I’ve talked before about how I hate it when you ask people if they have regrets and they give the standard, “no I don’t have any regrets, because even the negative things have helped me become the person I am today and I would never want to change that. Flaws and all.”
On one hand, I get it. I might say I regret that time I pulled a friend of mine to the ground by her hair, but then what would we have to reminisce and laugh about today? That fight helped shape who she is and who am I to go back and change that growth even if it was regrettable? And it taught me that I don’t really like how I feel after I pull people to the ground by their hair. If I hadn’t learned that lesson with her, perhaps I would have chosen someone dangerous to learn that lesson with. Perhaps I would have tried to pull someone’s hair who would put me in a hospital as opposed to someone who would just grab a fistful of my hair back.
So I get it, the whole “not wanting to change the past” thing.
That being said, I refuse to pretend there are no regrets in my life. There are plenty of regrets…things that I could change that would not significantly impact my future in any way whatsoever.
Things I regret that would not change who I am today:
1.Not speaking up in class when my teacher talked about cancer.
2. Choosing not to be friends with a good friend because my other good friend was all, “Stop being friends with her!”
3. Quitting basketball because I didn’t like to run.
4. Being a brat to my step-dad.
5. Telling my sister she looks like Gonzo.
6. Refusing to go to high school dances (obviously I had a lot to teach my classmates about how to move on the dance floor.)
7. Prank calling a friend in 8th grade and telling her I was going to set her house on fire.
8. Getting out of bed this morning.
9. Allowing my son to eat candy today. Or ever.
10. Telling my husband to “shut the f**k up” when he asked me to marry him. It’s all fun and games until you have to tell the story to your children and future grandchildren.
11. That time I lectured my son about losing my phone before finding it in my own coat pocket.
12. Sending my daughter to school when she was sick. (“Did you take her temperature?”…”Well, no not exactly.”)
14. The lizard incident…still.
15. Leaving the garage open for this guy to sneak in (again):
See…it’s okay to regret some things!
Every week you’re invited to join me in Writer’s Workshop by responding to one of the provided writing prompts posted each Tuesday. The directions are simple:
- Choose a writing prompt from the list provided that inspires you most.
- Come back this Thursday and link up by pasting the URL from your post into the list of thumbnails that will be displayed. Just scroll to the bottom of the thumbnail list, click the bold words you will see that say “Click here to enter” and you’re all set!
View more detailed instructions on how this weekly meme works in the Writer’s Workshop FAQs. To receive writing prompts in your inbox each week, subscribe to the writing prompt newsletter here.
1.) The last time you apologized to someone was for…
2.) Talk about a time you got lucky.
3.) Write a post inspired by a photo or video you shared on Instagram last week.
4.) Something you have too much of.
5.) Write a list of your 10 favorite snacks growing up.
Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:
“My mother looked me straight in the eyes and said, “YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.” -No Excuses
“I worried a bit because the kitchen started to smell odd after about 15 minutes.” -Pumpkin Delight
“Your road is tearing my truck up and I can’t keep coming over here everyday like this, so you wanna get married?” -Becoming Blameless
“After my mid-term, I went and got a Brazilian, and now I feel better.” -Abby Normal
“I did winter in shades of grey, autumn in warm colors, and summer/spring in cooler, softer colors, and even sort of pastels.” -Dr Rachel Holmes
See you Thursday!
I thought I was going to have to wait until my kids had babies to get that validation every mother waits for.
You know the phone call, “Mom, you are amazing. I’m so sorry for everything I put you through. I can’t believe how you have cared for and fussed over me my entire life. You were right, you’ve always been right, you will always be right…and I love you.”
I was wrong though.
It came much sooner than I expected and all because my daughter is now a proud owner of a goldfish.
I’m still waiting for the “You are always right” part, but I’ll give it another week for her goldfish to teach her that lesson too.
This week over at Crafty Mom’s Weekly Challenge on The Stir, I finally got to tackle the famous diy Sharpie mugs pin that is everywhere on Pinterest. This might be one of the first things I’ve ever pinned and I’ve always wondered if drawing on a mug and baking it in the oven was really all it took to create your amazing line of mug designs.
To put this pin to the test I purchased mugs at the dollar store, grabbed a couple packs of Sharpies and the rest is history. Watch below to see how it worked out for us!:
Check out The Stir for more of my Crafty Mom Pinterest inspired projects!
My best memory of my mother reading to us when we were young was when she would sit us down with The Monster At The End Of This Book.
It’s also the only memory I have of my mother reading to us, which leads me to believe she read that book to us because SHE liked the book and that it was less about our quality time together.
And boy could she ever read that book! So when one of our Mommalogues questions this week asked what our favorite book was as a child, I knew exactly what I was going to…move over Harry Potter, there’s a new monster in town:
Other topics covered last week:
How much tech time do you allow your kids?
What are your favorite family snacks?
What outdoor activities do you enjoy in the spring?