Sunday, April 6, 2014

April Nostalgia


So…

I have a myriad of thoughts going on this month. I always get nostalgic around my birthday, where I reflect on the past year with what I’ve learned, where I am, if I’m proud of how I’ve grown, what I wish I could be better at, what I hope to accomplish in this NEXT year/etc.

It’s strange getting older. I remember when being born in the 80's didn't seem that long ago. Now I’m living in a world where kids don’t know what cassette tapes are or kids freak out when they hear we didn’t have cell phones in high school…

There are so many things I miss right now. Moments in my life that I wish I could go back and relive. But at the same time I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and I want to look forward with hope and accomplish the new goals I’ve set for myself.

But just to sum up where my mind is now, I wanted to document a few things:


Of all the places I’ve traveled, this is still where my mind resides:




I miss dancing passionately, but I can still do this:



I miss when I could read without critiquing every word. Stories like this:



I miss being able to eat all the sugar cereals in the world, without curling up in stomach pain afterwards:




I miss days where I could spend hours in my backyard doing nothing but eating popsicles and playing with my imaginary friends. (Did I just admit that?)



And lastly, I miss when I didn’t have any fear. I loved the feeling of knowing I could do anything and not fail. (Something I’m trying to get back)


It’s spring break, so hubby and kids will be home all next week. I’m nearing the end of my current WIP, so hopefully with everyone home I’ll still be able to keep pushing out the words! :) Usually when I get to the end of a project, I rush trying to JUST BE DONE, but I’m taking my time. I want to make sure I do this story RIGHT.

Red. Head. Out.

44 comments:

  1. As your Birthday Nears may I wish you a Happy One. It is a time for reflection and looking back at innocence and fun. And WoW can you stretch!! God Bless.

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  2. I would miss eating the cereal! I wait till the kids go to sleep and eat a bowl as a snack!
    Have fun with your family home and enjoy it/

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  3. I used to eat Sugar Pops plain as a snack. I once did that leg lift -- but that was an effect of a car accident! Enjoy the moment. Looking back robs you of the beauty of the present. And then, you will find yourself wishing to go back and live the moment you missed. Happy Early Birthday. :-)

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  4. I adore you, Morgan.
    And it's interesting that the longer I write, the more time I take with each project.
    ENJOY getting those words down :-D You only get to see them first, once ;-)

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  5. Hi Morgan .. it's always good to reflect and boy have you done lots and dealt with lots and now those four little ankle biters will keep you and hubby happy for many a year to come ... Have a very happy birthday and life does get better in a funny way ... with lots of interests that pop up and ideas that we can follow through ..

    Life is fascinating and just keep enjoying it - good luck with keeping writing and it will get done - have a lovely Spring break next week at home en famille .. cheers Hilary

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  6. Happy birthday! There is so much that we loose as we grow, you named some of them. But there is so much we gain. Our children's arms around our neck as they whisper 'I love you'. The wisdom to do the things we did wrong the first time differently.

    I could never do that with my leg though, and someday I hope to be able to walk through a doorway without running into the doorjamb.

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  7. Happy birthday!
    Is that really your leg? Is it still attached?
    The days of wasting endless hours playing video games. Wait, I can still do that...

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  8. Happy birthday. The days of not having a care in the world were sure nice. Peggy's cove you say, that is like 30 minutes away from my bay haha

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  9. Happy Birthday month! It's funny I don't get nostalgic around my birthday, but I do get nostalgic around other's peoples birthday!

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  10. I always get nostalgic around my birthday too. I've finally taken steps to move back to the place where my mind resides. It hasn't been easy so far, but I feel like I'm making progress. (and wow, you're flexible!)

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  11. Oh wow, that's pretty impressive! I'm not flexible at all, I can't even touch my toes without bending my legs.

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  12. I was an only child, so I had a lot of imaginary friends. Many of them were animals.

    I miss doing cartwheels and front flips. It's been so long, I just don't think my body would handle either right this minute.

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  13. I miss when I could read without critiquing every word...THIS. This is me. It's kind of a sad result of becoming a writer. :(

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  14. I want to visit that seashore...and be nostalgic about that :O)

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  15. I still have some cassettes! Nostalgia is great.

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  16. Ah, cassettes... I have loads stored away somewhere in the back of a cupboard... and you are sooo flexible... wow!

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  17. There are lots of things to be missed, and always will be, but it's great to have cell phones, computers and busy days! It's nice, though, to reflect on where we've been and where we want to go. Enjoy Spring break and your family... and congrats on getting near the end of your WIP! Writer’s Mark

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  18. You know, I do not miss cassette tapes. At all. I do miss the days of CDs, though.
    And Peanut Butter Captain Crunch. These days, it just tastes sweet, and I've discovered I don't like the taste of sweet.

    Where's that lighthouse? That's awesome.

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  19. I hate to scare you, but there seems to be a severed leg next to your head. LOL. Yes, there are so many things I miss, but each year does bring new experiences and seeing my kids carve their own lives is really cool.

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  20. Hey Morgan, hope you have a very Happy Birthday (wherever it may fall) and I know -exactly- what you mean. Even though they probably weren't, really, all that "simple" the times of our youth always seem like a good place we can go to be safe....especially in today's world.

    Great sentiments and I found myself nodding along with each sentence.

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  21. Definitely take your time - it'll be worth it! Maybe you'll even let me read it??? Pretty please?? ;)

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  22. I know that nostalgic feeling - I get it now and then, and definitely miss a lot about my younger years. I was just thinking on the way to work today about the outfit I was wearing on the last day of high school. haha.

    (I was born in 1980) (and I have never been able to do that with my leg, except maybe when I was a baby :P )

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  23. Morgan, is that seriously your own leg up next to your face? Not just a fake mannequin leg? Cuz girl, that is seriously flexibility. You are amazing.

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    1. LOL, Julie! I promise it's my leg--took that picture just a few weeks ago! Laughing! I've lost a lot of my other flexibility though. Breaks my heart.

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  24. Happy Birthday when it comes. Going forward despite fear can be just as powerful as being fearless. I want to get you something! Maybe a book from The Book Depository or something. We all miss something from the past but like Dumbledore said we can't live in dreams/the past (or something like that).

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  25. Happy Birth-month, darling! I hope you find some little way to celebrate that you are the amazing, beautiful, super, incredible, sweet, crazy you each day of this month. And though I wish there are things I'd have done smarter, I wouldn't go back and change them as they've made me who I am today. Without the hard lessons and the even one of the bad decisions, I wouldn't have a relationship with God, I wouldn't have my husband, my son wouldn't be here. I love who you are and I'm glad you can't go back and change anything...otherwise, that might mean I wouldn't know you, either!! Hugs!

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  26. Happy-a-birthday! I totally get this post. It's spring break here too and, man, I'd love to have a spring break. A vacation in general would be splendid! You're awesome, Morg. Keep going! :)

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  27. Hey, I can do that too. Hold my beer...

    As a child of the 80s I too know this odd feeling of nostalgia. You know, of having to make calls on house phones to ask a girl out, and praying her parents didn't answer first. That was always so awkward. Kids have it so easy with cellphones now.

    I look forward to the future, and I try my best to live fearlessly. The past was great, but the best is still yet to come.

    Happy birthday!

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  28. Happy birthday!

    I was born at the tail end of '79, and now feel fairly ancient myself. The world I was born into has become the stuff of history to young people nowadays, and I'm old enough to be the mother of the newest crop of undergrads at the student religious center I go to. Even though I'm a student myself, I'm growing more keenly aware of my nontraditional age, and how every year, I get a lot older than the undergrads. At least there are a few other grad students within a reasonable span of my age to be my peers.

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  29. Love it:) Born in the 80s myself, every time I ask someone about what it felt like to grow up then, I almost always get the same answer..."confusing." The adults dressed funny and didn't know what was happening half the time, so kids like us were even more perplexed...and maybe still are;)

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  30. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. These are beautiful reflections. Wait, you mean cassette tapes aren't still a thing?

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  31. I miss a lot of that stuff too. I also miss being able to sit down and read a good book for hours on end with no guilt or shame. Nothing else to claim my attention. But I also love my life the way it is now. It's a complex mix of emotion... :)

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  32. Hah, I used to eat all of those sugary cereals, too! Lately I've made a conscious effort to cut back on my sugar intake. I found a breakfast cereal at the store that boasts only 1g of sugar. It tastes like you're eating the cardboard box. First day, I had to add a whole banana and a handful of blueberries (so much for 1g of sugar), but the more I eat it, the more I'm actually getting used to it. And craving sugary foods much less.
    Birthdays are a good time to look back and reflect. Have a happy birthday and vacation week with the kiddies at home, and good luck with that story ending!

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  33. I miss ice cream trucks, reading classic books, and so much more--things that remind me of the 80s and 90s--and there's so much I still want to do in life.

    Happy birthday to you.

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  34. Happy birthday month. :) I'm working on fear of failure too. Is there anything harder?

    I hope you enjoy the last stretch of your WIP!

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  35. Aw, I totally hear you on almost all of those things (I've never been able to lift my leg over my head LOL :p )

    If I lived near you, I'd take you away for a day so we could eat popsicles and discuss those days when people didn't have cellphones!

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  36. Happy Birthday to you! And enjoy those pop sicles. And imaginary friends. Hey, it's YOUR birthday.

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  37. I still have fear, but I think I'm braver in my fear than I was when I was younger. I care less about some things than I did. This is a great post.

    Except being fat. I still hate that.

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  38. Happy Birthday! (Whenever it is :) ) I know exactly how you feel. I'm going through that thought process right now being here in Colorado, transitioning from city life to, what, mountain life? :-D All of those past experiences made you who you are today! Keep moving forward!

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  39. Happy Birthday. :-)

    I know exactly what you mean about reading without critiquing. Ever since I've learned how to edit, I've been unable to turn it off entirely.

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  40. I love the look of your blog! Lovely.

    I will turn 50 this year which is really giving me pause for reflection and thought of where I want to go from here. I miss not having the courage of my dreams-- some how they got lost in life. I will find them again! :)

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  41. LOVE THIS NEW BLOG. Holy bananas, it's splendiferous! LOVE IT. And yes, I finished reading Edenbrooke last night (which I loved), but I couldn't help wishing it wasn't a library book so I could scratch out unnecessary phrases or make comments on how cheesy it was sometimes. Ha. Still--Philip. Sigh. Kept me wishing I could come up with dialogue like that!

    I find myself longing for past times, mostly with my grandparents lately, where I would spend summer days there and eat grilled cheese sandwiches and spend time watching old movies while my mom and grandma pieced quilts together or getting hugs from my grandpa every time I stopped by. Nostalgia!

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  42. Happy belated birthday. May I ask where the lighthouse picture was taken?

    I miss being able to get up without waiting for my knees to function. (Darn arthritis.)

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  43. OLD? HA! Wait to you hit my age! Then lets talk... but sadly, I'll most likely be in an old age home. LOL. Nah, not me... NEVER... I have eternal youth. At least I convince myself of that.

    Man, do I wish I can live certain parts of my life over... I guess we all do. One BIG one... I would've NEVER left NYC. My truest regret. And one other... trusting the holistic doctor who crippled me for over a decade. Ah, well, that's life.

    YAY for April Birthdays! Your is in just a few days if I'm not mistaken... at least I hope I'm not.

    Spring was in the air today in Chicago. I just wish the winds would end...

    The Bahamas was lovely, but I never had a free second to myself. Talk about a demanding client. Jeez. But at least I was in the sun for a almost a week, although we had rain for the last two days.

    LD.. I can SOOO relate with the arthritis thing...at least I can still get off the floor. LOL.

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