Rambling Autobiography

 

I was born on a Wednesday, but my favorite day of the week is Friday. The month I was born Elvis Presley was singing “Return to Sender,” America witnessed the first black female judge, nuclear testing, and read about Mariner 2 flying by the planet Venus. I’m a Chickasaw, Sagittarius, Baby Boomer, and the oldest of three girls. As a little girl, I dreamed of being an actress, marine biologist, and a teacher. Today, I love movies and theatre, whales, and teaching eighth graders English. As a child I remember big family holidays, watching my dad work on his woodcarvings on the front porch, listening to Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn, and riding my bike. I won third place in the State Fair for my woodcarving of an old cowboy boot. George Washington’s white horse was a gift from my ancestors to ride during the war. My daddy is the sun, moon, and stars to me, my mother taught me how to be a survivor, and my two sisters are my best friends. I learned how to swim jumping off my grandpa’s shoulders and how to be true to myself from my daddy. As a teenager, I drove a Trans Am, sang with the Bee Gees with the T-tops out, and drank Sonic cherry slushes. My first date was with the high school wrestling captain at the movie theater watching Saturday Night Fever. I never went out with a boy from school again. I’ve dated a musician, race boat driver, racehorse jockey, millionaire, and married a truck driver who is the very definition of gold. I’ve been an Indian princess, an elf in a school play, and a recipient of racial prejudice. My favorite cars are the Jaguar XJ6 and the Trans Am Bandit. The theme song from “Phantom of the Opera” penetrates my soul and jazz soothes my heart. I met Chuck Mangione at Norman’s 2007 Jazz in June and he autographed my 45 record “Feels So Good.” My daughter considers me dead; my son makes me proud to be his mother, and my two grandsons hold my heart. Clyde is my Shih Tzu and more valuable than diamonds. I won the battle with breast cancer, fight depression every day, but almost died losing someone to suicide. Being separated from my grandsons still brings tears to my eyes but reading a text from them makes me smile. I adore thunderstorms, being near water, and 72-degree days. I hate mean people and humidity, but love being around people who make me laugh. If I ever see the ocean, I will probably stay there forever. I love creating and making things and would probably fade away without Hobby Lobby. I’m a super organizer, a list-maker, and hate doing laundry. I almost sunk a ski boat with my sister and once wore two different shoes to my English Literature class in college. If I had one wish I would want my family to never have to struggle due to money. My second wish is to be slim while eating anything I want. I believe that kindness to others is the secret of life.

Funny Jokes

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” –Charlie Chaplin

Never criticize someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you’ll be a mile away, and you’ll have their shoes.

Why don’t sharks eat clowns?
Because they taste funny.

What do you call a bear with no teeth?
A gummy bear.

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?
Frostbite!

Why did the student eat her homework?
Because her teacher told her it was a piece of cake.

What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?
Finding half a worm in your apple.

Were any famous men and women born on your birthday?
No, only babies.

What kind of key can never unlock a door?
A monkey.

Why can’t your nose be twelve inches long?
Because then it would be a foot.

Advice

I have heard it said in many ways that wisdom comes with age. I believe it to be true. My advice to an eighth grade girl would be…

You have your whole life in front of you. Relax and enjoy all the benefits of being a young lady and know you are not missing out on anything. Focus on school, activities you enjoy, and people you love being around. Don’t limit your friendships to a small circle, but do be very picky on who you allow to get close to you. Be very hard to get, and very easy to lose. Give yourself time to find out who you are and what you like, and don’t like. Never allow another person to define you or convince you that you’re not good enough. Because you are amazing! Look for those people who are walking beside you, not in front or behind, and who get excited when you succeed. Show respect for yourself and others, even if they don’t deserve it. It builds character. Walk away from gossip and backbiting. Don’t you know who they talk about when you’re not around? Most importantly, be kind. Be understanding and compassionate to others because you don’t know what they are going through in life. It’s much easier to hold someone up than tear them down. The quiet and fearful girl that nobody sits by could be a famous author when she grows up. The geeky boy in math class that everyone makes fun of could be the medical researcher who cures cancer. Give yourself the freedom to be yourself. Challenge yourself to do those things that make you uncomfortable because they are so hard. Read poetry, listen to classical music, appreciate all forms of art, and learn to cook. Follow your heart, but listen to your gut. Grow up into the beautiful woman that you are meant to be and never let anyone stand in your way of achieving success or happiness.

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

To My Kiddles,

Since taking off my classroom hat and putting on the distance learning hat, I have come to the realization of something. The last two weeks have been exhausting racing with time to prepare class for you online. But the hardest part is your absence in my life every day. It is extremely painful as I love you guys to the moon. So, as you listen and read along to the poem know you are greatly missed by your English teacher.

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

By E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

                                                      i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

 

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

 

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)