My friend, Lisa, makes a birthday list each year, celebrating her trip around the sun. I think her lists are just wonderful ~ and also hilarious and endearing. Today, as I turn 41 (!) I thought I might share my own list. Really it is for my kids, but then again, for my friends, too. Enjoy!
1) I failed my driver's license twice before passing when I was 20 years old.
2) Some nights, I am still afraid of the dark.
3) My whole life, I always wished I lived in pioneer times. Until my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I had wished we lived with no modern conveniences. Now, I've changed my mind.
4) When I was in high school, I started an Environmental Club. Back then, it was really difficult to convince my dear old dad to recycle paper. It drove us both crazy, for different reasons. (He is an avid recycler today, though).
5) I don't like to swim. This summer I am forcing myself to swim with my kids so they will have memories of their mom swimming with them.
7) I think growing your own food is one of the simplest and most rewarding ways to help heal our earth.
8) I have known my oldest friend since we were 1 year old. We still chat at least once a week, even though she is living in Thailand with her family. We behave as silly and sisterly as we did when we were seven or fourteen or twenty-one.
9) I began blogging for my kids. One day I will publish it into a book for each of them.
10) I really love playing tennis. The last time I played, though, was 20 years ago.
12) I have made nearly 15 quilts, maybe more, for my friend's babies.
13) I haven't watched television in more than 15 years.
14) I was quite athletic as a kid. Somewhere along the way, I lost that. I'm ready to reclaim it now.
15) I wish I had gone to more Grateful Dead shows than I did. And I wish my kids could have seen them perform.
17) Like my granny and my cousin, I have always had premonitions and slight clairvoyance. I called them "feelings". They used to happen all the time when I was younger, and now just rarely.
18) I had a fairy godmother who meant the world to me. She went to Heaven all too soon but still connects with me once in awhile.
19) I always wanted to write a book one day.
20) My most favourite relaxing past-time is spinning wool. I wish I had more time to do it.
22) I really "get" dogs. I can't imagine living without at least one dog. Two is best.
23) I don't really "get" cats. But they seem to love me. People sometimes say that, but it is really odd for me. They seek me out, and climb up my body and perch on my head or chest. And chase me. I think I must smell like catnip. It freaks me out.
24) As a child, I was severely allergic to horse, hay, and cats. I had to get weekly allergy shots for awhile until I cried so hard my mom stopped taking me.
25) In my bedroom as a young child, I had a very plush shag rug in bright pink and purple. It was more like neon. I thought it was the coolest rug ever.
26) I am very very sensitive and easily hurt by others.
27) I am working hard at being more forgiving. It is really hard for me.28) I thrive on making lists. I don't necessarily use them, and I quite often lose them, but I do like to make them.
29) Some people say my eyes are blue, some say they are green.
30) I have only had 2 cavities my whole life.
32) I prefer pie to cake. It used to be apple pie, but now I like blackberry best.
33) I have had stomach aches every night for years and years. Until I cut sugar from my life last January.
34) This past year, I did a cleanse and lost 30 lbs. I've gained about 3 lbs back in the last 2 months since I finished cleansing. I feel good.
35) I don't like doing yoga. At all.
36) I am a wee bit of a hypochondriac which saved my daughter's life.
37) I won't drink coffee because when I was really young, we'd visit my great grandmother in the nursing home and take her flavoured chocolates. My brother and sister and I got to pick one chocolate and I always, always, got the coffee chocolate.
38) My great grandmother lived to 106+ years old. My grandmothers each lived to 96 and 102 years old.
39) Every single day, my heart shatters that my child has a chronic, life-threatening illness. I've just become very good at hiding it.
40) As a child, I had white hair until I was about 10 years old. Even at 20 years old, I was very blonde. It changed a lot after having kids.