|Daughter J & M's wedding shoes|
|Could you walk in these? My old school hiking boots!|
For example, I was born in 1954, the first born child of a 29 year old father and a 22 year mother and was the only child. My sister, born in 1964 was the third born child of a 39 year old father and a 32 year old mother. She had a 10 year old sister and an eight year old brother. She was born into a family that was dramatically different than the family I was born into.
Two weeks after my 18th birthday, I left for college. I left looking toward my future. My sister, seven years old at the time, watched me leave and was left behind. A very different experience.
|Bought these 20+ years ago....could you/would you walk in them?|
|How about my cowgirl boots? Want to walk in these?|
To this day, I think there are few people who understood the battle we were fighting, and that I was embroiled in.
It seems so simplistic. Be kind. Yet everyday, I come across moments and incidents during which I need to remind myself to be kind or patient.
Years ago, when daughter J was learning to drive, the car behind us honked (it was in Jersey after all!) because J wasn't jumping on the gas at the stop sign. I reminded her to "let it go", and to remember how it felt. The driver behind her had no ability to know that she was a new student driver, out with her mother for the first time.
|Want to walk in these? My shoes for J's wedding!|
There is no reason not to Be Kind, Be Patient, or Be Accepting and Forgiving. Life really is too short.
By the way, there is some controversy about who the quote should be attributed to. Follow this link to find out more. http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/06/29/be-kind/
And, I have to report that daughter J, is a Jersey girl and a honker. Guess that maternal advice didn't stick.
Photo Credits: J & M's wedding shoes by Adam Houseman http://www.ahpphotos.com/?gallery_page=slider&pp_gallery_id=1403883602. If you follow the link...you can see more of the wedding photos. Best.Day.Ever!
All other photos were taken by me!!