Friday, July 10, 2009

i am in a silly mood....

i can't quite put my finger on why.....

maybe its because i got to spend another day in the sun with my little one, or maybe because i slept for 10 hours last night, or maybe because i know vacation will be here in less than a month....

i have to tell you one of my most favorite, enjoyable things in life is this scenario...

wake up in the morning, sunshine pouring through the white curtains(which i have) and i am snuggled in my white sheets and white down comforter with the air cold....

i get my little one breakfast and have a smoothie made from soymilk, frozen strawberries and banana....

i read my book while he watches cartoons...

then we go outside and play the day away in the hose, with bubbles and sidewalk chalk, eat popsicles, and just bask in the warmth of the sun...

then when we come in and get showered and the airconditioner is cold, and we have some lunch and then just cuddle on the couch and he tells me about his dreams and thoughts....

yup ladies it doesn't get any better than that:)

i am feeling particularly important today because i am thinking back to when i first started blogging and had no idea that there were so many other bloggers out there! that would follow and comment if you followed and commented on them too! and now i feel like i find a treasure when i log on here and see that someone took the time to read and comment on something i had to say. each and everyone of you is so important to me:)

i don't know if you ever sit around and think about your childhood but i do sometimes, and my husband was there for a lot of it so he totally gets how my family was. we never had much money, but my mom tried her hardest back then. i was telling my husband how umbro shorts were the thing to have for a while. all my friends had them and i wanted them so bad. i mean soooo bad! but we couldn't afford them. my dear sweet mother went to the kmart and got me ....

umbra's.

you know the kmart brand of the cool thing?

i hated them and refused to wear them. i would rather go without than wear something so obviously not right.

looking back, i feel kinda bad that my mom at least tried and i shunned her efforts, but seriously, what would the kids with the real umbro's have thought?

besides, i had all the jellies in every color, so i was cool anyway. remember jellies?

always the trendsetter back in the days of elementary school i started one trend that i am sure will go down in the history books as the best fashion statement a second grader can make....

each day of the week we had an "elective" class and by that i mean library, art, gym etc....
well this little genius decided that on gym day, just to make it easy to be both sporty and cute, i was going to wear one dress shoe and one sneaker. it was totally fabulous and didn't look at all silly. i could be playing 4 square one second and flirting with boys the next.....i wore matching socks, of course. all the girls soon picked up this fashion statement and pretty soon i was known throught the land.....

of course i had my embarrassing moments as well. when i was in kindergarten, at the end of the day the teacher would pick out a few kids to come to the front of the class. they would then get to do some exercise/show thing that consisted of pretending they were in a bubble. i have no idea what we were really doing, or if my teacher was high on crack, but whatever. the point is...you wanted to be one of those kids. finally, FINALLY it was my turn. and i was so cute that day in my white stockings and my dress, my homemade hair cut and of course one jellie and one sneaker. i raised my hand to be picked and she picked me! i had to pee really bad and asked if i could go before we started. she said no because there wasn't time.

so anyway, i get up there and i am totally doing my bubble thingy when all of the sudden i felt something warm. yup. i was freakin peeing. all down my leg. and with white stockings? i was so pissed. literally.

then there was the time in 1st grade and again in 4th when i pretended that my birthday was the day before the actual day because i didn't want to share it with this kid who had a wart on his chin. he had a really big head too and a buzz cut perpetually grown out alittle too much which, in my opinion only made his head look bigger and more bobble like. i also refused to give him a valentines day card because i thought he had a crush on me. turns out years later, he is gay. i totally have no problem with that. in fact had i known.....i might have been a bit more nice, maybe even shared our birthday.

and my biggest nemesis of all? the free lunch.

there were four of us. and my parents. if you aren't that good at math, 6 total.

we lived in a 2 bedroom apartment. then a 3 bedroom townhouse. we always had clothes.i am not trying to sound ungrateful. all my friends had packed lunches. but not me. i had free lunch. which means the government basically decided we fit into the poverty category and gave me a hot meal at lunch monday through friday. not unlike jail. except we had construction paper art on the walls, and we got to go home at the end of the day. anyway....

every day at lunch time my friends with their fabulous packed lunches would sit down and open their little treasure chests to reveal the delicious goodies within.....

one girl would have tomato soup in a thermos (it was still hot!) and a cheese sandwhich with friut snacks to boot, one would have yogurt with an icepack next to it (it was still cold!) and grapes and pretzels and a mini candy bar..... and they would all have money to get chocolate milk.

i had to walk through the line at school and get my cooled off, gray hamburger with no lettuce of even cheese, pile of "steamed garden fresh veggies" and fruit cup. these lunches cost 90 cents and with the extra 10 cents i could have gotten a chocolate milk. except since mine was already free, there was no change. then we had to go thru to the register and kids would hand over their dolalr, or give their name for the pre-paid list (their parents paid a month at a time) and then little free-lunch me. I tried to escape by calling out pre-paid and bee lining it for the other side of the room which actually worked for a few days until one really mean old bitch very nice old lady called me back and told me quite loudly in front of everyone that prepaid meant she had to cross me off a list and so since i had free lunch i couldnt be yelling pre-paid and running away......

needless to say i was mortified, but no one really noticed. or at least they had some manners and waited to get home and ask their mothers what in the heck a free lunch was.

years later, i remember talking to friends about it (not the same ones) and they mentioned how they wish they could have had the school lunch not a packed lunch and how a free lunch would have even been cooler....

so funny how for a kid it always seems greener.......

so anyway, it seems as if i was kinda mean at times when i was a kid.....but don't judge, after all i did grow up to be mother of the year, and i think that more than makes up for not sharing my birthday with the warty, chia pet kid.

9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I think about my childhood when some specific sparks a memory about it.

And I can't believe how much I have loved blogging.

J said...

"not unlike jail. except we had construction paper art on the walls, and we got to go home at the end of the day." - You are hilarious. LOL!
I remember umbro shorts! I wanted them too, but I wasn't allowed to have them because, according to my English immigrant father, sporty things were "not appropriate" for school. I wasn't even allowed to wear jeans until grade 6 because "only men who are building houses wear jeans."
The thing about the kid with the weird head is hilarious too. Pretty much everyone I thought had a crush on me in school turned out to be gay. Weird eh? I guess they were just nice to me and I wasn't used to that from straight boys! LOL.
Glad you had such a wonderful day! Sounds perfect to me too!

the girl with the pink teacup said...

Jineen, I so wish I'd known you when you were a kid! You sound like you were a little legend. I would totally have copied your one shoe/one jelly style.

And "not unlike jail" had me laughing out loud :)

The Rambler said...

Jineen...so great.

I have to say the one sneaker/one jellie combo thing is pretty genius. :)

Blogging has definitely been so theraputic (spelling.tired.sorry) for me. And like you am always amazed when I see people come over to read what I have to say. :)

Oh and 10 hours of sleep in one sitting. You lucky..you know :)

xoxo

Kimmy @ kimmythingy said...

This was a really funny entry :-)

Looking back at child-hood it is so easy to see things through rose coloured specs and forget just how mortifying some things really were.

I still remember forgetting to wear underwear to school one day. Like, SERIOUSLY, how does a person forget that?? Ok, so I was 7, but it didn't make it any less degrading. Particularly when I had to confess all to one of the teachers, and be given a pair of "lost property knickers" to wear(SERIOUSLY, who LOSES their knickers)

I get what you mean about SITS and comments. Its such a great community, and just a little bit of love goes a LOOOONG way!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
(man, I've possibly written my longest note EV-ER)
xx

Sunshine Mama said...

Hey, childhood has so many memories, where do you begin?

The whole it's greener on the other side it so true. My 14-year old daughter wants everything she doesn't have. She's tall and slender and wishes she were shorter and more filled out. Go figure.

Sarah said...

I'm back! I have to catch up on blogs but wanted to tell you that I am SO glad you like your candle. Also, your childhood sounds very similar to mine except that Guess jeans were the in thing and I bought a pair, too big, for $12 at the local resale shop. I grew up in a ONE bedroom (4 room total) apartment with my dad, brother, and sometimes Aunt. My dad, brother, and I all slept on the fold out couch in the living room. I did not get free lunch but I think we could have, had my dad done something about it. I wouldn't trade growing up like that for ANYTHING! Makes me appreciate every little thing...and I have a very good suspicion that my kids will be FAR from spoiled...builds character :)

Shannon said...

I too wanted those Umbro shorts. I got close one time.. There was a shoe store that was having a special - buy a pair of shoes, get an Umbro bag and a pair of Umbro shorts for $5. Well, I got the bag - which wasn't the "cool" bag and then got the shorts - but they weren't the Umbros that everyone else were wearing - they were like nylon shorts that had umbro printed on them - not stitched!! Not to mention, they were super duper short. I wore them a few times, but then due to dress code - wasn't allowed to wear them anymore b/c they were too short.

I also remember when my mom got me a pair of Guess jeans - they were from the 2nd hand store and I wore those things to death!

And, the free lunch. Me too. It started in 6th grade and went on till I graduated. I stopped eating lunch in the 9th grade b/c of it. They changed the system, so all the kids with free lunches didn't have to scan a card or anything..which in turn, let everyone know that your lunch was free...

Janna Bee said...

My family had money growing up, yet I was never allowed to have the cool thing, umbros, those bracelets you slap on your wrist, and nintendo... my parents refused to buy them and made me buy them myself. When I finally had enough money to buy a Nintendo, they were selling the super nintendo. I am so glad my parents were strict on this because now I know the value of a dollar... but man how I wanted those darn umbros....