Monday, December 26, 2016

Have You Read................

Have you read my two published children's books yet?  If not, please visit Amazon where you can find Hammy's New Home and If I Were A Duck to purchase for your Kindle or order a hard copy.

I'm proud of my accomplishments this year and look forward to publishing a few more children's books in the year 2017.  

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Don't Snoop!!!

Ever year before Christmas, I would give my mom a Christmas list and because she was so kind and generous, she strived to get my sister and I what we wanted. She would wrap the gifts and place them under the tree and I would always sit in front of the tree looking at gifts to see which ones had my name on the tag but usually never touching or shaking.

Except one year.

One Christmas was a bad Christmas for me. I snooped. And I guessed.

First, I stumbled upon the work bench with tools that my grandfather had built for me because I loved to shadow him and “help” and learn while he built and fixed things. UGH I was devastated. My sister and uncle were with me and we all promised to keep it quiet because we didn't want to hurt grandpa's feelings.

Then, I decided to pick up the gifts under the tree with my name tag and shake them and try to guess what my mom bought for me. I never did that. And shouldn't have. I guessed she bought me a crimping iron (yes I used to crimp my hair!!....when it was “in”) and I guessed that she got me the doll I had been begging for.

I was pretty disappointed but got over it. Until Christmas day. I opened my gifts and felt awful because there was no surprise and even worse because my mom thought I was surprised when I really knew all along what was inside of those packages.

I held onto the beautiful doll I asked for, and then I went upstairs to my room and cried. My family couldn't figure it out. I am not sure if I told them but to this day I feel awful.

From that day on, I never (even now) looked under the tree at my gifts until it was time to open.