Thursday, January 31

A Meme for Herher

I really don't understand why y'all keep on tagging me with meme's. I do believe I might be the worst bloggy Mommy of all time at doing them. Take this one, for example, from Sophie at A Hole in the Fence. It's one of my favorite memes that I've seen, and YET! it still took me a month to do it. I shall promptly give myself twenty lashes with a wet noodle. I would promise to never do it again, but I think I still have four other memes I need to do, so that wouldn't be very wise of me.

Anyway, I really wanted to do this one on Alexis' birthday, but then life interfered with blogging and I didn't have the time I wanted to make sure I did it right and proper. I don't really have the time now either, but I'm making the time.

5 things I want my kid to know:
1. Don't be ashamed to be smarter than someone else, but don't ever make anyone else feel stupid.
2. Kindness is the greatest gift you can give to the world.
3. The world does not, in fact, revolve around you. My world, however, does.
4. There isn't anything you can't talk to me about. I may not always enjoy the topic of our conversations, but I will always enjoy talking with you.
5. It's perfectly acceptable to sleep through the night. It might even be pleasurable.

5 things you want to tell your child when she is grown up:
1. I don't know who originally said it, but my favorite quote is one that every adult should live by:
"Destiny is not a matter of chance,
it is a matter of choice.
It is not something to be waited for,
it is something to be achieved."
2. Live every day as if it will be your last, but remember, you have all the time in the world.
3. If you don't think you make mistakes, you are clearly mistaken.
4. A good sense of humor can help you get through anything. So can a good friend.
5. Don't even complain to me about your kid(s) watching annoying television shows. Paybacks are a bitch, and so is Dora.

5 things you want to tell your child before you die:
1. You father and I have never loved anyone as much as we do you.
2. It's much more important to be a hard worker than it is to be smart.
3. As much of your Grandma's story as I can tell.
4. You are the most beautiful person I have ever known.
5. That time you mixed peas with refried beans then fed it to me? I REALLY did not find that to be gourmet cooking at its best.

5 things you want your child to know before she dies:
1. The love of a child.
2. There is exactly one person you can control--yourself.
3. What it is that you can do that no one else can do quite as well.
4. What it is that you can do that anybody else can do better, but that you enjoy immensely.
5. Who you are.

Your turn Holly, Jayna, Karen, Colleen, Mishelle, Madame Queen, all of the Jens, and anybody else who wants it.


  1. Anonymous9:53 PM

    I see you have changed the sidebar. My humor ended, didn't it. Damn. I suck. JUST KIDDDING, tootsie!

    I love this one. I'll get right on it.

  2. Anonymous9:53 PM

    And, I think the wisdom you are imparting on Alexis, is valuable.

  3. Sorry, AFF, it was part of the great bloggy makeover that is yet to be finished. HTML hates me. I'm sure of it.

  4. I really like #4 of the first group. That is something I hope my kids will understand. As they get older, I pray I can make them understand it is ALWAYS true.

  5. Anonymous10:01 PM

    Great meme...and thank you for forgiving me for tagging you with the same meme!

  6. Wow, awesome post. My favorite is definitely "Don't be ashamed to be smarter than someone else, but don't ever make anyone else feel stupid.". LOVE IT.

  7. My first visit to your blog and I love it! Great meme. I will be back to check you out some more!

  8. You would, wouldn't you? As I was reading this I was thinking, wow that's deep and insightful and so very wise. Your child will rise up and call you blessed because of this. And there is no way that I could even compare. Not that I should compare, but you know what I mean.

  9. Great meme! It would've made me cry to do it! :)

  10. Amazing. Truly amazing.

    Not that you could be thinking these things, but that they so closely match what I would say to my own.

    Alexis is so lucky. You're an awesome mama!

  11. Anonymous6:03 AM

    Actually, I think you rocked this meme.

  12. Great answers! And thanks for the tag. Sophie tagged me for this one, too, but dang this one is hard. And I've got to quit reading other people's cause it keeps giving me a major complex that mine won't be as good as theirs!!

    I love the one about the kids shows! That Dora makes me crazy, too.

  13. Wow, I couldn't possibly add anything to that list. So instead of doing the evil meme, I will just add ditto! ;)

  14. Oh, that would take me forever to come up with. So many things to think of

  15. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture to go with this. And your advice to her is perfect.

  16. Wow, that is a tough meme. I like your answers. I am not sure if I ever would get to complete that one, way too much thinking on my part.

  17. "Don't be ashamed to be smarter than someone else, but don't ever make anyone else feel stupid" - that's excellent! Great advice.

  18. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Beautiful post, Burgh Baby's mom! I especially love the one about her being the center of your world... ain't it the truth. And then the picture of her looking up - OH! Sweet.

    I give out really difficult memes, for some reason. I beginning to feel like Ms. Nancy Ratched, mean substitute English teacher. Dispite its difficulty, thanks for doing it!

  19. Anonymous10:01 AM

    HA! And look how I misspelled DISPITE! There goes my career as a substitute English teacher.

  20. Awe. That was absolutely precious. What fabulous advice. You are a very wise mommy!

  21. Great advice and I love that picture! So now I'm just "one of the Jens", huh? I have lost my identity.
    I might just try this meme, when my head isn't pulsating and I can breathe out of my nose (Chuck E is kicking the crap out of all of us over here).

  22. That was an awesome meme! Alexis is fortunate to have such a thoughtful and loving mama! Thanks also for the kind words you left me yesterday, I truly appreciate it. Hope you have a great weekend!


  23. can be my mommy.

  24. Beautiful. Just beautiful. I really loved them all. You are a thoughtful, loving mama!


  25. I was thinking "oh wow! she has such great things written here...Alexis will really cherish them when she's older". Then I saw my name and went "oh crap!" Not because I'm not up for the challenge, but um, well, it might take me more than a month to get something half as good. ;)
    and that reminds me that I tagged myself for a meme from Karen nearly a month ago...guess I should get on that, huh? sidebar...I saw what you put on Justin's site regarding his level of detail...he traipsed around the house the rest of the night like some victorious highschooler. He totally craves comments, BTW.

  26. What a gorgeous picture of Alexis.

    And I'm glad you didn't tag me, because mine would have been really lame like "always laugh at farts."

  27. Great words of wisdom! I'll try to pass some of these on to Ashlyn when I get out of the infant fog stage!

  28. I've read several of these memes, and I have to say, you are an awesome mom!

    This was beautifully written.

  29. So sweet and I love the destiny thing which is true.

  30. The photo? Much less poignant when you know she's staring at Dora. *Sigh*

    Mamageek--That's my favorite, too. I just wish I had learned that lesson about 25 years earlier than I did.

  31. Anonymous11:00 AM

    I'm glad I'm not the only one dropping the ball on memes lately. This one was highly amusing, though.


  32. I love this meme. I want my kids to know all of those same things.

  33. That is one of the few decent meme's I've ever seen. Cool!