23 June 2013

Give your child the confidence to question authority

The news is reporting a man in a St. Louis County sheriff's uniform pulled up behind a disabled vehicle just south of Biwabik, Minnesota yesterday and attempted to get the female driver to come with him in his car.  His car, however, did not look like a police vehicle.  It was a 1980s model Trans Am with red and blue flashing lights behind the grille.  The driver became suspicious and (thank God) was able to drive her car away from the impersonator (see story here).

This happened just a few miles from our cabin.  My daughter is not driving yet, but that day is not far off, and I'm worried that she might not have had the confidence to question someone in uniform like that.  That maybe she'd think she'd be in trouble if she didn't do exactly what he said.

I think it's important to talk to our kids about incidents like this and to let them know that it's OK to "go with their gut" - to trust their instincts and get themselves out of a situation if something doesn't feel right.  I want my kids to know that even if they did leave the scene and it turned out it HAD been a real cop, we would stand behind them - much better that they are safe and alive!  (I would tell my kids that if they did drive away to call 911 immediately and tell the operator what they're doing and why, and then to turn on their emergency blinkers and drive straight to the nearest police station).

It's a scary world out there - it's important that our kids know that they can question something that doesn't seem right and not be "in trouble" for doing so. 

13 July 2012

Just Do It - Dream Trip of a Lifetime

Thirty years ago I spent my sophomore year in France, and made an incredible group of friends (four American girls, one French gal and one French guy) that have remained my dear friends ever since.

We girls had always said that one day we would come back, and bring our families with us. (This was, of course, before any of us had families, and before some of us had even met our future husbands!)

This year we made that dream come true.  Not everybody made it - one of us girls had an incredible job opportunity come up and couldn't go at the last minute, and not all of the husbands and kids were there - but we had a huge group of 6 of the original 7 friends and seven family members.

We had the best time!  We fell right back into comfortable old friendships, and did many of the things we had always dreamed of doing "someday" with our kids in tow.

Financially, this was not a good time for my family to be making such an expensive trip - but really, for most families, when is a good time?  Years and years could go by and there would always be something that seemed more important to spend your money on than jaunting off to Europe with old friends.

My advice - just do it.  There will never be a "perfect" time, and if you wait too long it will be too late, and then instead of beautiful new memories you'll have only regrets.  The bit of belt-tightening we'll have to do now is nothing in comparison to the fantastic trip of a lifetime with my old friends and my darling family!

Below, photo of the friends that was a bit blurry, so I made it into a "watercolor" on Photoshop, then made it into a greeting card on Shutterfly!  Fun, huh?
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05 October 2011

Life is Short

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”   -Steve Jobs

Rest in Peace, Steve.  Thanks for following your heart. 

15 September 2011

Project 52: Phantasmagorical Fog over Long Lake

Hey - remember Project 52, my once-weekly photography project that fell by the wayside about a year and a half ago?? Well, it's back - and since I make the rules, I'm picking up where I left off, with week 12 of 52.

Phantasmagorical Fog Over Log Lake. You don't think it's too big of stretch to make the alliteration, do you?
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