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A Hodgepodge Wrapped in a Bow

When I think of how many different things have happened since last week’s Hodgepodge, I am simply dumbfounded.  To go from such highs to such lows has been difficult.  However, I remain ever grateful for y’all’s prayers for my sweet girl and for us as we continue to grapple with the news of her knee injury.

I found myself very resentful and angry at life (I’m not angry with God) as I watched last night’s live feed of their game…the first in a long line of which Chicky will be sitting on the sidelines.  This is part of my grieving process, I’m afraid, and not a pretty side of me.  As I showered during the game’s halftime, I heard the Lord speak to me, reminding me the whispered thoughts that I had been hearing were not my own but Satan’s.  God doesn’t speak words meant to incite us to anger.  His words are TRUTH.  The devil only speaks lies.  So, the pity/anger party is over.

Oh, and as I was typing this (I always write them the night before), one of Chicky’s “Other Mamas” (another mama who “adopts” your child when you can’t be with them) delivered a hug to my girl after the game.  She posted a picture on Facebook, and Chicky was grinning from ear-to-ear.  This has done my heart worlds of good and has lifted my dark mood.  Praise the Lord for people who stand in the gap!!!

With that frame of mind, I am taking on this week’s round of questions, so kindly and faithfully posted by Joyce.  You know the drill…post your own answers and link up with everyone else.

1.  When did you last sing happy birthday to someone? When were you last sung to? Does that embarrass you or do you enjoy being the center of attention on your special day?

We had a birthday breakfast for one of my fellow reading teachers last week.  She is such a blessing…a brutally honest gal with a heart of gold.  I’ll admit that I mouthed the words for my singing is pathetic.  I don’t know when I was last sung to.  I do not like to be the center of attention for birthday celebrations…especially in a restaurant where people like to “surprise” you with sing-a-longs.  No thank you.

2.  Name a famous or ‘infamous’ person (living or deceased) who shares your birth day and month. Is that someone you’d like to meet in person if it were possible?

Well, when I googled March 29th, the list was unimpressive.  Nobody stood out as someone I’d like to meet one day.  Sure, Jennifer Capriati was on the list, but even though I like to watch tennis, I wouldn’t necessarily want to meet her.  Yeah.  I’m not big into meeting famous people, I guess.

3.  Someone hands you a box tied up in a lovely bow…what are you hoping to find inside?

I’d love to find the keys to a new vehicle.  My car has been in and out of the shop since January.  It’s old, well-traveled, but paid-for.  I’m hoping to get a new one in a couple of years, but if anyone wanted to buy me one, well I’d certainly be pleased as peaches!

4.  What can you guarantee about yourself?

The first thing that popped into my mind was that I can guarantee that I’ll always work hard at whatever I do.  As an overachiever, I don’t know how to do things halfway.  I watched my mom do this, and I picked up those habits.

5.  Talking art and beautiful cities here…’The Last Supper’ in the Santa Maria della Grazie Abbey in Milan Italy or ‘The Mona Lisa’ in The Louvre, Paris…which would you most like to see up close and in person?  Why?

I’d have to go see The Last Supper.  I’ve always said that I would like to travel to Italy to take in the artwork and historic sites.

6.  Your favorite dessert?

I haven’t baked in a few weeks now…egad!  From the baking I did this past summer, I’d have to say that it would be a toss-up between the chocolate pie and the tartlets I made.  You’ll have to scroll down my posts to see them because, of course, I shared pictures of both.

7.  This coming weekend marks the official start of autumn (in the Northern hemisphere)…what is something you do to get ready for fall? What is one thing you’re looking forward to on your fall calendar? Spring or fall-which do you prefer?

When I get ready for fall, I take stock of my winter shoes and decide if I need to purchase new ones.  I live in flip flops most of the year thanks to the warm weather of Florida.  It’s almost an affront to put on closed-toe shoes, but the upside is that I get to wear the fancy socks I’ve knit.  One thing I’m looking forward to on my fall calendar is Christmas vacation.  I will have finished the ESOL class I’m getting ready to start, and the break from school will be good (yeah, I know, school just started, and I really do love my students).  If I had to pick one season over the other, I’d pick Spring as my favorite.  I love the promise of new plants, a fresh start, and the wind-down of the school year.

Gee…one would think that I don’t enjoy my job, eh?  I think I just enjoyed my summer a wee bit too much.  heehee

8.  My Random Thought

I’ve been a bit self-centered in my last few posts, focusing on my Chicky and her injury, so I thought I’d take a moment to ask you to pray for a dear friend of mine.

The same day that Chicky got hurt, my friend found out that her father had passed away very unexpectedly.  “M” is one of the sweetest young ladies you will ever have the privilege of meeting, so it hurts to see her in shock.  If you could say a prayer for her, I sure would appreciate it.

Can we also pray that whatever cloud has settled itself upon my part of the world will lift.  This has certainly been a difficult week all around.

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5 Responses

  1. Oh, my sweet bloggy friend… my heart hurts for you right now, and I’m putting you in my prayers, post haste! God has your Chicky all wrapped up in His arms, don’t you fret! And yes, I will certainly pray for your “M” as well… hang in there, dear one… God is good… and yes, praise Him for those “Other Mamas” who stand in the gap… they have been a blessing to me, and are blessing both you and Chickie right now… HUGS to you!!!

  2. I know, as a mother, how worried and hurt you are for Chicky. I get it 100%. Just continue to trust in God that He will bring her complete healing. Praying for her, you, and your friend in the sudden loss of her father. I know that God WILL make a way for each of you. Oh, I’d definitely find love to find keys to a new vehicle, as well! I’ve had my SUV for 9 years. It runs like a charm and is paid-off, but I’m more than ready for a new one! Maybe when the girls are out of college…IF I can wait that long! Big hugs, my friend!

  3. I don’t know how bad the injury was, but after being a grandmother now for 20 years, and a mother for nearly 45 years, the injuries will heal. And you will be as good as new when Chicky is as good as new. Hope the surgery went well. But….I do understand your anxieties and hurting when your child is hurting.

  4. Wishing you and your family the best. I am sure everything will work out just fine.

  5. Yeah, I’m definitely not a fan of being sung to in a restaurant. I usually ask whomever I’m with to NOT say anything. Occasionally it happens if they see a present or something and do it on their own.

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