1.) Time for your tangent…what is your latest complaint?
(inspired by Jill from I Don’t Want An Oscar)
2.) If you could have given yourself a snapshot five years ago of what your life is like now, what would the picture be of and how do you think you would have felt about it?
(inspire by Sera from Laughing Through The Chaos)
4.) Write a letter to the first person who ever broke your heart.
(inspired by Alecia from The Silva Family)
5.) Welcome to the most shocking rose ceremony in writing prompt history. Please award roses to the ten people (or items) in your life that you’d like to continue pursuing a relationship with.This week, I'm going to write about the snapshot of my life, as compared to five years ago - prompt #2.
Let's do a contrast and compare, ok?
Life category - Location
2005? Lexington, KY - home of sweet iced tea and mega-large thoroughbred horse farms.
2010? small town near St. Louis, MO - home of toasted ravioli and mega-large flea markets
Life category - Love
2005? I was involved with Crazy Arnie, a wacky bipolar guy who liked to rearrange my furniture (like putting the pieces of the sectional up on their ends so you couldn't sit anywhere), and then he'd cover every remaining place to sit with his stuff. I'd just sit outside and read - I had a great tan that year. Oh, and when he wasn't doing that, he was causing family discord - and once even tried to get me arrested.
And I didn't even tell you about the retired physician who attempted an internal exam in a movie theater...while his "Mr. Happy" sat in his lap.
Or the guy who made the generous offer of sex as long as I called him Daddy while he pulled my hair. Good times, that.
2010? I'm married! I still can't quite believe that fact. I just always assumed it would be me and the kid, and then, just me. I mean, who would want an old broad with a boy with serious mental health issues...seems The Mister was willing to overlook and/or master that little fly in the ointment. Lucky me!
Life category - Family
2005? It's just me and The Boy. We ate out too much (wish I could get most of THAT money back), I spoiled the kid rotten, and yet he still misbehaved. My daughters are on their own, I don't see them much (one in NY, one in NC). No relationship as of yet with one year old granddaughter, Jordyn.
2010? Every night, it's The Mister, me and The Boy. We eat in most nights. My daughters are still far away (FL and NC now), but The Mister's daughters are nearby. I had 18 months of getting to know my daughter's kids (Jordyn and Cameron) when we moved to NY, but then they moved to the warmth offered by Disney World. Now I have four more grandchildren (Desiree, Nate, Eli and Seth) in the area to get to know better. Everyone has been very welcoming to us - they're awesome!
Life category - Work
2005? Yep, I had a job. It didn't suck, though I was less than thrilled being a contractor. I had some silly notion that it was less stable than being a "real" employee. I had some friends from work, we've kept in touch.
2010? I've been out of work since October 2007 (except for my seasonal work at H&R Block the last two years). Oh, and the job I got laid off from? I was a "real" employee...go figure.
So, if my fairy Godmother took a snapshot of me today and then told my 2005 self that in five years I would be:
Cooking and baking all the time
The proud owner of some pretty cute aprons
A homebody who almost never goes out and about
Letting my hair grow past my shoulders
A frugal woman
Watching The Boy have some real success with his behavior
Revealing stuff about us in a blog, for God's sake
I'd tell her that she has a very rich fantasy life...and then ask her to wave her wand to make those five years come more quickly!
Bibitty Bobbity Boo, indeed!
Don't forget to stop by Mama Kat's to read all the great responses!