My Eldest’s good friend described her thusly this week: “You have all the random particles of the universe floating through your brain.” He is correct, and I can only say: How well we understand the Jello when first we meet the mold.
Some random particles that have been colliding with my Molly Flotsam lately:
- I really enjoyed my high school job. I worked for a pharmacist in his drugstore, and got to learn everything from cleaning and filing, to working the lunch counter, to doing inventory, to customer service, to setting up and running a used book section, to bookkeeping and payroll, to ordering and reimbursements. It was not your typical after-school job, and I kept it from 13 to 20. Some days, I really miss my time at the store. I had a radio up in the office, and could work on projects while listening to Oregon Public Broadcasting and Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegon programs. I had an employee discount in the music department. I had autonomy and purpose. I want those same things for my kids as they get old enough to have outside work. Meaningful, productive work can be a very satisfying thing all the way through life.
- Eldest is going with me to serve at a funeral luncheon tomorrow. She enjoys this as much as I do, and it’s extremely satisfying to have a unique connection with my daughter.
- I have really neat people for my nieces and nephews. I don’t think I expected to feel this much attachment to their little personages, lo, these many years ago that I became an Auntie. I’m increasingly grateful for my own three Aunties, and all the affection they lavished on me as a child. I’m tickled that my own kids have eight Aunties each, and all of them are lovely!
- I am surprised at how much I’m enjoying having our four little hens around the place. They’re very curious, and very sweet, and follow me around when I pick the raspberries, tugging on my pant leg when I’ve waited too long to “accidentally” drop another berry for them.
- I wonder why more and more private homes are not adding solar panels to their roofs. The windstorms we have before each thunderstorm, and the resulting debris, might be part of my answer, but I’d still love to have some solar panels running.
- How many different ways can I share my excitement about the world with my kids? That’s becoming the driving force behind every educational thought. I want them to have grounded foundational skills, and passion. Everything else follows those two things.
- How on earth did I end up volunteering to help with Boy Scouts? An Avid Indoors-woman like me? Really? Who thought this was a good idea??
Methinks Eldest comes by her randomness quite honestly.