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81: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

SomewhereOver the Rainbow While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt Our wedding day was an event to remember for my husband and me, our friends and family, and my first grade class of twenty-four six-year-olds. To my students, not only was it a big deal that my name was going to change in the middle of the year, but the fact that I was getting married also meant that I was in love (a word that cannot be spoken among a group of kids without giggles). Throughout the year, my teacher’s mailbox collected hundreds of crayon-sketched wedding pictures from my kids. Drawings of my future husband and me holding hands while frolicking under rainbows, beautifully adorned wedding gowns fit for a princess, and larger than life wedding rings were among the common themes. The kids loved hearing and talking about my plans to be wed to “Mr. Scott.” In the final days leading up to the wedding, when my mind couldn’t help but drift to thoughts of our big day, I came up with an impromptu creative writing assignment. Wouldn’t it be intriguing to find out what advice a group of first graders would give their teacher in regards to maintaining a happy marriage? Here is a list of tips brainstormed by my... (more)
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82: Sock Fuzz

Sock Fuzz If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit My toes dug into the soft carpeting in our new home. Gone were the hard wooden floors of the apartment we’d rented the first two years of our marriage. I luxuriated a moment before I hurried off to feed our year-old twins their breakfast and send my husband Bob off to work. After breakfast, while the boys were safely ensconced in the playroom, I returned to the master bedroom to run the vacuum over the new almond colored carpeting. The almond color was a wise choice. It complimented the dark cherry wood of our bedroom furniture. I hummed and smiled as I took pride in the look of a freshly vacuumed floor. When I rounded the bed to Bob’s side, I gasped. Little black bugs were scattered all over the carpet next to the bed. Yuck! There was an infestation of bugs in our perfect new home. I wanted to cry. I collapsed in the chair in the corner to plan my course of action. What should I do? Should I spray? Should I vacuum them up? How many more were there and where were they hiding? While I pondered my choices, I noticed that the little black spots hadn’t moved. Cautiously I got down on my hands and knees and approached the critters... (more)
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83: My Other Half

My Other Half Don’t marry the person you think you can live with;marry only the individual you think you can’t live without. ~James C. Dobson There’s a scientific method to finding the perfect spouse — not that I’m scientific — but my husband is and therein lies the secret. When a right-brained person marries a left-brained person you get one whole brain and from then on anything and everything is possible. Prospero is very math and science oriented. He likes things proven. He speaks several languages. He is a gifted and meticulous craftsman. And what amazes me the most is that he can do mental math. I, on the other hand, am a literary soul. I love art, history, and have never needed anything as silly as facts to believe in the possibility of something. I’m a gourmet cook but can’t bake because that would require measuring ingredients and I can’t be bothered. Together we make the perfect couple. When I told Prospero that I wanted our new home to look like an old Italian villa, he laid black and white marble floors. I brought home grapevines and he not only planted them, but also planted a grove of fig trees. I dream up an idea; he executes it. We work in perfect harmony. This is especially helpful when vacationing. I think... (more)
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84: Proud

Proud We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. ~William Ewart Gladstone It was a very early morning. I knew it was going to be gloomy. As a military wife, I knew this day would eventually come, but was I really ready for it? Would I ever be ready for it? Then, as I saw my husband walk into the living room in his light green, tan and brown uniform, I could not have been prouder. He gave me a yellow ribbon pin that had the deployment flag on it, to wear every day, along with a part of his dog tag. “You ready, babe?” Chris asked as he smiled. As we were loading his bags in the truck, his mom, sisters, nephews and my brother arrived to join us. When everyone was ready, we were off to the airport. I sat in the passenger seat trying to keep my mind off the day ahead. I found myself very fidgety. Chris slowly placed his hand on my leg for a few seconds to calm my nerves. I quickly turned my head away to be sure Chris did not see the tears in my eyes. When we arrived at O’Hare International Airport, I opened the passenger door and walked toward the back of the truck, standing a few feet away as I watched Chris and my brother take his bags out and put them on the ground. My mind... (more)