The Big Picture Always Looks Better

Last month I made an iMovie for my father-in-law for his 60th. It was centered around my growing son’s life. Since Max was born in June, things have been crazy, to say the least. Any new parent can tell you that the transition from childless to parenthood is not always easy. With Max’s complicated birth, and my apparently horrible, child-bearing body, I was sick for months. It was really hard to care for a newborn. Many days, I kept wishing for the next stage to start.

Other problems popped up along the way, and I kept thinking that things were really hard. I carried this chip on my shoulder. I was jealous of other people, all I could think of was sleep, and at night, I couldn’t sleep.

To make a long story short, I made this video for my father, but really I gave myself a gift. I remembered all the wonderful moments from this last year. I was grateful for all the time that Max spent with me, both sets of grandparents, and all of his cousins. He is luckier than a lot of other children.

The big picture of this last year is wonderful. I have a healthy son, a happy husband, and a great support system. Sometimes the minutia of the day get people down: running out of wipes, stepping in dog poop, getting honked at when you are driving. Sometimes it’s the bigger problems that keep people awake at night: jobs, money, health.

As Chuck Palahnuik once said, “You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive …don’t let the things you own, own you.”

Your successes, but most of all your losses are not what define you. I believe it is the big picture, and it always takes awhile to see it, especially when you are in it. So here is my big picture from last year.

Two is Harder Than One

Two is Harder Than One

Okay, this title just went better with the picture, but my actual Word Gift is this:

It could always be harder

For the last two days I have not been able to find my car keys, and I have been waiting for my husband to notice that my car has not moved in a while. You’d think he’d at least notice that I hadn’t bought anything in two whole days! Finally, after searching everywhere, I called AAA, assuming that I must have locked them in the car.

After not finding my keys in the car, cursing my car alarm, and calling a locksmith, I saw my small son playing in our porch and dropping tiny objects into the mail slot hole that is in between the inside and outside of our house. Low and behold, when I stuck my hand inside, there were my keys.

I thought about how challenging an almost toddler can be, and then I remembered taking care of my sister’s three kids. The youngest is in the picture above with my husband and son. I’m guessing that her days are a little bit harder.

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

Here is my grandmother, the retired kindergarden teacher, with two of her great-grandchildren. Just like she did with her students, children, and grandchildren, she is reading to them. She still knows how to make learning fun!

To Begin With

As I start my adventure into the blogging world, I am faced with two fears. 1. People do not care what I think 2. People will know what is going on inside my head. It is a typical catch-22 situation.

So why have a blog? I am an out-of-work English teacher, or possibly ex-teacher (if you see any grammatical mistakes, perhaps that is why) trying to start my own small business. I have spent the last year with my insane cat, needy dog, interesting husband, and crazy son. It has been amazing, and I am not saying that sarcastically. At the same time, life’s hurdles have thrown me off from time to time. Since writing is therapeutic, perhaps this will keep me sane.

My grandmother likes to give Word Gifts, and these have helped me cope with some of the more challenging obstacles that I have faced. Word Gifts are pieces of advice or adages that help make things more clear. I like to think of it as a way to look at the positives in life. (This is also what my small buisness is somewhat about (slideshows and personalized film) In an imagry-focused society with an attention span of a five-year-old, I want to expand on these word gifts with media. With every Word Gift, I will be posting a picture or video that helps to describe it. My first Word Gift is…. now I’m coming up blank. This is not off to a good start.