Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ July 8th, 2015

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 3.34.07 PM It’s been a pretty long times since I’ve taken part in Wednesday Hodgepodge, but I always enjoy the questions. If you would like to join in be sure to check out From This Side of the Pond and give these questions a go yourself.

1. When did you last ‘swim against the tide’?

In general, I’m more a go with the flow type of person. I certainly have my own views on things, but I tend to keep them to myself most of the time so that involves just going my own way and not struggling to get where I’m going. The only time I actually fight for my views to be heard are with my partner and that usually doesn’t work out in my favour so swim, swim, swim along in silence (or quietly go against the crowd, as I have no need for confrontation). 

2. What’s the last self-help or self-improvement book you read?
Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. I know I haven’t read these types of books in a long time. When I first out of high school, self help books are what I did for fun, but yeah, not so much anymore. I read Eat for Health about three years ago when I was dealing with some medical issues. That may have been the last self help book I’ve read. Well, I’ve read some Gary Chapman for reviews, and have enjoyed those. My favourite being Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married
3. “Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.” (Sir James Goldsmith)
Hmm, do I have to answer this one? I think that everyone has a difference view of what tolerance is and if we really looked at it most people, including myself sometimes, would need meet my expectation of tolerance. I think you have to live and breathe tolerance to be considered tolerant. It’s not just sitting back and saying you are tolerant. On the other hand, it isn’t saying you are tolerant and then clearly judging people that you say you are tolerant of. It isn’t an easy one. 
4. What is one of your most vivid memories of the kitchen from your childhood?
Like I’m sure so many others, Christmas baking is at the top of the list as it really was the only time I was allowed to help in the kitchen. My Mum would make a huge variety of cookies. I, however, don’t really remember any specifics about our baking or those (stereotypical) magical moments we must have shared. 
I’m going to go with a story of a different kind because I remember it well right down to the clothes I wore later that day (a lilac colours short sleeve sweated with little flowers around the collar….it also embarrassed me as it was a day I wanted to look like the other kids). When I was in grade 4 or 5 the school arranged for our pen pals from another school to come and visit us for a week (each student from the other school was pen pals with two students from my school). The first night in town my pen pal stayed at my house and she woke up before my parents did in the morning and was hungry. I’d never prepared my own breakfast before and my pen pal wanted toast. I told her that, but she told me that I could certainly make toast myself. Well the toaster started smoking like crazy waking up my parents that got very upset with me. I was so, so embarrassed and I cried. I begged for the pen pal just to go stay at her other pen pal’s house and I think that is what happened as I don’t remember her being in my house after that. I felt bad for disobeying my parents and felt worse for not being able to cook a simple piece of. Within two years, my Mum had passed away and I got thrown into the kitchen without knowing anything (and may have started a small fire or two). The memory of how embarrassed I felt in front of my pen pal is the reason why my children spend time in the kitchen with me from the moment they are born. They all have good kitchen skills and can prepare their own food (geared towards their respective ages) without assistance from me. 

5. How did/do your children’s summer compare with your summers as a child? If you are not a parent, answer as it relates to what you’ve observed about the current generation of children vs. your own childhood.

Vastly different and that makes me sad. When I was a child we would go on a family vacation every were to Newfoundland and my Mum would start packing weeks before and there was so much anticipation of the trip. Once there I’d explore with my cousins and it was so much fun. Even when we were just around home I spent lots of time outside and at the park with my little troupe of anglophone friends. I was close friends with a local family and we’d spend hours at the beach or in their yard making mud pies and going on all kinds of adventures and when we were tired we go down into their basement and play pretend. It was good fun.

My children are homeschooled and don’t really have friends, so we actually just do school year long. We’ve never planned a family vacation in advance (and usually only take them when I have to get away every 4 or five years). There’s no excitement about the summer being any different from any other time of the year. We live in an are where there are many bugs and my husband and oldest son cannot handle insects at all so we spend all our time inside. We haven’t been to the beach in the last three years as my husband doesn’t see the point and is always so busy. It makes me really sad and frustrated. My kids are only children once and there’s really nothing special or new for them in the summer. They play far too many video games, we hang out around the house and we do school. Same ol’, same ol’.

 6. Tell us what body of water you would most like to be on or near today, and why?

Take me to the Atlantic Ocean my friend, let me stroll the rocky shores. I miss it something fierce. 

 7. Share a favorite song about water, or a favorite song with the word water in it’s title, or a favorite song to listen to as you sit beside the water.
Here are a couple:
Inset your own random thought here.
 Ha, ha, I don’t have any random thoughts this week! I don’t even have a photo for you.