Saturday, September 1, 2012

Dear Great Aunt Betty

Because you loved your married childless life, you told me all the time to not have children.

"Travel" you said.
Blarney Castle - Ireland

"Enjoy life" you said.
para sailing - Ka'anapali, HI

"Have fun" you said.


I took most of your advice.

I'm answering a writing prompt from Mel at According to Mags and Michelle at Old Dog New Tits
"Tell us in 57 words or less the best advice you have ever received
from someone older than you or that you admire."
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39 comments:

  1. This was a perfect way to answer this. I'm so glad you took *most* of her advice. There's nothing like seeing these kind of fun adventures through the eyes of a child!

    P.S. GREAT PHOTOS! Especially the last one. :)

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    1. She opened my mind to the possibility of not having kids and I think it's really great advice for some people, but not me.

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  2. I love your 'have fun' response. Well said, my friend!

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    1. Thanks Farrah! My Aunt was opinionated, but she was preaching to someone who was also rather opinionated.

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  3. What a creative way to tell your story. So funny.

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    1. My great aunt was hilarious. She was always spouting out things like this. I thought of her immediately when I saw the prompt. Glad you liked it.

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  4. Wonderful post. The last picture a perfectly sums it up. Glad you didn't heed her advice. :)

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    1. My kids and I are also glad I didn't heed her advice.

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  5. That's great! Who says you can't have it all! :)

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    1. Life is good! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Hey! Great job, Marian. Thanks for being our VERY FIRST LINKER. You should probably win some Rice-A-Roni for that or something. I'll see what I can do.

    Oh, and I loved your post. You knew just what parts to listen to and where you should veer off. Again, thanks for linking up!

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    1. I love the San Francisco treat! I'll be waiting not so patiently for that, thanks!

      This illustrates my personality perfectly, I'm always listening, I'm just not always going to do what you want. Thanks for hosting the link up!

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  7. I love this! Hey - come on over and pick up your award when you get a chance!

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  8. Thank you for stopping by Left Handed Ideas. I am following you back and look forward to reading your future posts.

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    1. I appreciate the follow. Thank you.

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  9. Isn't it nice to NOT follow all the advice we receive? Great post my friend!

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    1. I guess I'm a born rebel. Thanks for joining up for the prompt.

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  10. That is a great picture and a great reminder anytime my mind starts thinking about all the places we could be traveling to if we didn't have any kids.

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    1. Believe me, there are a few pictures I keep on hand just as reminders that I actually sometimes love this job. It's good for us all that I have them.

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  11. What beautiful pictures and words of wisdom looks like you have taken the right path for you.

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  12. How fun! :)

    *I just gave you a Liebster Award. Check out this link: http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/2012/09/liebster-award.html

    And have fun. :)

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    1. Christine, thanks so much for thinking of me!

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  13. Awesome answer - just awesome. :)

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    1. That really means a lot to me coming from you. Thank you very much!

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  14. Great post! I am going to travel one day (wishful thinking).

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    1. We will travel again some day. The kids have inhibited that a little. I really hope I can show them exciting places in the world.

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  15. I absolutely LOVE that last line - that you took MOST of the advice. Wahooo!

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    1. Thanks so much! I took the best pieces of her advice.

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  16. I absolutely LOVED this take on the prompt. After I read this (a few times), I wondered how on earth I could come up with one of my own. Well, it took me a few days. And I'm so happy to find your blog since I'm a HUGE fan of Finding Nemo!

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    1. Sandra, that is very kind. I will have to come by and check out what you came up with. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. So great! I think it's lovely the way you said you "took most of her advice." :-)

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  18. Wonderful entry! There are many roads where you will enjoy the ride :) Thanks for sharing the advice, and reminding us about context ;)

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    1. I'll never know whether her childless life was an active choice or a choice life handed her that she eventually embraced. I guess that part is irrelevant. My aunt gave me the best advice I never took.

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  19. Oh, I love it! Love that you only took "most" of her advice. Can't imagine life without children! :)

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Liebster Blog Award, but it’s a great way for bloggers to recognize and encourage each other. It’s a compliment, blogger style. I recently received the award and, because I follow and enjoy your writing, am bestowing it on you. Read my post here http://www.thatsuburbanmomma.com/2012/09/liebster-award.html?spref=tw then write you own and link back to me. I hope you’ll enjoy paying it forward as much as I have. Happy blogging.

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