A Tribute To A Trio Of Terrific Moms

I have been told over the years that there is nothing more powerful than the love a mother can have for her child.  We see it in all walks of life from mama bears protecting their young to moms who would do anything to ensure the happiness of their children.  It’s a strong love and one that I hope to experience some day.

For now, I choose to honor three of the most amazing mothers I have ever known.

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What I Learned From A Two-Year Old At SeaWorld

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Last week, seven adults took one two-year old to SeaWorld San Diego.

Even if the trainers don’t get into the water anymore, it’s still amazing to see a whale jump out of the water!

My nephew had never been to the place of Shamu and dolphin shows and he enjoyed every minute of it.  As his auntie, I learned a lot about what it takes to keep a munchkin happy and entertained during an all-day theme park adventure.

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The Wonderland Registry (June 2012)

It’s officially summertime in the Northern Hemisphere.  The June gloom clouds have finally parted to unveil beautiful, clear blue skies.  The nights are warmer and heavy blankets are no longer needed to keep you comfortable.  Songs of surfing and summer romance begin to pop up on the radio.  It’s a great time of year to get outside, enjoy some barbecue cookouts, and soak up some sun.  Provided you are wearing SPF of course.

It’s also time for the June edition of the Wonderland Registry.  So without further ado…

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Granting Wishes, Gaining Perspective

There is something to be gained when helping others.  You are introduced to people you might never meet and experience joy that you never knew was possible.  Despite always referring to my 20’s as the “selfish years,” I find the act of volunteering a great way to keep in touch with the human condition and remind others that there is still hope in a world where children torment their bus monitor.

When I finished grad school a few years ago, I was happy to have my life back.  No more weekends where I have to tell my friends I can’t hang out because I had to banish myself to the library.  It was time to regain my social life, rejoin the race of the non-studious, and have some fun.  And I knew just what I wanted to do: volunteer.

In high school, I was actively involved with Key Club run through the Kiwanis organization.  We did a lot of stuff in the community including library readings and delivering Thanksgiving meals to nursing homes.  It was a blast and it never really felt like I was sacrificing my time.  To find another organization to volunteer my time was not an easy task.  A lot of groups had weekly meetings that I could not attend because of work or were not accepting new volunteers.  Plus, I wasn’t even sure what type of organization I wanted to volunteer for.  There are so many causes out there (animals, diseases, poverty, violence, etc.) that I knew I had to start with who I wanted to help and go from there.

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If Life Was A Board Game… Oh Wait, It Is.

Who didn’t like game time as a kid?  There were so many classics: Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Monopoly, Sorry!, Trouble.  It was so much fun to sit around a table with classmates or family members and battle to see who would be the crowned the winner.  I secretly—well, maybe not so secretly—loved to be the one who had the last checker standing.  Charlie Sheen was really on to something when he kept spouting off about “Winning!” during his meltdown.  Though I’m sure his definition was quite different from having the best word score in Scrabble.

Board games have clear-cut rules and a concrete goal which, being a Type-A person, I love.  Everyone operates under the same clear path with the same guidelines.  No room for questions.  Whether you’re trying to sink your opponent’s battleship or solve the murder of Mr. Boddy (or Dr. Black for those not in North America), there are certain steps you must take to get to get to the end of the game.  Each game comes with directions that tell you how to set up the game, how to play, and how to win.

In the Game of LIFE, players spin the wheel and move to spaces that mark life events like graduation and marriage on their way to the Day of Reckoning where one could either end up at Millionaire Acres or the Poor Farm.  Land on a 3, move your card forward three spaces.  No more, no less.  You will collect a spouse and you may or may not collect children—each noted as blue or pink colored pegs riding along in your car game piece.

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