Monday, December 30, 2013

Random thoughts ... now in list form!

Here's some random stuff I've learned over the last few days.

1. I stopped at the store to buy a few things, including a bag of carrots. I told the young male cashier they were for the deer. Noting his frown I told him, "You know, the deer that pull Santa's sleigh. I have cookies for Santa but no carrots for the deer." He then tells me that he's from the city (around here that means NYC) and they didn't have any deer. I was too stunned to enlighten or correct him.

2. My niece doesn't know how to sew. Not even to fix a small hole in a piece of clothing. It's not a terrible thing. Just something we forgot to pass down to her.

3. When talking about going to a wake, my college-aged nephew says that his generation 'doesn't do that'. I know his parents taught him more respect than that. I know his parents taught him that its the right thing to do. When did a whole generation decide that it's okay to skip out on being a decent human being?

4. My son and I were talking with a bunch of young guys that we know and when we parted ways I told my son to shake each of their hands 'like a man'. One of the guys asked me what I meant by that.

5. While out shopping for the Christmas holidays we saw a bunch of regular folks being terrible people. Not just rude or pushy but reckless drivers and others with poor judgement and dangerous attitudes. I asked my husband if he thought those same people would act that way while shopping at Easter or Mother's Day. Why its okay to be horrible and get away with it at Christmas?

6. Free books do not equal good books.

7. Cats want to play with Legos just as much as my son does.

8. Slippers are awesome.

9. The world keeps on revolving if I don't send out Christmas cards.

10. My book ain't gonna write itself. I checked.

Have a safe and happy New Year!


  1. A couple of those just stun me. What's up with the next generation? (Although your nephew is wrong - everyone here still attend wakes.)
    And what parents didn't tell that boy that reindeer pull Santa's sleigh?
    I was really hoping books wrote themselves though. Damn.

  2. I was put off sewing at school by the teacher who told me I was bad at it. Fortunately I don't have much experience when it comes to wakes.

  3. Interesting list.

    We always put out carrots for Santa's reindeer, too. And I can't sew either. Slippers are awesome, and the next generation concerns me quite a bit some times.

    Oh, and I keep waiting for my book to publish itself. That ain't happening either.

    Have a great New Year!

  4. Hi, Heather. That is an interesting list. I try to get all of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving anymore so that I can avoid the crowds in the stores and stay off the roads as much as possible.

  5. I find it very easy to believe all of those. Some people get depressed during the holidays and take it out on others. I'm waaay older than your nephew, and I attended a wake once in my teens when my best friend's father died. I cried louder than any of the family. I haven't been to one since. I only wrote about 20k in 2013 and trashed it, so apparently neither I nor the darn thing can write it. I hope 2014 sees an improvement.

    Happy New Year, Heather! I wish your 2014 will be bright and shiny and full of happiness. :)

  6. My five-year-old had the idea to set out baby carrots for the reindeer. He set out 9 to test out whether or not Rudolph exists. (He does.)

    My theory is that the Christmas spirit makes for bad drivers. I like to think people are distracted and not just incredibly stupid and irresponsible.

    My teen is very responsible about attending funerals. Maybe I did something right as a parent.

  7. Happy New Year:) Most interesting list of learnings, and I agree on the book not publishing itself, though I do wish it would:)

  8. Some other things today's kids aren't getting taught...cursive handwriting and rote memorization of multiplication tables--both because computers supposedly make these skills irrelevant.

  9. LOL! Now I will forever have the image of a cat playing with legos logged in my brain. Guess it's a darn good thing we never got a kitty. The boy would go for revenge. =)

    That was awesome.

  10. Your observations are both wonderful and disturbing (some of them). Although, i've noticed some of the same things. There seems to be a sense of entitlement with the younger generation. We see this flare up once in a while with our older son, so my husband and I have to give him a reality check.


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