Wish it So

A melting pot of realities

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Wigged

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It’s so strange to feel anxious about something I’ve loved so dearly.

This place was so instrumental in getting me through some tough moments.

But when I start a post now, I can only think about how there may be people reading who may not like the content.

And it’s weird that I care. Because by nature, I’m not really a people pleaser and I try to march to the beat of my own drum.

I guess what I’m saying is, who else has experienced this and how does Stella iomay get her groove back?

You know, without the weird teenage-like feelings.


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The “what if” spiral

I sometimes wonder what my life would be like if my parent’s deaths had happened differently or not at all.

Would I have mommy issues if I hadn’t gotten to know my mother more as an adult?

Would my dad have been able to raise three girls after losing his best friend?

Would I have been the mom I am today without the nearly 25 years of mothering from my sweet momma?

Would my dad have pushed me to go to college?

If they both were alive, what kind of person would I actually be today? Would I be less sympathetic to the loss of others? Would I have pursued more passions or chased more dreams? Would I be a better person?

I know it’s crazy. I do. But sometimes when I’m feeling incredibly alone, I spiral into a series of “what ifs”.

But the things that bring me back. That ground me. My girls. My husband. My friends. My coworkers.

A list of things and people, are what I know. And what I know, who I know.. Those are concrete things that I can hold on to when I’m spiraling beyond control.


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Pink stuff

Today at the store, Carrigan and I walked by nesquick strawberry milk. I ended up walking back and purchasing some to share with CG.

You see, it was calling to me. Calling to my nostalgic side!

I got in the car and immediately guzzled half of it. It reminded me of all the times my mom packed hot strawberry milk in my thermos. By lunchtime it was lukewarm.

Honestly, it’s still my favorite way to drink it (warm). Not so much for the taste but for the sweet memory of my mom packing my lunch and sending me off to school in the mornings.

I miss my parents and I wish they were here to tell me what their most cherished memories of childhood were. But I’m grateful for the bits I’ve got to hold on to.

….until the next little trigger.


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Feeling it

One of the more challenging things I’ve faced as a parent is accepting that my child will have feelings or emotions that I don’t understand. Specifically because she wasn’t affording me the chance to understand them.

In recent years, I’ve been of the mindset that children should not be asked to stop crying or being upset. This is aimed at real viable emotions and not, manipulative ones.

By manipulative, I mean the “I’m crying because I want something irrational and you’re not giving in”.

By viable, I mean the “I’m crying because something I saw or experienced is upsetting me”.

When I know C is genuinely upset or when I’m in an iffy stage where I can’t gauge it, I tell her that it’s perfectly acceptable to cry. I ask her to let me know when she’s ready to talk about it.

It’s really important to me that she be allowed the same freedom I’m afforded in respect to emotions. It’s also important to me that those feelings be validated appropriately.

This weekend my mother-in-law was joking about gobbling up B’s cheeks. C became visibly upset and said, “I don’t want you to eat her. That my baby sister!”

She then followed it up with, “Nana, that hurt my feelings”.

Her statement startled us both. It was one if few times where she’s really advocated for herself in that way.

It gave us an opportunity to acknowledge that to her, the situation was not ok. It also gave us an opportunity to explain that nana was teasing. She was trying to be funny.

As important as it is to validate the feeling. It’s important to explain the situation and how it appeared to us. That way, in the future, she has the opportunity to assess the situation and say “hey, it’s just a joke”.

Yesterday she made a similar statement regarding my tone (she wanted to look in the fridge). It gave me the chance to acknowledge that the tone I used wasn’t okay. It wasn’t yelling but it was clipped like I was upset.

In reality, I was unnecessarily annoyed by the request. Nothing had changed in the fridge contents since she’d looked an hour prior to that.

So you see, it’s a learning opportunity in so many ways. One that I’m pretty grateful for.


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Bachelor Girl

I recently got a kindle and discovered that I could borrow books from my local library.  As well as I can borrow from the amazon lending library.  I will say that I’m not completely sold on e-books and prefer an actual book in my hands.

I love the smell of books, the weight of it and the memories they seem to bring back.  Not that the kindle hasn’t.

Truth be told, this post is inspired by a memory.  A memory of me making my first online purchase, on amazon no less.  I used my dad’s debit card.  It arrived to the UPS location that is nearby and they couldn’t deliver it to our house because a shipping error had occurred – they didn’t have our house number!  What?!

I was at a friend’s house for a sleepover and I begged my father to go to the UPS location and pick it up.  He obliged because I’m pretty sure he thought I would have an anxiety attack otherwise.

My first online purchase was Bachelor Girl by Roger Lea MacBride.  It’s the “Rose” years series – an extension of the Ingalls books. I was obsessed with those books and the lifestyle.  For a long time I would dream up a future where my family and I would “settle” far out in the woods and live off the land.  To this day, there are aspects of that life that call to me.

I’m sure it is hard for people to imagine me doing so, given that I am so “addicted” to the technology around me.  But I love the idea behind it.  Unless I learn how to keep a garden alive, it will just be an idea.

Anyway, what are you all reading?  Any recommendations?

[Edit:  The kindle is an early Christmas gift from Adam.  A co-worker of mine found a deal on it that was almost too good to pass up.  I nearly did pass it up but Adam stated that if I did not buy it at the "deal price" then he would buy it at full price and I would be even more upset about that!]

[Extra Edit:  I'm still hoping he makes me something like he did last year.  That was my favorite gift out of all the gifts he has ever gotten me :)]


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There has been this “craze” all over facebook.  Providing people with a certain number of things to share, about themselves, that others may not know.  I accidentally liked a friend’s status (I liked the items she listed) and I was assigned the number thirteen.  I didn’t want to keep it going and since I share so much already, I thought maybe the people of the internet already knew all there is to know about me.

But I’m an over sharer and decided to go forward with it.

1.  I grew up thinking I was adopted

2.  I’ve had many nicknames:  maya, pecosa, flaca, mei mei and Iomy.  Those are the nice ones ;)

3.  I weighed 95 lbs and under, all through school.  When I graduated I started putting on weight.  At 115lbs I thought I was pretty heavy.  It didn’t help that I had a friend who made me feel like I was.  I now realize I wasn’t and that not all friendships are destined to last forever.

(BTW – I don’t know why I weighed so little)

4. I’m no longer 115 lbs.

5. My mom used to ask me if I’d just eaten parakeet food during extreme hyper moments. I was hyper a lot.

6. I actually have tried bird food.

7. A friend and I once called the white out company as a prank. We got some sort of voicemail system and alluded to us being high off of white out. We weren’t high. We then felt guilty, called back, and left a message stating it was a prank.

8. I’m notoriously bad at pranking.

9. I don’t like lying to people. I find it best to just go ahead and be honest. Which has gotten me in trouble on more than one occasion.

10. I’m also terrible at talking to people about situations so the honesty comes out like bitchy douchebagery.

11. I live my life wanting not to care about things and pretend not to. I can often times be found having a good cry over the things “I don’t care about”.

12. I’m not an easy person to be friends with. I break plans, I don’t call, I always want to be right, I like things my way, etc.

13. Flip side, I care a lot about those friends I’m closest to. I worry about them like they’re my “blood”. I include them in the well wishes and positive energy I send Into the world. I love them tremendously.

So if you want to share in the comments, do. If you don’t, well…don’t :)


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Let’s meet in the middle?

I’ll start off by saying that I think it’s really important to know what kind of parent you want to be. It’s also equally important to have that discussion with your partner.

That being said, try to understand that those ideas may change a little once you’re actually a parent. They also may not change at all.

It’s okay to have an opinion on how your friend parents their child. I believe this will help shape who you become as a parent. You just don’t always have to share it. And even once you are a parent, you don’t necessarily have to share your opinion on how a friend interacts with their child.

I find myself stopping a lot more now from sharing my advice. What works for one may not work for the other. I have to continuously acknowledge that.

I do enjoy commentary on shared experiences. The difference is, you’re not telling someone how to do it. You’re telling them, “Hey! You’re not alone” and this is what happened to me (insert xyz). This way, there is support and a collection of ideas that you could take something away from or you can choose to leave it.

I considered what I wanted out of being a parent (aside from the obvious) but also who I wanted to be and how I wanted to express that. I decided on the kind of human I wanted to take part of this world and thought about what actions or values would best cultivate that person.

I’ll say that, I have stuck fairly close to those initial ideals and I’ve fluctuated when my actions have been ineffective and where my expectations for that human were too high (at this stage).

Being a parent is a very large task that most people don’t take lightly. Consider that when you’re forming opinions and ideas.

Don’t let yours be the “end all be all” of knowledge.

(Also nobody has given me advice recently. I’ve just got my wheels turning as usual)

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