on yearly checkups and I live in Florida now.  Cautious as I am I worry. There is and has been so much cancer in my family my own diagnosis shouldn’t have come as much of a shock.

    Most recently I lost my father after his battle with Bladder Cancer having previously fought and survived testicular cancer.  Breast and brain cancers on my paternal side, my mother had cervical cancer, my uncle bone marrow.

    I know many of you if not all of you have or know someone who has been affected by cancer, and my heart goes out to all of you as well.  Take a moment to check out http://www.worldcancerday.org and follow their links to help spread the word about how we all can help in the fight to find a cure, to find alternative methods of treatment, to fund genetic testing for early detection, to fund education to get out the importance of self checking and follow-up.

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    • andy1076 4:29 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      so sorry about your father, I lost my grandmother and my fiancé years ago and still feel the loss today..

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