I Do Still Wonder

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Over the weekend, my dad asked me if I was still ending my blogs with “I Still Wonder.”  I realized that I am not doing that as regularly as I used to.

When I started this Blog in 2011, I would end each blog with a phrase that started, “I Still Wonder.”  For the past 6 months, I have moved away from that — instead asking how you my readers are doing and your thoughts on the postings.

Grandpa.Barbour_PattiAs you have probably read, my title was inspired by Willie, the elf that my grandfather created and told us about in stories growing up.  Here I am with my grandpa many, many years ago.

Willie was on a quest to figure out where rainbows come from.  He traveled all over the world in search of them.  And, at the end of each story, he would scratch his head and say, “I Still Wonder Where Rainbows Come From.”

The story is under the page called “I Still Wonder” at the top of the page, just under the photo.

That inspired me to write and question and ponder a variety of topics.  I just have forgotten to include the phrase.  Thanks Dad for reminding me of that.

This week there are a few things that I have been wondering about.  Some are fun and some are more serious:

  • I wonder why we need to have daylight saving time.  There are places in the USA that don’t follow it — but instead keep the same time all year.  It is nice to have light until nearly 10 p.m. in the summer, but is a challenge with a 5-year-old who is convinced you don’t go to bed when it’s light outside.
  • I wonder why some people are so positive despite hearing the worst possible news.  How do they do it?  Like, Valerie Harper.  She was told she has months to live with an incurable brain tumor.  Yet, she is on the news encouraging people to make the most of their lives and savor each and every day.  She is very strong and truly is an inspiration.
  • I wonder why the conclave will announce that the vote has been cast for the new Pope via white smoke.  Why not by Facebook or Twitter like the rest of the world?  Last time there was some confusion whether or not the smoke was white or black.  I mean no disrespect but am just curious.  Hopefully this time around it will be clearly white smoke.
  • I wonder why a court had to rule on the size of soda that can be sold in a city.  What has our judicial system come to when we have to legislate the size of a drink?  I know that the Mayor of New York means well, but isn’t there a better way to encourage people to be healthy?
  • I wonder why television has so much junk on it but then airs several great shows — all at the same time.  When I was younger, there wasn’t as much to choose from as now.  I still have certain shows that I follow and don’t even bother with other items.   Some I have to record since they are aired at the same time.
  • I wonder if the best show of all time could be produced today.  Over the weekend, ABC aired a special about the best television shows.  You know what the best of all time was?  Spoiler alert — The show was “I Love Lucy,” which aired in the 1950s.  This was written and filmed during a very different time in history, and yet it lives on in syndication.  It truly is one of the funniest shows ever on the air.   I think we like it since it reminds us of our innocence and simpler times.  What do you think?

I will continue to wonder and ponder things.  And, I plan to share them with you.  I hope that you will wonder with me.

A Week Of Words

calendarHello and Happy Friday! Are you as happy as I am that it’s Friday?  I am so ready for the weekend.

This week I heard and read a lot of things that I have been thinking about.  I decided today I would publish some of those random thoughts, ideas, and quotes.

Some of these items are from my journal that I re-read this week and some are new items.

***”Dear Jesus, I love you God and love all in the world, except those who are bad,”  Ian said in a prayer.  I wrote this in my journal since it was one I wanted to remember.

He is at the age of learning the difference between right and wrong and there is no compromise or in between for him.  I told him that we still should love the bad people too, since that is something that God tells us to do.  They need love too, I told him.

***Another prayer of his that touched me was — “Dear Jesus, please don’t take me up to Heaven for a long time.”  This prayer made me cry, to be honest.  The fact that he is thinking about Heaven and leaving the earth already is amazing to me.  Also, it is amazing that he already can believe that there is a Heaven.  Jesus did say to have faith like a child and Ian certainly has that faith.

I wrote it down since it was such a beautiful prayer.  Little did I know the next day, there would be a death in the family.  As they say, from the mouths of babes.  He is such a sensitive little soul.

***At some point in the Super Bowl, there was a boy doing an activity who represented children who have taken a pledge to get one hour of activity per day.  At first this struck me as a great idea.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I though oh brother and how sad that things have changed so much.

We have truly changed in this country when a child has to plan to be active.  I remember growing up this was never an issue.  Since television was limited and we didn’t have our own phones, iPods, iPads or even computers, we had lots of time to play both inside and outside.  We didn’t know any differently and often had to be dragged in at dark from playing outside.  I remember Mom yelling at us to come in for dinner.  “But, we aren’t finished playing yet, Mom.”  But she insisted.

It is sad that we no longer can safely have our kids play outside on their own but instead have to be constantly watching them.  The innocence has gone, I guess and that is very telling.  In my family, I have noticed how much happier and better Ian can sleep at night when has been active during the day.  He loves to run outside around our neighborhood and also play at the playground.  I do my best to let him be active each day.  After all, I need it too!

***Here are some house rules that I saw a while ago and re-read again this week.  They are ideas of truly what I want to have in my family.  We try each day to live like this:

  • In this house, we do second chances
  • We do grace
  • We do mistakes
  • We do real
  • We do I’m sorry’s
  • We do loud really well
  • We do hugs
  • We do love
  • We do family

Isn’t this cool?  I mean, who wouldn’t want to grow up in a house like that?  Teaching and showing Ian that we do love him, we do say we are sorry when we make a mistake, and that it’s okay to make mistakes is very important!

We also have been teaching him that as part of a family, there are jobs for him and all of us to do and others to think about.  He is a great help in the kitchen and with laundry.  He’ll tell me, “Mommy, I want to cook with you.”  I say, “Okay Ian.”  Even though it’s often a messier kitchen, I so think it’s worth it.

***Books A Million posted a picture on their Facebook page this week about the birth date of Laura Ingalls Wilder.   She wrote a series of books that I loved as a young teenager — starting with “Little House on the Prairie.”  This series was a fascinating look at her growing up years.

I especially remember how excited Laura and Mary were one Christmas at getting a doll, an apple, and a peppermint stick.  That was all they received and they were thrilled and over the moon with excitement.  It was a good reminder that having a few gifts of real value are much better than a load of stuff that you don’t really appreciate or even remember a few weeks after you receive them.

This Christmas my motto was “It’s not the presents, but the presence.”  We in my family took this to heart.  It was great to spend a lot of hours together and visit, have a few gifts for the children to open, and raise money and help some needy and worthy causes.  You know what?  We all enjoyed it, including Ian who was thrilled with the items he did get!

*****What are some of your words of inspiration, thought, or appreciation from the week?  I’d love to hear from you and I am sure the other readers would like to as well!  Have a great weekend and God Bless!!!*****

A Dolphin Tale

On Sunday afternoon, Kirk, Ian and I watched the movie, “Dolphin Tale.”

Have you ever seen it?  If not, I recommend that you do.

It is based on the true story of a dolphin named Winter who injured her tail and had to have it amputated.  She was then given an artificial tail. (I don’t want to give away any of the movie so that is just part of the story.)

The other part is of a boy dealing with pain and trying to find his way in the world.  And the joy of seeing something inspire him and awaken a purpose for his life.

This is a very inspirational movie and one that even a 4 1/2 year old can watch.  It was so nice not to have to say, “Ian, cover your eyes,” or “Ian, cover your ears.”  I like finding a family movie that we all enjoyed.

Ian was fascinated with learning about the dolphin, the seagull, and other sea creatures.  He also enjoyed watching what the kids were doing.  This movie kept his interest the entire time.  And, if you have a young child, you know how rare that is!

Dolphin Tale starred Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and two great child actors, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff.  This is a great cast who worked very well together!

It was great to see a movie that celebrated teamwork in a good way, showed dealing with hard issues in life, learning on others, and dealt with prosthetics.

One of the lessons from this movie is to never give up no matter what happens to you.  People who have lost limbs due to war, illness, or a variety of other reasons can sometimes be made to feel less of a person.  Or people gauk at them because they are different.

Instead, as this movie conveyed, it’s okay to be different and that you can still do what you want.  It may just need to be done differently.  And, there is nothing wrong with that!

Another lesson that I gleaned from it is that people can do amazing things if they believe that they can and go for it!  Circumstances and obstacles don’t have to stop you from succeeding.

And, one other lesson, is for adults to try to live more like a child.  In other words, try to live in the moment and try not to think of all the reasons why you can’t do something, but instead focus on the fact that you can.

I hope and pray that I can put these lessons into practice!  Please share your thoughts and how this movie inspired you.

Here are some great quotes to go along with these lessons:

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.”  ~Marsha Norman

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”  ~e.e. cummings

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”  ~Mary Anne Radmacher