1. I remember the first time I went to a Toys R Us. I was about 10 years old and had received some money for my birthday. The toy mammoth had just opened locally so my mom took me. If you’ve forgotten the first time you ever went, just take your kids and watch their faces. You’ll be reminded of what it felt like. Their were AISLES of board games and racks of toys that stretched all the way to the ceiling. Toys I had never seen in the aisles of the dollar store or West Gibson’s. I bought a book. Little House on the Prairie to be exact.
2. I don’t like to know what I’m getting for Christmas or my birthday. I think gifts should be a surprise. I never sneaked around trying to find where my mom hid the presents. One year my cousin found out what my grandmother was giving us and told me. It was the most disappointing year ever. Not because the gift was bad, but because I knew what it was before I opened it.
3. I took a floral design class. It was a couple of years after David and I were married. His mother signed up to take it. When she told me about it, I decided to go too. It is one the things I’m most thankful that I ever did. Not because it helps me do stuff for myself, but because I got the time to do something with my mother in law before she passed away.
4. But my stepmother is the one that taught me how to tie bows. Her aunt had a Christmas shop where she helped out every year. I would go with her and sit in the back room watching her put together wreaths and flower arrangements. She taught me how to tie bows in that back room. The smell of hot glue still takes me right back there.
5. My mom was a stay at home mom for the first 10 or so years of my life, but I never considered being one myself. I just always assumed I would work outside the home. I’ve thought about it a few (or more) times since having children, but even now, I still like to work. Of course there will always be little things I would like to tweak and some days the very last thing I want to do is get out of bed, but for the most part, I enjoy working and I’m glad I’m able to do so.