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The Serenity Garden (journal part II)

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525 posted 08-12-2004 05:23 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Do you want me to start GUESSING?

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526 posted 08-12-2004 08:53 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Hmmmm, wonder what it could be?    Is there a prize for the winner of this guessing contest by any chance?  If there is, I guess possibly a book?
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527 posted 08-12-2004 11:12 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Ummm.....is it bigger than a breadbox?
Can you serve it with tea?
Ummmm.... does it have two or four legs?
    Oh, I give up!
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LOL...No prizes, except for Moi.  Well, hmmm, if I could be considered a prize, then perhaps I'm a prize for another PiPster...

Chris, definitely bigger than a breadbox, I would say tea would be served to "it", and you're ok with two legs.  

Clues can be fun.  LOL...I'll see if I can come up with some clues of my own...

I'll be back!
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529 posted 08-13-2004 10:58 AM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

You are going on a trip?
You are visiting someone who wears a tiara perhaps?


ARRRRRGGHHHHH !!!!
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530 posted 08-13-2004 11:07 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Oh Chris...if this had been a contest, you win!!!

Yes!  I'm headed for CA in late September...and it's quite possible, with a little luck, I will meet one of our pipsters who definitely wears a crown!  

I received [for the first time ever] an invitation to attend a high school reunion.  I told my spouse that I would send a "photo and a letter" and he said...

"why don't you just go?"

HA!

I haven't looked back.  Tickets are purchased...and I've been calling family and friends to make arrangements.  Talk about one excited lady!  And believe it or not, one of the things I'm looking forward to is driving up and down the coastline...I have missed that pleasure for a long time...

and there's a peaceful sense in one's solitude when on the California seaboard.
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531 posted 08-13-2004 01:55 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well I just bet you meet a little flower face too while you are down there.   Oh, the shopping, the shopping down there - now that I miss.
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532 posted 08-13-2004 02:03 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

LOL...not too concerned about shopping...just getting to see family and friends...that's my agenda!  Taking my laptop with me, so communication won't be broken!
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533 posted 08-13-2004 04:10 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Gleeeeeeeeee! That's great Karilea. Would I love to go there with you!!! Have a wondeful time. Hugs.
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534 posted 08-13-2004 09:51 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Karilea, I am so excited for you....and I expect to see some redwood forest pictures!!!  And, of course, ocean pictures.  I had been dying to know your secret.... *big grin* ....jo
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535 posted 08-14-2004 07:29 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

When I was last in CA, they commonly referred to specific locations as Upper, Central and Lower CA.  If I've got things figured right, I'll be up and down the coastline from the lower mid-Central to Lower CA...and that's a whole lotta coastline!

Better watch out what you ask for, Jo...with digital camera and laptop availability, I'm going to be dangerous with the number of photos I bring back!  LOL...
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536 posted 08-14-2004 07:36 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I wish I were going...please have a good enough for all of us, you two!

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537 posted 08-14-2004 08:41 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

and Kari? Thanks!

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538 posted 08-14-2004 01:59 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I dunno...do you think
my classmates are going
to say, "yeah, I remember you..."

Especially considering we're
covering almost four decades?

LOL

Have a giggle, kids...
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539 posted 08-14-2004 02:09 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Kari? You are so pretty.

I was just telling Mysteria Sharon that everytime I see that smile I think of one of those synchronized swimmer ladies.

.

Well it was meant as a compliment.



But can't ya'll just see her, smiling in the water, then upside down doing those scissor kick things?

(shush Toe, yer imagination is admirable, but I'm way ahead of you there... )

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  I always WANTED to be a swimmer!  LOL...unfortunately, my synchronization is about as coodinated as my meter, which, as all know, although I try?  It just ain't there...sigh...

About the time of the 2nd photograph, I was working for the head guy in the Department of Water, etc., in a town I won't mention, and one of the ladies there, who would have been about the age I am now...was one of those wonderfully experienced ladies that had done everything, been everywhere, and knew it all, so the lot of us figured she had to be about 385 with all of her experience.  

Well, it was shortly after I had my second child, and I came into work, with that dastardly ever-present SMILE.  

"Do you have to be happy EVERY DAY?"

huh?

Stammering, I said,

"well, it's just me..."

to which she responded...

"No one can be happy ALL the time!"

Oh.

Well, she tried to wipe the smile off my face, but as you can see?  She didn't succeed.  And you're all stuck with it! LOL....

~*~

Serenity...thank you for the compliment.  I have never viewed myself as "pretty".  "Ok", perhaps, but nothing more.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing...I can actually accept the fact that I have the chutzpah to put those photos on your thread.  

Truthfully, I have a highly sensitive nature and had to layer on some thick skin over the years.  Words could, and DID, hurt me when I was young.  In fact, my trulier "thicker skin" came from being here, at Passions.  I tell you, these last five years have been an education all in itself.  I wonder if I can get Ron to mail me a "Degree in Self-Confidence..." LOL...

And thank you, Sis, for letting me have a place in your thread to just relax and be myself...
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541 posted 08-14-2004 05:43 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Serenity .... lol, she would make a cute synchronized swimmer.  Yes, I could have pictured that.     

Sunshine, you sure were, and still are, a cutie.  Have a great time on your trip!  *hugs* SIL  
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542 posted 08-14-2004 10:19 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

*pops head in

Wow..anybody else see the Raquel Welch resemblance thing going on with Karilea?

*pops head out
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543 posted 08-14-2004 11:51 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

and Kari? I swear Raph did not receive the pic of you in the skin thong bikini from me!



Raph? Y'gotta a story to tell?

eeeeeeeeeeeeegadsgleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I'm beside myself.
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544 posted 08-15-2004 12:48 AM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

the third pic especially i'm telling you there's a raquel welch thing going on..

stories? no, officially i'm not here. you didn't see nothin'

*scurries back into his hermit cave*
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545 posted 08-15-2004 12:50 AM       View Profile for muted   Email muted   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for muted

youre a HOT chick Kairlea.

umm, yeah, you are soooo pretttty.

and yes, now everyone has this notion of you doing the leg scissors thing wearing a sequined bathingsuit. LOL

where do i apply for some "thick skin"? cause ya know, these things would come in handy theses days.

have fun at the reunion, i would be too scared to go to my own.

and dont forget to "spike" the punch LOL
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Raph, stop all that scurryin'
might land ya on someone's dinner plate LMAO
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547 posted 08-15-2004 01:00 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Absolutely tho, Raph. That third pick is rather Raquel...hmm.

Yanno? I never looked at that before.

You're right.

Kari? c'mere baby...There's a Stephanie Powers aura too tho...

Geez, Kari. You shoulda hung around the brown derby more often!

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'thems hermits is good eatin!'

*duelling banjos in the background*

ok i'm going to attempt sleep now...sighs
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ROFL...   You folks are TOO much.  The pic on the far left is, of course, 1969, and one year after the Brown Derby story...

The second photo was done for a friend who wanted to practice his photography, circa 1979.

The third one was 1980 when I applied to take a position as a recruiter for a business college.  And the high schools  changed the rules about how their students were going to learn about various colleges.

In fact, that's a story.....

It was back in the sixth grade [and stop me if I've told this before] when the speech teacher basically told me that I should never ever again raise my hand to join in a debate.  Why?

Because I had a stutter when nervous, and talking in front of people ALWAYS made me nervous.  But not only did he bring attention to it, he did it in front of the class.  

Oh, I had prepared for the debate...I had worked very hard.  But my stutter got in the way and apparently he had no time for that.  Well, I guess not, classes being only 50 minutes or so.

Humiliated is not a strong enough word for how I felt that day.  And I'm a great one for silent, solemn vows.  This vow was your classic, "I'll show him someday!!!"

But it never happened as I progressed through high school, or into my first year of college.  Life got in the way, and I remained a fairly shy, nervous young person and always hoped that the teacher would never call on me to stand up and speak out...just let me hand in my paper, please, and if you need to talk to me, let's do it one on one.  

Well, it was after I remarried the second time and we ended up in Battle Creek, Michigan, I took a job with a business college so I could recruit kids to "do more" with their lives.  I didn't think I would get the job, because my first husband set me back on continuing my own education - and kids came, so a lot of you can figure out that kids, and work, were primary, and taking care of my "selfish needs" of going to school was "out of the picture"...for the moment.

But wow...talk one on one with kids and get them go to school?  I could do that.  I could use my own background [see, if you don't finish with a good education, you have a job like this... ]

As I said, though, the schools changed the criteria.  No more sitting behind a table with brochures and speaking to students only if they came to your table.  Nope.  Recruiters were now expected to give a talk to classes [read, in front of students] on WHY they should attend this business college...

Uh-oh.

Oh my.

This was NOT going to be easy for moi.  But my spouse said, "you can do it" so I took that same basic criteria I was going to use, one on one...and turned it into an interactive speech.  Giving kids a chance to ask questions, and being prepared for them, after relaying my "life story" at the age of 29.  [Not much of a life, but my potholes were to be avoided...]

I traveled around the southwest portion of Michigan for a full school year, having had visited several classes 2-3 times a week and was mentally saying to that former 6th grade teacher..."I don't stutter anymore..." with a few "nyah nyahs" thrown in when feeling particularly spunky.

And then one school informed me that I would only give one talk to their schoolkids and I thought, "hmmm, they must have polled the kids to see who wanted to attend a business college..." so I figured it would still be a regular sized class.

Nope.

I was speaking to ALL of the junior AND senior high school students in their auditorium.

And I didn't know it until I got there.

I turned into one huge shaky, stuttering nerve.  Mentally, I said to Him..."that's for the nyah nyah's, isn't it?"

Well, I managed through it...hecklers and all.  You see, this was a mandatory meeting, and there were several students who would have rather been in another place.  The hecklers were taken care of though...I don't remember what I said, but I think the "mother voice" came into play, and I got through the 90 minutes of introduction to my life, and the Q&A period.

I do have, somewhere in my own archives, a letter from that school for the excellent job I did, along with a few letters from the students that eventually went on and did better things with their lives.  

Shortly after that I was offered a position to work as an assistant for a President of a food manufacturing restaurant business in Marshall, Michigan.  I was glad for the experience of the recruiting job...but I was also glad I would never have to speak in front of large groups again.

Wrong.

LOL...but that's another story, and would reflect more on the last picture, taken last year.

Now, as for the Raquel, let alone Stephanie remarks, all I can say, my poet friends, is that my smile is THIS wide this morning...and for those kind comments, I thank you.  You see?  Mentally...I'm still that ugly duckling, but now I don't mind poking fun at myself.  Especially if I get the first poke.

You are all too precious.  No wonder I love this home.



 
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