Well, I guess I’m a rather unconventional, conventional person. At least that’s what I’ve been told. In my past life, I didn’t have children. And my husband and I did things like frequent movies without cartoon characters, dined out at restaurants with candlelight instead of playground equipment and went on trips that required a passport rather than a minivan with a DVD player. And we (or really just I) had a dog-child named Theo. (But Theo is better saved for another post!)
I went to a big Texas college (Gig ’em Aggies), got married and then we moved to a big Texas city to start our life. From there, we proceeded to live the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Well not quite, but we did enjoy making our way in the world together! I zealously devoted my life to my position as an elementary school teacher and my husband got busy climbing the corporate ladder. After 12 years of big city fun and traveling with our passports, it was time to reset our priorities.
We left behind the big city and the corporate job, moving back to my small Texas hometown and both of our families. My biological clock ticked away as we worked night and day starting our own business. At the age of 36, I gave birth to our first baby. At age 39, I gave birth to baby number two.
Today we are your average family, living in a charming Texas small-town, in a great 1950’s neighborhood located on the hill directly above our town park. Yes, the same town park my grandparents took my mother to when she was a child. And the same park my mother later took my two older sisters (above) and me to when we were little girls.
I am a homeschooling Mom who is endeavoring to give my children the nostalgic life-style I knew as a child. Endeavoring is the key word; many days are just a chaotic mess!
But we do spend much of our time in our big back yard, feeding the ducks at the park and visiting our local library.
That all sounds pretty darn conventional, right? I guess, I’ll let you be the judge of the whole “unconventional” label.
Book Note: The Paper Bag Princess
This book was given to me many years ago in a book exchange. I was told by the book giver that she thought I shared sweet little Princess Elizabeth’s feisty, “nobody will walk on me” personality. Yikes, I hope that was a compliment!
So what about you? Would you consider yourself a conventional or unconventional person?