Mom, sister, teacher, student, writer. I love to touch on all areas as I like to expose myself to new things. My goal is to use my experience to entertain and educate.
How I Finally Bought A New Car
I have been thinking about getting a new car for the past couple of years. My last car was a 2007 Chevy Impala. My dad gave it to me right after my youngest was born. It had been through a lot over the years. It had been through several tornadoes, hit a mailbox, was hit by a couple of vehicles, and got stuck in a couple of small ditches. By the end of its life, I had to tape the windows and glove compartments together, the seats were coming apart, and the seat belt was useless. So at some point I decided, it was time to get a new one.
Finding a Solution
The past couple of years have been a crazy time for the U.S. Every time I look at my phone, I see some huge news story of something new. Between Covid, the war in Ukraine, and the current state of our economy, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Since then, there has been an alarming increase in people suffering from depression and suicides. But along with that, crimes and shootings have also increased at alarming rates, leaving the rest of us wondering just how much is going to be enough.
Being Scammed in the 21st Century
Scamming has been around for centuries. There have always been people who looked to take advantage of people to make a monetary gain. For years, scammers would make phone calls or send letters to potential victims to get them to invest their money in some kind of venture that would end up milking their bank accounts dry. Recently however, there has been a new tool that scammers have begun using as a way to con people: the internet. Although the internet can be a way for people to be conned, if used properly, it can be used to teach people how to avoid devastation.
Naomi Judd 1946-2022
Growing up, I never considered myself a Country Music fan. I was a rebel, listening to the Beatles and Aerosmith while my grandparents were listening to Patsy Cline and the Oak Ridge Boys. Most of the time, I would beg my grandmother to let me change the channel when she would watch them on tv. However, when Saturday night arrived, I knew the tv would be glued to one thing, the Grand Ole Opry. Whenever it was on, I would quickly gulp down my dinner so that I could get away from it.
To Mampau With Love
Dear Mampau, As another Mother’s Day passes, I look back on the way things once were. I think back on the times that we had, and I think of how it is now that I am a mother myself. Despite how things have changed, some things stay the same. Now and then I find myself tearing up as I think of what life would be like if you were still here.
My 2022 Resolution
I think we all can agree that 2021 has been a year of ups and downs. It certainly has been for me. It started out with a bang as the world was still trying to come back from the previous year. Then suddenly, I had another blow, when my mother passed. Granted, we never had your traditional mother/daughter relationship, but her loss still hit me hard. I was reminded that eventually death come to us all. I felt as though I was now at the top of the list. As I turned thirty-five, I felt old. I know realistically, that’s not really that old. I was falling into a dark place that I knew that I had to come out of.
The Loss of the Last Golden Girl
Picture it, Yazoo City, around 1996 or so. A young, shy and awkward yet adorable girl is flipping through the channels on her television when she comes across a show that looks interesting. Four older women are sitting around a table eating cheesecake and talking and laughing. She is immediately drawn to the screen. Flash forwards a few decades, she grows up. Along the way, she becomes a lifelong fan of this show, and those wonderful women who were on it. That young girl was me, and that show was none other than the Golden Girls. Those four women were Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Sophia (Estelle Getty), Blanche (Rue McClanahan), and Rose (Betty White).
I Haven't Forgotten You Either Steve
The year was 1998. I was an awkward twelve-year-old with acne on my face, braces on my teeth, and an afro due to the tragic mistake of asking for a curly perm during a haircut. You know, the poster child of those pesky awkward years. Once, while looking through one of my grandma’s magazines, I came across an article about a new children’s show called Blue’s Clues. Along with the article was a picture of the host, a cute young guy with brown hair and big beautiful brown eyes. One look, my heart was struck. That young guy’s name, Steve Burns.
Growing Up Overnight
I’ve often made the joke that I was born nearly grown, an old soul my closest friends call me. I remember laying in bed as a child trying to contemplate the meaning of life and death. I’m still trying to figure that one out. I always wanted to grow up in a hurry. I didn’t want to waste my time in elementary and middle school, I was wanted to start my career in saving the world. Looking back, I can better understand that way of thinking. In hindsight, it was because of personal heartbreaks from a painfully early age that had a much bigger impact on me that I am only recently realizing existed.
Our Residential Pet
At the facility that I work at, there is a lovable dog that comes in with one of our nurses. She is a big dog, always with a smile and a wagging tail. She’s always adorned with a collar with a pink bow on it. Her name is Sunny. Her name is very suitable her, as whenever she comes in, everyone lights up. I am proud to consider her a coworker.