Happy Solstice to you all!
I probably should have something deeper than 8,452 Things About Me, but I don't.
15- I've seen 4 women give birth (3 of them with a midwife, all of them without an epidural!). And I've actively helped 3 of them during their labor. It is so amazing to watch a woman bring life into the world. And I love to be there telling them what an amazing job they are doing, how strong and beautiful they are. I know how wonderful it was to experience that when I had Joey. To know that I was strong and capable, to look up and see the tears and the smiles that meant they were proud of me and amazed by the whole process. To have faith in myself. After that, I knew I could do just about anything.
This is our friend Cristy in labor with her second daughter. Cristy was in the room with us when Joey was born.
14- I'm Buddhist. Although, I'm open to spiritual wisdom whatever the source. It's funny how similar my morals are to my Baptist Grandpa's; he described returning $50 when he was given too much change and we talked about how it just felt better to do that. I didn't explain to him that we were talking about the concept of Karma, though. I doubt he would have found our spiritual similarities as interesting as I do.
13- I have a rule that you can get peanut butter in the jelly, but not jelly in the peanut butter. It's because the peanut butter doesn't need to live in the fridge, but the jelly does. It irritates me that I had to write up this rule (yes, I did actually write this on a piece of paper and hang it from the pantry shelf); am I the only person that thinks about this sort of thing? I also unload the dishwasher bottom-to-top so that when I pull out things with water in them, they don't dump all over the stuff underneath them.
12- I do a fantastic job of taking out splinters with very little pain. All of my kids agree. I think this is because when I was about 5 years old, my grandfather took a super deep splinter out of my foot using only his pocketknife. I still remember how badly it hurt.
11- When people wave in my direction (and I’m not completely sure if I know them and if they're waving at me or someone else) I always wave back. I would rather wave to someone who's waving to the person behind me than not wave to someone who's waving at me.
I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season, whatever you celebrate.