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Imagine A World Without Mothers

Who would kiss your boo-boo and urge you to get back on your tricycle? Who would bake your favorite cupcakes for a school party, even though your birthday is in August? Who would read your favorite story over and over and still give funny voices to the characters? Who would show you that a woman could be stong and yet delicate all at once? Who would turn the refrigerator into your art gallery? Who would work at a job 24/7, where the only pay they ask for is love?

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

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Like Gloria Gaynor Said “I Will Survive”

Yikes! Has it really been so long?

Life just kind of kicked my butt. I had to move three times (four, if you count the two days I spent riding the subway, with no clue where I’d go) since I last posted. My mom and I lost our chance at the relationship we once had when she threw me out (while I had no income, and nowhere else to live). I was booted from a crafting website because I was very late to return a swap I was hosting (and once kicked out, I didn’t have a way to contact any of the participants for their address to mail them out). I felt like I not only lost my family, but my crafting community as well. I felt empty, like I was left with nothing and no one.

Luckily, I have a very kind ex-boyfriend who let me move in with him so I wasn’t homeless. It’s a weird day when your ex treats you better than your family does.

This post isn’t meant to be a ‘poor, poor pitiful me’ thread though. I’m writing this to talk about family. And while you can’t pick your relatives, you can surround yourself with supportive friends and create a family like none you’ve been given.

This series of dismal life events also taught me the true meaning of ‘there but for the grace of God go I’, because I was thisclose to being homeless and it was the scariest feeling in the world. I wasn’t any of the negative things people associate with homeless people- I wasn’t crazy, a drunk, or a junkie. I was just someone who had no money, no family support, and was just trying to go to college to better myself.

Even if you aren’t someone who prays, please take a moment to be thankful for what you have. I learned just how quickly life can go from great to horrible, and even then I was grateful for the little things… like the local Food Pantry, an emergency MetroCard (for the subway) from my school, and my ex rescuing me. And at least I still had my health (excluding the months of depression).

I apologize to those I have ignored or lost contact with. I was just trying to survive day-by-day these last months. I know, I know ‘excuses are like buttholes, we each have one and they all stink’. This isn’t meant as an excuse, just an apology.

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Lessons I Learned From Looking at Dogs

1) There will always be another dog, that you don’t get along with… avoid them when possible]

2) Smell everything before you eat it

3) We all like to hear praise when we do the right thing

4) If the cat really doesn’t wanna be caught, there’s nothing you can do about it

5)  Sometimes, it’s just fun to roll in the grass

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Kids Are Funny

Today, I was in Target, when I heard a little girl say “Mommy, I want this”. The mother looked at the toy her daughter was holding, “Honey, that’s an alphabet puzzle, you already know your ABCs”

“Yes,” replied the little girl, “But what if I want to know it always?”

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Awesome Window Display

This was in the window of a printing store. They do custom invitations and the like. I almost walked past the window, then froze when I realized what I was looking at…

This ‘wedding dress’ on the dressmaker’s form is made out of paper!

As someone who covets and hoards paper, I love this for a window display! And since the picture isn’t great, I’ll just say the paper was a light cream-colored, crepe paper.

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Richard Simmons, Paul Mitchell, and my Ponytail

When I was young, in the long-ago 1980s, Richard Simmons was one of my favorite TV personalities. He just seemed like fun– loud, but sweet and gentle, always offering up words of encouragement. 

At some point in the 2000s, he hosted a show called Dream Makers, where he would offer help to someone having a rough time. One episode featured a little girl with Alopecia, a disease characterized by loss of hair. This adorable little girl, (who of course, wanted to be just like everyone else) had a wig. The wig was made for an adult-sized head, so it would slip. She couldn’t swim in it, nor could she do much to style it. But it made her feel ‘normal’… untill one day, her wig slipped off, and the parents of her classmates laughed at her

Richard Simmons contacted a charity called Locks Of Love, who custom-made a hair prosthesis for the little girl. Hair prostheses are different from wigs, in that the prostheses attach to the scalp like a suction cup. A hair prosthesis can be worn while swimming and bathing, and can only be removed by breaking the suction at the temples…. so it does not slip of fall off accidently. 

The little girl got to choose her own hairstyle and color… and when she put on her prosthesis, she transformed instantly into ‘everyone else’. The sheer joy in this child’s face because she would no longer be mocked is hard to describe.  To me, hair is no big deal… but to see the true impact of hair, for someone who cannot grow any, is just amazing. 

Locks of Love uses only human hair, all of it donated, to make these prostheses. They also accept financial donations to defray the $3,500+ it costs to make a hair prosthesis. No child is turned away because the family cannot afford the cost. 

Here is their website: 

http://locksoflove.org/mission.html 

And here I am, looking to donate nearly 8 years worth of hair… 

gimme a head with Hair...

 

... long, beautiful Hair...

 

And the after pictures- 

Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen

 

Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer

 

I want to give an enormous round of applause, and a million thanks, to my friend Angie at the Paul Mitchell salon. I had no idea of a style or cut I wanted… just said ‘no bangs, and wash-and-wear’. She spent time really figuring out what my lifestyle was for my hair. Angie even had to teach me how to blow-dry my hair using a round brush (I am neither well-coordinated nor hair-savvy). 

Angie also mentioned that Paul Mitchell runs fundraisers throughout the year… a great haircut for a great cause. 

Just remember, something insignificant to you or I may mean all the difference in the world for someone else. Never underestimate the ways you can help another person. You don’t even have to be an adult to donate… Locks of Love estimates 80% of donated hair is from children wanting to help other children.

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I Have a Talent… No, It’s Not What You’d Think

I bleed well. The technician at my school’s blood drive told me I had a talent for filling up a ‘unit’ really quickly. I am now an ongoing donor. I can’t run a marathon for cancer, but my red cells and platelets can help someone who is on chemotherapy.

There is no way to create or manufacture platelets. They must come from a donor.

It takes about two hours (less for me, since I AM talented, after all LOL), and I am left with no bruise. Many people are afraid to donate, but its a really great thing to do for someone… and it doesn’t hurt (and I am a pain-baby)

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