10. Her house was always clean.
I live somewhere between hoarder and “probably” wouldn’t be condemned by the Health Department. I love a clean house, I just don’t want to be the one responsible for making it happen.
9. She was always so happy.
Of course, no one is happy all the time, but I’ve had some pretty low points and more than a few struggles, but they all made me stronger, and gave me an appreciation for the brighter times.
8. She voted Republican.
If there were just me and one other person alive on this earth, and that person was a Republican, I write myself in as a candidate before I would vote Republican.
7. She always put herself first.
As with many wives, mothers, and caregivers, it has always been easy to put the health and welfare of other before my own. I’m okay with that (and no one else complained, either). In caring for and serving others, we can find ourselves.
6. She hated teaching.
Whether providing patient education, teaching beading classes, or working as a nursing instructor – I have always loved teaching.
5. She loved shopping.
I would rather take a beating. Seriously. I hate shopping.
4. She kept so much to herself.
I am, pretty much, an open book. It has taken many years for me to be able to discuss some events, thoughts, and feelings, but they are right there, on the surface -my eyes hide nothing. I won’t go on and on about things, but if you’re interested, I’ll tell you most anything.
3. She was vain.
Not at all. If given a choice, I’d choose comfort over fashion, natural over made up or dyed, and “relaxed” over “fitted”. I’m usually clean, neat, pressed, and would probably not make many people throw up to look at, but I’m more concerned about my inner beauty than all the outer stuff. I also avoid mirrors.
2. She got tired of learning.
Never. Every day, whether pursuing yet another degree, or trying to learn enough to actaully teach something to my students (who definitely test my knowledge daily), I enjoy learning – Every. Single. Day.
1. She found fault with everyone and everything.
I learned that judging others did not put them down, it kept ME down. So I try everyday to accept others – reserving hatred for those people, and situations that deserve it: abusers, violent criminals, and the greed and manipulation of others. I have tried to always find the lesson, or gift, in every situation and every relationship – even the painful ones.