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I am always looking for ways to make life easier. If I can find a method that shortens the process or makes for less work I am all for trying it. I recently received an email from a friend that contained several helpful hints that make life just a little bit easier. Since many of these would be useful during our busy summer, I thought I would share some with you. Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
There is a common belief that behind a person who achieves success there are many people who helped them reach that point. To be successful a person must have talent, but they also need the guidance, advice and support to develop that talent into something grand. During the summer we have the perfect opportunity to witness the budding and nurturing of young talent. It is at this time of year that we introduce our youngest to a world of opportunities.
June Dairy Month has a special meaning to me, having been raised on a dairy farm. I have experienced first-hand the time and effort that the typical dairy farmer puts in to provide the nation with its dairy products. The normal day on a dairy farm starts early - around 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m. This is the beginning of not an 8-hour work day but probably more like a 15-hour day. Not just a one-time thing, but every day of the week -- 52 weeks a year. Milking the cows was just a small part of the work done on a dairy farm. The cows had to be fed, watered and often washed before milking.
Today is my birthday and this year it is rather unique in that I am the same age as the last two digits of the year I was born. If you are good at math, you will be able to figure out how old I am. When you reach this age, birthdays are not so much about gifts, parties or celebrations. Instead they are about reflecting, thanking, family, friends and best of all, eating. Thus far today, I have had one phone call with the person singing Happy Birthday to me, a card and hug from my husband and another card in the mail. This is before 9 a.m.
A few nights ago I had a dream. This isn't something unique, as I often dream. At times I even have several dreams in a single night. What was different about this dream is that I remember most of it in vivid detail and that memory tends to haunt me. In the dream, I was an adult chaperone on a school bus which was heading to some type of event in Elbow Lake. Somehow, we found ourselves in a town we did not recognize and realized we were lost. One of the other chaperones and I got off the bus at the public school to ask directions to our destination.
What did you do on your summer vacation? This is a question that is sure to come your way about September or October of this year. Do you know yet how you will answer? Naturally, none of us can predict what the summer has in store for us, but we can make some plans to hopefully make it memorable. Those plans might include a family vacation, a visit to relatives, completing a big project or learning something new or exciting. I am a firm believer in taking a family summer vacation. Even if it is a shortened version, those few days together will always be days cherished and remembered.
If you ever want to feel truly alive at this time of year just visit a cemetery. Not for the obvious reason but for a reason that is really only evident just before Memorial Day. The cemeteries seem to overflow with beautiful flowers, flowing flags, blossoming trees and neatly cut grass. My husband and I spent some time this week bringing flowers to cemeteries where our loved ones are resting. It was astonishing how the area has awakened after the harsh winter.
As I write this I am feeling the effects of two nights of taking care of a 7 month old child. My daughter and son-in-law were out of town at a seminar so I agreed to spend my evenings at their home and take care of my granddaughter. In many ways it was easier to go to their home rather than bring everything she needed to our home. I could work my normal schedule, take her to and pick her up from day care and at night she could sleep in her own bed. It worked out nicely and Jaedyn was a very good little girl.
Mothers come in all ages. They are in all shapes and sizes. Different temperaments, beliefs and methods of mothering. There are no two mothers alike and you don't always have to have a child to be a mother. There is a popular song that I like with words that say, "Here's to the girls!" I would like to take that song and adapt it a bit as a salute to mothers. "Here's to the mothers at about 13!" Yes it is possible to be a mother at 13, but my thoughts when it comes to teenage mothers are more towards the big sisters and babysitters who take care of the little ones when moms can't.
Infants and toddlers often have their own unique way of communicating. It is frustrating at times for young parents to figure out what their child wants or needs. After a time they tend to understand the messages their child is sending in the way it is delivered or how the child acts. My granddaughter is often challenging her parents with unknown needs. Doing things like waking up at unusual times, refusing to eat like normal and simply crying for no reason. When she sticks to her regular routine it is easy to meet her needs.