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What kids and shopping have in common

It could be argued there are many things kids and shopping have in common, but the one that’s pertinent to this post is:

I used to dislike both these things. A lot.

In my very first guest blog entry ever, the posting of which I’m celebrating formally with crumpets and tea*, I describe what changed and why. If you’ve read TMiYC for a few months, you probably suspect it relates to the picture I posted in the entry “The myth of perfect people.”

You might be wrong. But you might not be! You’ll have to mosey over to Cookie’s Chronicles, blog home to the lovely Sue (a.k.a. “Cookie’s Mom”), to find out.

Without further ado, I present to you:
Mother, Child, Mother 

* Yeah, I thought you’d see right through that. In the real world, I had to turn all my focus toward not running around shouting, “OMGyouguysmyfirstguestblogentryisliveyayyayyayyaywowwhee!”

  1. August 2, 2011 at 6:58 am

    You post was incredible. Your gift shines, Deb. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. Liz
    August 2, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Love, love, love your first guest blog entry.

    • August 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks, lady! I’ve already written a second, but it’s much different in tone and content . . . not to mention not out for another four months or so! :p

      I’m so glad for the opportunity, and how it converged with a random moment of thanks as I was driving, leading to this articulation of my heart.

  3. August 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I loved, loved, loved it too! Thanks for being my guest today, Deborah. How do you feel now that it’s happened?

    • August 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Absolutely delightful, and delighted! I know I said I wasn’t going to comment until tomorrow, but I figure three minutes to say a few thanks now isn’t going to bring the world crashing to a halt. :p

      I feel so grateful for this opportunity, and for how it opened up my eyes to guest posts! I’ve received the first couple of “for this i am thankful” entries and they’re a gift–one I’d not have necessarily found my way to otherwise!

  4. August 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I dislike children, I love shopping. I know, I’m a bad person. Off I go now to Cookie’s to read.

    • August 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      I don’t think that makes you a bad person! I was a grumpy person before I liked kids, sure, but I know plenty of not-grumpy, not-bad people who don’t like kids. I’m no longer among them, as you know by now; indeed, I find myself wishing I could comfort parent and child alike in trying circumstances now, whereas previously I used to scowl with narrowed eyes.

  5. August 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Grr, kids are like marmite to me – one day I love them, the next I’ll despise them! That saying, I do love shopping!! Great post!

    • August 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Marmite! *shudder* I had some of that my summer in British Columbia. If I hadn’t also had uni, it would easily have been my least favorite part of the summer. I guess that’s to say I relate to despising Marmite, but not so much the “loving” part. :p

      As my friend Elsha pointed out on Twitter, I had a blast on our shopping day. It’s a true story! We shopped for several hours before I started experiencing shopping-related hives. Then again, Marmite excluded, almost anything can be pleasant in the right company.


  6. August 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Hey Deb! You already know just how perfect I think this post is! 🙂 (I never could get my comment to post on Cookie’s blog.)You always convey your thoughts so beautifully. I just love the picture of Li’l D and your mom. They both look so joyful.
    Congrats on your first guest post!!!! I can’t wait to read your second one!
    ps–I super hate shopping, too!

    • August 3, 2011 at 5:04 am

      Thank you, on many counts! I love that picture, too. For a couple of months after Mom died, I’d look at it and regret I hadn’t taken it on my real camera (versus my then shoddy cell phone camera), but that faded pretty quickly when I looked at what was important in it. ♥

      I was thinking about your shopping comment while walking Sai last night, trying to envision scenarios apart from going with girlfriends in which I’d like shopping. I landed on that I’d probably have a great time at an earring-only store, although I’d have to save up for it for months given my love of earrings! :p

      • August 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

        You just prompted me to think of my own pleasant shopping scenarios! I love to shop for gifts for others and for home furnishings and that’s it. My least fave shopping trip is for clothing. I hate the trying on process!

  7. August 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Brilliant! Your absolutely best piece ever! Congratulations! I’m impressed, proud of you and so in awe!

    • August 3, 2011 at 5:08 am

      Thanks, Georgette! It differs in tone from my other personal favorites, but I have to say it is my favorite of my own writings so far. Typing words like that fills me with terror in a way (“oh, crud, I’m never going to write anything this good again”), but I’m going to make it a point to keep trying to prove that fear wrong. Practice does tend to make better, not worse!

      • August 3, 2011 at 6:07 am

        Read thegoodgreatsby today. He really struck a chord about the “terror” thing.

  8. August 2, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Crumpets and tea? Sounds like the best excuse to celebrate anything :P.

    I’ll go check out your awesome guest-post!

    • August 3, 2011 at 5:08 am

      I can’t say that I’ve ever actually had crumpets and tea, but I’m sure I’ll give it a go someday. 😀

  9. August 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

    You are a gift to all who cross your path… Keep smiling 🙂

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