Sadie's Gathering

A Little Dab of This & A Little Dash of That

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Mother's Day!!!

©Susan Jaye 2013
Happy Mother's Day!    .

     Hope you all are doing great and had a great weekend! 

Repost this, in honor to my mom, Annalee ... coming upon 19 years since she passed... still miss her often, but so many great memories!  Hugs to all!

In 1994, I was fed up with Mother's Day cards.  Every card I saw, either said something snarky or sappy, and nothing came close to saying what I wanted to say.  So, I wrote one myself; a sort of poem to my mom that served as that year's card.  She loved it, and kept it in her bedside table. 

She died in 2005.  We had a wonderful and fun bond, and I will always consider her, my first great, love.

As I am a mom now, I continuously try to build a good relationship with my daughters. 
So, in honor of moms everywhere, both present, past and future I share my Mother's Day card.
For me, it's as true now, as it ever was.

To Mom
There have been countless times when I told that I loved you,
Countless times that I've thanked you for being there and being my mom.
But in case there are times when I don't or won't say it, I want you know always
What I feel in my heart.

You raised me to laugh and to sing songs on a swing set.
You opened the door to the world of make believe;
a world of Mable and Charles and Pokey the Puppy.
You protected me from the Wicked Witch of the West and the Abominable Snowman;
yet encouraged me to see that I was strong enough to face them alone.
You showed me the warmth and the comfort of a thunderstorm as well as the sun.
You held me and helped me through times of tears,
Whether it was a broken toy or a broken dream.
Then helped me to find the courage to pick up the pieces and create something new.
As I grew and life became more interesting and complicated,
You were there to share, to listen, always with an open mind and an open heart.
Because of you, I never learned to lie- I never needed to.
I knew whatever I did, no matter how it was judged by others,
It would be accepted and loved by you, for it was part of my journey to discovering me.

Through this unconditional love I have been set free. Free to live without the need for secrets to create lies, and free to love others as they are, not who I wish for them to be.
And free to be all that I can be, in each moment of my life, perfectly me.

                                                                                                Thank you, all my love.


Here are some quotes about Motherhood from different sources.

"Mothers are all slightly insane." - J.D. Salinger

"If evolution really works, why do mothers only have two hands?" -Milton Berle
(My thought on this one- Early on in when I became a mom, I thought it would be helpful to be born an octopus, giving me eight hands; till the "mommy brain" cleared, and I realized that would mean that I would have octopi as offspring, thus, defeating the purpose.  Please see: Ever Feel Like This?)

"Having kids-- the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, reponsible human beings--is the biggest job anyone can embark on." -Maria Shriver

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That's his."
- Oscar Wilde

"A mother is neither cocky, nor proud, because she knows the school principle may call at any minute to report that her child has just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium." -Mary Kay Blakely

"Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition in the ironies and the absurdities.  Sometimes, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight." -Barbara Shapiro

"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children." -Elaine Heffner


Happy Mother's Day.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Picture Day!

Copyright Susan Jaye 2014






Ah... Picture Day...

That day, every school year that I try like mad to get my girls to wear something nice, get their hair combed just right, and maybe even don a barrette or a bow in their hair.


When they get a little older, you give 'em a few more tips:

Try to look in a mirror right before the picture is shot- check your nose, check your teeth, be certain that nothing is in either that shouldn't be.

You hope that the photo will capture the happy go lucky, confident, well adjusted kid, you pray that you are doing all that you can to ensure; that the school photo will embody the proof of all of your efforts.

This is my sixth year at it; and I think I've learned the trick:

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Oh... My My My ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


     Hello to all!!!
     This is our darling Bella!  She is now nearly 4... 
     
     Since we all only have 24 hours a day... been awhile since I've written something new on here. 

     Yes, I'm still working on a novel; in addition to about 7 other works.  I also bartend, in hopes of paying for bills ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
 
     My daughters are now teens, 16-19; still I'm MOM (Multitasking Overlooked Miracle. Thanks Lesley, for letting me know what MOM stands for!😉)  Bella is at times, like having a 3rd teen. 

     Another reason I haven't put any new posts, is because for quite some time, the technology had changed on "Blogger".  Thanks to my oldest darlin' who is very tech savvy; they helped me get the title, Sadie's Gathering back!  Along with the subtitle, "A Little Dab of This, & A Little Dash of That"!

     I would love to be able to spend more time writing; but until I have folks give $; (I'd be grateful for even $1) ... I'll have to work other ways to pay bills ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

     Gonna be reposting, re-editing some, and writing new ones, from time to time. 

     Hope every reader is doing great.  Hugs to all.  Take good care of you! 

P.S The link to "Donate $" is on the right side,  at the top.  Thanks in advance! 



 

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

What You CAN do This Holiday Season...



     *This was originally posted in 2015 for Thanksgiving.  Those days were filled with the "fun" of getting kids to school, on time, keeping them in a good mood, free of drama, (any parent of school age kids, knows what I'm talking about); my car not starting, thanks to evolutionary savvy squirrels; and more.  This year, my car of 21 years, quit.  Oh vell.  As I know, when you're having a tough day, wait for just a bit, and you'll see others having so much worse.  So, while we get through tough times, and the craziness this year's entailed,  I hope you enjoy this post and pass it on, because of the message.  Plus if you're a snow lover like me, I hope the fun picture above brings a smile.  'Cause many will not get a white Christmas!  
     Also, ladies, please check out and consider submitting to The Sadie Project!  We'd love to hear your story!
     Now, to the original~

     Just a thought, inspired by the cast of Sesame Street's performance on the Macy's Parade today.  They did a fun song, I'm not sure of the title, (searched extensively for a video of it), but a reoccurring line was, "I'm growing kinder everyday."  So... that got me thinking...

     Money may be tight, or even if it's overflowing, here's a suggestion that I am also going to try for this holiday season.

     Speak sincerely, kindly, to "EVERYONE YOU MEET", and if you can add a smile, all the better.  You may give someone the gift of HOPE, and that is a powerful thing.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

From 40 Years Ago! My Remake of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas"!!!

 

All those years ago...😉

I wrote this in the spring of 1983-9th grade, last year of Jackson Junior High; aka Freshman Year, when I was 15.  I was a Pin Pal~ supporter for the Generals Wrestling Team of  1982-1983, Jackson Jr. High, in Vienna, WV. 


I just recently found this in a box with lots of letters, photos, and other fun items of the past.  Brings back great memories, that make me smile and laugh.

Hope it does the same for you!



’TWAS THE DAY OF THE TOURNAMENTS

                                                                                             By: Susan Lowe


’Twas the day of the tournaments

When all through the school

The students were psyched

For their wrestlers were cool.


The wrestlers were trained

By Coach Rexroad with care

And they knew that tonight

They’d have nothing to fear. 


The wrestlers they sat

In the classes they dread

While visions of victory

Danced in their head. 


When over the intercom 

There arose such a clatter

The teachers all jumped,

The papers all scattered.


“Attention all teachers

“and all students too,

“Tournaments tonight

“And we’re gonna need you!

“The Pin Pals will be there

“to cheer the guys through-

“But we’ll need the school’s spirit

‘So you be there too.

“Beat Falcons, beat Eagles;

“Whip Bobcats and Wildcats;

“Pin Panthers, pin Devils

“And down Yellowjackets.


Then they heard the announcer say,

As it said with all might,

“Good luck to all wrestlers

“And to all a good fight.”



I read this on the intercom in Evelyne Moore’s office. Ms. Moore was a school counselor, and I was an assistant along with Kim Goodwin, Angie Emerick and Scott Adams. 


If you enjoy and donate even $1~ I'd be ever so grateful!  

As you can see, it's been over 40 years that I've been writing... 

Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, November 24, 2023

Technology vs. Me...

Porcupine in a Balloon Factory ©SJaye 2013, This post 


     As you no doubt know by now, I go NUTS dealing with technology.  

     I even fail to see the benefit of having a huge television.  Yet, having to own the latest phone where you can watch the exact same thing, on a teensy-weensy screen... AIE AIE AIE.

     I constantly misdial, mistype, or somehow, get to some unintended person or screen, only to let rip a stream of obscenities~ you probably will not see here.

     In fact, it is quite common for my husband to walk into a room, only to hear me swearing at an inanimate object, that he doesn't bat an eye; he knows better than to laugh.
 
     I often say, "for every thing that technology helps; is causes another 2 headaches."

     There have been many medical advances, as well as other types of progress, that without technology, would only be a dream.  I know that.  That is why I strive with the finesse of a porcupine in a balloon factory to learn and keep up with the latest kryptonite. 

     Writing this blog has been quite an adventure for a non-techie like me.  I have a Mac computer with a big ol' monitor that is larger than our family television.  Boggling I know, that we only have one tv. However it suits us.  I love my Mac, and since beginning to spend more time on it during the last year, I have begun to understand what all the hubbub is about.  Still, there are times that I still roll my eyes.

     If you read my post, The Perks of Being Fired, you'll recognize this picture:

Yes, I modeled for this.


     While I know this contraption is used in many fields, and different professions; I am not a fan.  I understand fully the need for it if you are protecting the President or another person of equal stature.  
     I also get it, that it helps when communicating across a large area, such as a restaurant, sports arena, or stage.   However, in these scenarios, where it's not a matter of national security; I think it's important to realize the impression the wired ear pods give, to what are paying guests/customers.  Those are who keeps businesses in business. 
     I humbly suggest to think long and hard, about WHO REALLY NEEDS TO BE WIRED?

     There are public service announcements, that are showing with more frequency, about the loss of loved ones due to texting while driving.  Pretty sure it's illegal now in most places.  Still, it's unnerving how many drivers, I witness doing exactly that; not to mention how many who are obviously "on a call", while driving.  Either that, or there's a lot more talking to one's self going on these days.

     Think about all the ways technology has affected us.

     I grew up in a time, when one learned how read body language.  When conversing, looking someone in the eye was a sign of respect.  With people looking constantly at screens of one kind or another, looking someone in the eye today, makes people uncomfortable.  
     Last weekend, while dining with a friend at a nice local restaurant, the what I presume was the manager stopped by to check on us.  After the initial "good evening," his eyes scanned the room instead of meeting with either of ours, for the remainder of the query.  My friend had sent her entree back, and when he stopped we assumed it was due to that, but then he didn't mention it or ask about it.   My friend, (who's in sales) and I got a kick out of it.  I think we could have told him Martians had landed, and he would have given us the same slick, rehearsed spiel.
      Dating has changed as well.  Gone are the days of the "smolder" or "look of longing".  Now,  after finding each other through a site, be it Hot Singles, Match.com, or Christian Mingle, I would be surprised if the two individuals in question actually found time to have an actual conversation amid the "tweeting" about the possibilities of their date; who they googled extensively prior to the date to find out all pertinent info.

     On the matter of technology that's less obviously "wired"- remember the good ol' days when you decided when you were finished on the pottie?  In the attempt of saving water, most public places now have toilets that flush automatically ... still figuring out what the "cue" is.  
     Then you move on to washing your hands.  There are times I swear, there must be a hidden camera complete with an audience laughing uproariously as I try to find one spigot that will bestow water onto my hands, as well as anticipate what direction the automatic soap dispenser will spurt.  Finally, drying your hands: the new dryers- you might as well wipe your hands on a piece of clothing (I suggest your own); or if it is working- be sure to hold on to your hat.  Checking the mirror before you leave the restroom might be wise as well.
   
     Keeping this topical, where would some politicians be without technology?  On one hand, (naughty, naughty) without it they may have kept their fantasy lives "closer to the vest".   On the other hand, (I admit, I am smirking as I write this) since they are endowed with technology, it's not in the same realm in my opinion, as other polititians who've committed various acts (and what variety!) mano a mano, or au naturel; so to speak.

    Going forward, this old fashioned porcupine will try to walk the fine line/tight rope between being digitally literate, and overwired.  However there are some of the old customs that I hope remain, so I vow to continue-   
     When I meet someone new, look them in the eye, and smile.  If the mood strikes, shake hands.
     Enjoy and engage in actual conversation.
     Remember how fun it is to laugh with another human being.
     Because no matter how advanced technology gets, it will never satisfy all the senses.  

     Lastly I will still read,  books.  I love the smell, the history, the je n'sais quoi...  that jumps out from my 1911 edition of J.M. Barrie's,  Peter and Wendy.  It's old, heavy, and lovely.  No Nook, nor Kindle, nor whatevah, can hold a candle to that.  And I also love the smell of a wood burning fireplace; no flippa switch for me, thank you.

    


This post was originally published on 7/31/2013!  Ten years ago, yet I still get miffed by technology.
I have a new post coming that will air my thoughts on AI 😉

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Happy Holidays!