I can totally understand how facebook and twitter took over from bloggers. Often, when I used to blog kind of regularly, I would get snippets of insights that I thought I could build on for a post. Often, as was proven by my lack of blogging, I did not keep up with those insights, and those little snippets drifted off into some mysterious never never.
And I'm okay with that.
I don't deny the facebookers and twitterers their joy, but I just can't get into posting every single insight or morning menu or exercise milestone, into cyberworld. It's just not me. I 'get' why others do it, and I'm not judging them. I understand that posting on those forums is a form of community, or marketing, but I do question when one appears to post for the former, when in fact it's the latter.
I could post that my daughter just had a cute haircut, or that I'm sooo loving the warm, dry spring weather, and appreciating that before the summer wet weather comes, or that Cary's back is still giving him pain but he's in pretty good spirits despite that, or that AJ just had a huge growth spurt and we had to buy him some new clothes, or that Nicholas responded beyond anyone's maturity when a friend insulted him. Do you really care that I just had my first dental filling in 33 years or that I'm sipping on a cocktail as I watch the sunset?? There are so many little moments that could be recorded on facebook, but honestly, I'm too busy living in those moments to write about them then and there.
And so it is with this blog. I just do not have the urge or the inclination to write like I used to. I'm okay with that, too. It will continue to be updated randomly...about whatever, whenever.
I went to a very nice shopping center the other day. It's huge and it has all of the big department stores and it has many smaller stores as well. (I know that Australian's usually say "shops" instead of "stores", but, after living in the USA for 13 years, I prefer some of their sayings, including "stores"...and while - not whilst - we are on the subject, I will not ever have "tea", but I will always have "dinner...unless I'm at someone else's home who prefers "tea" to "dinner"). Just as a sidebar....It's 12:06am....the boys in the family are all asleep...my daughter is on a conference call with some of her girlfriends...I had a coffee today so I'm still up and powering on! Yeah, I'm sensitive to caffeine...should I post that on facebook?
Anyway, back to the shopping center....I looked around at the clientele...so many of the women had the 'nice' hair and clothes and bling. As I walked towards my old car in the carpark, a stunning young woman drove off in her brand new BMW SUV....I wished for her that she was happy....the long-term kind of happy...not the "oh I just love my new car and new hair-do" kind, but the "I am so grateful for all that I have" kind. I thought of people that I know that appear to have a lot of neat "stuff", but are just not happy. And I felt very grateful for my simple life, my close family, my freedom, my lack of debt, my flexibility, my love, my breath.
Today we went to a big garage sale at a local school. Again I was grateful for the way we live as I was just not tempted to look beyond anything we might need. Although I had just bought new clothes for the boys, I kept an eye out for anything else they might like (they are both very fussy and have particular styles). But you know what? When I lived in a house, I would just look for stuff that we may - or may not - use...just because we had the space. Now, I only look for stuff that we absolutely can use. Because space is a huge issue and nothing comes in here that is going to be wasted or not loved. I will say that I bought another rat cage - for $5 (should I put that on facebook?). It is a large cage but a little smaller than the big one we have, so I thought it would be a good one to take camping with us. Yeah, we have three rats, and yes, we love them. Rodents are awesome!
Speaking about space and cool stuff, I could post that I just bought a milk frother thingy (oh dang, I forgot to mention that on facebook!), so I can make my own mocha soy lattes at home and save $5 a pop. The kids tried it out with making hot chocolates and thought it was the BEST hot chocolate ever. So that's a keeper.
I have a bunch of other partially written blog posts that I just haven't finished, and maybe I won't, and yeah, I'm okay with that. So while I'm on here catching up with random stuff under a caffeine buzz, I'll try to fill you in on some recent happenings...
Our daughter has decided to go back to her birth name. After being called 'Summer', at her request, for the past five years, she is now wanting to be called 'Sam'. Not 'Sami', which she was for her first 9 years. Gotta say, it's a bit tricky, but she's okay with me calling her 'Sama', which is almost a combination of Summer and Sam, and the first four letters of her legal name. She is a real girly girl...she loves clothes and her friends and the beach.
AJ is discovering his individuality and sense of self....He is loving playing the online game / program of 'Minecraft'; he likes t-shirts that are quirky / funny (not beachy or muso related). He no longer likes to play with Nicholas in 'imagination' type games, but he still loves books that are all about facts. Gosh, that boy is so deep and wide sometimes, he is like the ocean, or maybe Space, with the way his mind works.
Ok, so the thing that happened with Nicholas.....he had a slightly older, schooled, friend over. He and his friend were drawing and the friend decided to write something and sign it from the both of them. He asked Nicholas how to spell his name. Nicholas replied that he did not know how (come on...he recently turned 7 and that used to be kind of young to do academic stuff...anyway, in our world, the child is free to unfold at his/her own pace and to learn in their own way). He told the friend to ask me as I would know. The friend said "no offence, but it's kind of bad to have a friend that doesn't know how to spell their own name". Nicholas didn't miss a beat...he shrugged his shoulders and said "no offence taken". Wow! He totally understood what his friend meant, but he didn't buy into it, he knows that he will learn what he needs to learn, when he needs to learn it. Now he knows how to write his name, but it has never occurred to him to name each individual letter to "spell it out" for someone else. I'm sure he will know that soon enough, but that boy's sense of confidence and joy is such a huge lesson for ME!
Sama is still on the phone to her friends, and my caffeine buzz is starting to wear off. Cary just got up and reminded me that it's 1am now. Probably time that I start winding down. Maybe I'll go look at facebook and see what my friends are doing! Oh, does that make me a lurker, if I read but don't post...is that kind of weird? What.ever.
I do hope you are all happy and healthy and loving living your lives as fully as you wish.
In Joy xo