Sandra Thompson’s 61 Birthday

Great!
Like I need a reminder!
I get home from a rough day at work and unlock my computer to check my emails and what pops up?

Sandra Thompson’s 61st Birthday is tomorrow!

Couldn’t they turn it around? Couldn’t I be just 16?
No that wouldn’t do at all. I had no eyebrows when I was sixteen. I’d shaved them off because David Bowie didn’t have any and I was (and still am) his biggest fan. He’s gone now of course, on a new adventure. I hope I see him again some day.
If I was 16 I wouldn’t have my beautiful daughter, I can’t imagine a life without her smile.

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I’d not have met my eccentric, quirky husband.

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Hey 61 is middle-aged now. I have a few years ahead of me still, and I intend to cram lots of good things into them.

I might be 61, but I’m not dead yet.

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Boxing Day Memories

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26th of December means two things to me. Family gatherings with cold buffet’s were our Boxing Day tradition, but first and foremost it was my mum’s Birthday! She’d have been 100 today!

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Here in the US, Boxing day isn’t on the calendar, but I take the day off work every year anyway, like I said it’s my mum’s birthday!

Families are a mixed bag aren’t they. Mine caused stress every year. Two brothers who didn’t get along must have caused mum endless heartache. The rift was too deep to ever fix. My brothers were always referred to as the “good brother” and the “bad brother”. The bad brother is dead now too, but he leaves behind a legacy of ruin and pain. Does anyone miss him? Who knows? I miss the brother he used to be when I was a kid, and before he turned bad.
Anyway, its boxing day, my mum’s Birthday, and I just want here to be remembered. Phoebe Ethel Newman, rest well in Heaven – we always remember you. Love You!

2014 Trickles away – A bitter-sweet year!

As the final few days of 2014 trickle away I think about all that happened. It was a bitter-sweet year with a weird beginning. My basement seemed cursed. Burst pipes, fires, but I handled it, and moved on.

Most of the year was filled with planning a beautiful wedding, and it was beautiful!

A weddingSeeing my lovely daughter so happy was a pleasure. Gaining a son-in-law was an added bonus. Getting together with family and friends I hadn’t seen in a long time was the icing on the cake. June and July were special months and I will always remember them with a smile.

The rest of the year passed in a blur. I had an extremely busy job which made my brain hurt so much I would escape for long walks during my lunch hour to prepare me for the afternoon. I guess I don’t have to worry about that anymore. After sixteen years of loyal service, covering several positions because of previous layoffs, I was a casualty of another downsize and cast aside without a second thought. I guess it happens. Yes my feelings were hurt, but I learned from it and I’m sure it will make me stronger.

As 2015 approaches I think of what it has in store for me. A vacation in Italy (providing I find a new job) and challenges I’m sure I’ll overcome.

There will be more tears and laughter, joy and sadness, all of the things that make up life. You can’t control life, but you can control the way you handle it.

Heres wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Dance like there’s no tomorrow!

I was in my mid twenties and a young wife. My husband was in the British Army and we lived in Dorset, far away from my parents, who lived in North Yorkshire. We always travelled home for Christmas, which made my mum extremely happy, but I didn’t realize how happy….until I saw her dance. It was Christmas day, and she was in the kitchen preparing the Christmas Feast. The radio was on and she didn’t hear me open the door. I’ll never ever forget the look of sheer happiness on her face as she danced to a tune I can’t remember. She twirled around the small kitchen, rocking to the beat of the song that played on the radio.

As I think about it now, it makes me emotional. My mum was 65 at the time, but danced like a teenager. She was embarrassed when she saw me watching, but it’s a site I will never forget. I miss you mum.

I wish I had a photo to share, but all I have are memories.

From Flower Fairy to Bride – A lifetime of Memories

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A lifetime of memories inspired me to write. My life hasn’t been perfect, but the happy moments outweight the sad ones. I look forward to the years ahead of me. I can’t control life, or the path it leads me down, but I can certainly make the most of whatever I find along the way!

This seems like only yesterday. My little girl was a flower fairy. Although she looked beautiful, she was a little upset that the ‘mum made’ wings couldn’t make her fly. All she ever wanted to be was a fairy, a princess, a mermaid, and for one brief moment……a squirrel. That was 24 years ago.

Now I’m planning a wedding for the flower fairy. Her dress was definitely not made by me, but hopefully the happiness and joy of the day will make her feel like she’s flying at last.

 

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Slow Down – You’re going too fast

My journey through life is speeding by,

In 1977 I was a young bride,

In 1984 I was a young mother,

Where did the time go?

My baby is grown,

Has a life of her own,

Next year she gets married.

Where did the time go?

Relish the moment, it doesn’t last long,

Life passes by a bitter-sweet song.

Filled with love, loss, drama and constant rebirth,

Live every moment for all it is worth.

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My next journey is as a writer, my first novel ‘Dead of July’ will be released in the fall.

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