MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #12

So over on Wife of a Sailor, Wife posts questions for other bloggers to answer on their own military spouse blogs. (Still with me so far?) And since I spent most of my evening talking to a fab teacher and a DOCTOR OF EDUCATION pondering my future as an educator, I thought this might be fun to fill out while wondering if I could actually teach preschool.

1. The best thing my parents taught me to do when I was a child was…

… be close to my cousins. I have dozens of cousins from both sides of the family ranging from forty to sixty-five years old! My brother and I (both of us are in our mid-thirties) are the youngest so we’ve got second cousins (or “nieces” and “nephews” as our family calls second cousins) who are just a month younger than my brother and that generation has started to have children of their own. Needless to say, I can’t remember everyone’s names all the time because then you grow up with your cousins’ cousins but family parties are always loud and will fill you up with lots of food and spirits!

2.However, one thing I wish they did differently was…

… make me stick with piano lessons. Junior high happened and I wanted to quit. They basically said okay. Later after high school did I realize that had I continued I probably would have been able to attend college on a music scholarship. On a related note, also when I was in junior high, I was offered a full-ride scholarship by our church to go to the city’s Catholic high school for girls but my parents said no because of transportation. It was on the other side of town but most of my family lived there and I could have been dropped off. Coulda shoulda woulda, right?

So now I’m in a dilemma with our oldest who I just found out today has been selected to register with the official USA gymnastics league or whatever it is so he can start competing! Like I just found out tonight and it is so late I haven’t called R to let him know because he’s asleep so after the two teachers I talked to, y’all are the first to know! He DOES NOT want to compete and I don’t want to make him do it if he doesn’t want to; on the other hand, I don’t want him to have any regrets like I kinda do about how some things could have turned out differently, ya know? I don’t know. I need to hear your opinions. Be nice though. Thanks.

3.One thing I’ve always wanted to try but haven’t is…

… scuba diving. I’ve always wanted to learn, especially because my high school chemistry teacher was so expressive and content whenever he talked about his adventures in the Monterey Bay. My husband was talking about trying it out with a friend out in Virginia Beach but held back because of money issues. I told him he HAD to do it because when will he ever get the chance to scuba dive in the Chesapeake? Also, then I could learn and then we could go together.

4. One thing I never thought I’d try but I have is…

… trying to lose weight after weight gain. I’m happy that I’ve never given up on myself. Thomas Edison said, “I haven’t failed; I found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” I don’t know what it is about quotes lately but finding out that others have been in similar situations makes my dilemma a lot less stressful.

5. If I could give my 16-year-old self one piece of advice I’d tell myself…

… to quit being so self-conscious, especially when it comes to clothes. I’d say, “GIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRRL, puh-leeze wear as many things as you can that you think MIGHT make you look fat because you’ll regret not dressing like a ho-bag while you had the chance and the body have fewer choices when you get older.”

A walked into the gym and declared, "I'm going to get on the balance beam first."

Your turn!

4 thoughts on “MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #12

  1. Scuba diving is definitely on my list too! I had the opportunity to get certified and didn’t and I am kicking myself now!

    I don’t have kids, so take this with a grain of salt, but I would have him stick with it. I desperately wish my parents had made me stick with anything.

  2. I haven’t scuba dived but I’ve done a lot of snorkeling since being in Hawaii and that is amazing so I can only imagine how awesome actually diving would be! Love your last one. If only we could go back to that body we always thought was fat. If only we had known lol.

  3. Scuba diving is a real blast! I learned to dive in Monterey, CA, and it is still -many years later- is one of my favorite dive spots… Go for it!

    Regarding the #2, I understand the dilemma with your son’s gymnastics competitions. As I mentioned in my MilSpouse posting, I would have loved to have my parents pushing me a bit harder on some things. However, it is very thin ice that parents are walking on with things like this. It all may turn out to be great, a child learns to enjoy competitions and doing that extra mile on top his/her best. But on the other hand, a child may also hate the activity, and consequently the parents’ well-meaning ways to encourage them to participate.
    I might think about encoraging the child to practice gymnastics, and the desire to compete may come along once he gets self-confidence and hones the skills more and more…

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