Still relatively new to Arizona. I have lived on both coasts...I may be working my way inward now. :) I am the mom of a pretty awesome 17-year-old boy (though at this point he would wig out on my saying boy, kid or anything less than teenager) and the wife of a very amazing man. I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to love, and isn't that really where the blessings count the most? I like to watch people and often I like to comment. I also enjoying helping people, but I kind of get saddened by seeing the same person always in the same boat.
"My neighbor has a bumper sticker that reads: "Remember Who You Wanted To Be". Did you grow up to be who you always wanted to be as a child?"
So I was thinking about childhood, and I was thinking about blogging about it. Somehow I got off track. This is something that I am guilty of quite often. While off track I found a little blog place called mindbump. I saw this question and thought that I might as well answer it since it is still about childhood.
Did I grow up to be who I always wanted to be as a child? In part, yes. I grew up. That was my main goal. And also I wanted to be a mom some day. I am. That is the best thing about having grown up is having this awesome child of mine named Alex.
When I think of who I wanted to be I think of several things. The first is what I may have wanted to be when I grew up. So I will go there now.
I had mild goals as a child. I was a child who enjoyed fantasy and pretend play. I actively imagined being what I wanted to be, and during that imaginative play, I got to be those people or experience those occupations. I wanted to be one of Charlies Angels. I didn't have a particular one in mind. My friends and I would run about in the woods and fight imaginary villains. That was pretty fulfilling to my 8 or 9-year-old mind. Did I grow up to be some sexy secret detective...nope. Playing it out as a child pretty much met that desire though. I also pretended to be a puppy, kitten, and a bird. I am pretty glad that I didn't grow up to be any of those.
Now for who I am. I do not think that as a child I thought very much of WHO. I know I certainly did not aspire to be a jerk. I aspired to be someone my family could be proud of. It was a long road to 41, and I have been through some pretty tough times. They have made me who I am...a strong woman with a soft heart. A woman who has seen enough sides of the road to empathise with most anyone. I am a lover of people. I enjoy laughing and laughter. I am trusting and kind. I am also fiercely loyal and protective. I think little Kelly would be pretty happy with me.
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What there is of it anyway. I am a person who is consistent only in the fact that I am consistently changing. I am a happy wife and mother. I have been blessed with an amazing son and an amazing husband. They both are quite generous in their love for me, and they both enjoy me for the oddball I can be. I am rich in my life and my experiences. I am not rich in the wallet, but you can't take it with you anyway...so I'll have nothing to miss. :)