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On Growing Up

Photo by Brent Pennington

Photo by Brent Pennington

When you’re slipping on a pair of your mother’s shoes or playing around in your dad’s old baseball cap, you don’t think about the tough things that come with becoming a grown up. Sure, pretending to have a job, a family, and a slew of interesting experiences can be fun when you’re a kid. We all do it. I did it too. But as you reach that point in adulthood when the reality becomes even closer, it can be quite scary.

I’m 21. I have friends that are engaged. I have friends that are married. I have friends who have started taking the first steps toward the rest of their lives by taking a job in a different state where they feel totally unfamiliar. These are things you don’t think about when you’re playing house or giving a reading lesson to your Alf doll.

I can drink and drive a car.  I can feel proud of being responsible. I can lose close family members and understand what that really means. I can worry. I can vote. I can go to college and work hard and be in love and do so many other things that I didn’t think of when I sat down at my great-grandparent’s house to play cards and eat ice cream. You just don’t think about all of these things when you’re a kid. You always feel like you’re going to be ready for when it happens and when that time comes, life is going to be better and freer and a dozen other things that you’ve heard about from your parents, your teachers, and your favorite cartoon characters.

The truth is that you’re never really prepared to become an adult. It just sort of happens one day, under your nose, until you notice that your friends are getting married, you’re paying a ton of bills, and you find yourself constantly searching for the carefree nature that was your childhood. You look back sometimes and say, “What the hell happened and how did I miss it?”

It’s not depressing and it’s not a horrible loss to become an adult. It’s a new beginning that happens to be just as scary as your first day of school or that day when a kid on the playground tells you the truth about Santa Claus. Suddenly the world becomes colored differently. You appreciate different things. You dream about different things. You become aware and accepting of the fact that you cannot be a child any longer, but will never let that 8-year-old in you die. No, you’ll keep that part of you for always and find glimpses of him or her when you have a water fight on a Saturday afternoon because your boyfriend sprayed you with a water bottle that was meant for the cat. You’ll also find her when you get a chance to play with a little cousin or a sister, or when you spend some time sitting in the middle of your campus thinking about how far you’re going to go one day. You’ll think about all the things you’ll do when you grow up.

The possibilities are still endless. Only the view has changed.

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Meet Annie

Poconos and Annie 235

Poconos and Annie 237

Name: Annie

Age: About 8 weeks…we think.

Favorite food: Kitten Chow

Favorite place to hide: In or behind the litter box.

Hobby: Being awesome and not letting her parents sleep.

Favorite type of music: Classical and showtunes, though country went over well.

Favorite toy: So far, a mouse.

Favorite place to sleep: On top of Mom’s head.

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You Can't…

…always get what you want.

You can’t always get what you want.

You can’t always get what you want.

But if you try sometimes, you just might find,

You get what you need.

Brent and I got a kitten. I’m picking her up later this afternoon and I’m really excited about becoming a kitty mother. I’ll post pictures with a short biographical piece later.

Oh, and maybe I’ll write something meaningful :-)

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15 Remarkable Things You Can Do Tomorrow

It’s about 11:00 PM and I’ve decided that I’ve spent enough time procrastinating on writing apost.

Here are 15 things that you can do, should do, and will do today, tomorrow, or whenever.

1. Smile at someone as you hold the door for them.

2. Take the time to news article, book, magazine, or blog. Just read anything.

3. Take your shoes off and walk barefoot in the grass. Breathe.

4. Make yourself go for that run you’ve been putting off. You deserve it. It may not feel good to start, but it’ll feel wonderful once you’ve finished.

5. Teach yourself a new song.

6. If you have a Twitter account, spend an entire day engaging in conversation. Soon you’ll be hooked and can become part of the community.

7. Send a quick note to an old friend. Maintain your contacts.

8. Try eating healthy for the whole day. Notice how you feel.

9. Close your eyes and clear your head in the shower. Use that last minute or two before the hot water runs out to meditate.

10. Take out the trash. Both literally and metaphorically.

11. Volunteer. Anywhere.

12. Sign up for a contest. Who knows? Maybe you’ll win.

13. Tell someone how much you love them.

14. Look down at your shoes. Be thankful you have them to begin with.

15. Before you go to sleep, flip the pillow over so that your cheek gets the cold side.

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Construction Continues…

Yes – just like PENN DOT projects.

I’ve switched to “Vigilance” and so far, I’m glad I did. There’s tons of room for customization and I get a lot of flexibility. Now if I can just finish up some more post ideas, update the “About” page and get my rear in gear. Oh, summertime, why do you cause me to lose track of my to-do list?

Have a great evening everyone. I’ll be back shortly.

-Mandy

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