Welcome to another Flashback Friday in the world of Brandy Ellen. This house is something else, I tell ya, I’ve grown to have a better sense of humor about life, parenthood, and everything in between over the years.
I’ve learned that life is too short to do anything other than live for today! We’re not guaranteed tomorrow and yesterday has already gone. I do my best to feel grateful for where today has landed me because let’s face it, we all have crappy things that occurred in our past but we are right here, right now!
I hope you enjoy a little bit of my humor and such from the week past living with my spouse, two teens, and a preteen in this beautiful state of New Hampshire.
Back in my younger days, before I became a mother, I was a math genius. I loved math so much and it was my favorite subject. I loved math so much that I took two years of accounting type courses in high school level and later on attended online college for two years to try to get my Business Management Degree with a focus on Accounting.
Fast forward to current times, I have given birth to three kids and it seems each has taken a little piece of my brain. The trio is now 17, 13, and 11 but much faster than I am with math. That’s why I frequently ask them for their quick assistance with math.
Such as this one time last week when I went grocery shopping with my oldest. I always add the grocery items up, so I know what my total amount is throughout the store. I add this in my head and have to continuously repeat the total in my head to ensure I don’t forget.
Well, that means whoever is with me during this trip gets the privilege of adding numbers for me. I was at the total amount of around $37 and I was debating purchasing something that was $9. Instead of trying to quickly add those numbers, I asked my oldest.
My oldest just gave me this blank stare, like why in the world can’t you add 9 to 37, it’s a simple addition problem. I laughed and told her because if I add 9 to 37 then I’ll forget whatever number I started with to subtract 9 from again if I don’t get this item.
Well, that “dumb” comment got me a long blank stare with a grin that told me I had to do my own math problem. I did it, quickly, and then as predicted forget the number I started with when I decided against adding that $9 item into our grocery cart.
I’ve gone from math genius to math failure.
Being Sick of Congestion
I started having some odd vertigo-like symptoms for a bit. I was so damn dizzy for gosh, maybe three days or so? I couldn’t do anything except lay down. To walk or to move in any way was painful. The room was spinning, and it made me throw up if I tried to walk.
I cried. I pouted. I started to get scared. Then it lifted.
While the vertigo-like symptoms disappeared I still continued to have some congestion that has just continued to linger on for about 2 plus weeks now. This turned into my spouse getting sick, the oldest getting sick, and now as I type this our youngest son is sick.
I’m not quite sure what this sickness is, but it’s full of itchy eyes, runny nose, some stomach aches, 100-degree temp, and cough with a sore throat. It comes and stays for what seems like forever now!
This sickness has made it more difficult to work, my brain is foggy and I haven’t slept well in about two weeks.
Snobby Looks at Walmart
Speaking of being sick, I swear I contracted whatever it is that our family is passing around from a trip to Walmart, but whatever, it happens to the best of us. With that being said, one night my oldest and I ventured into Walmart to get some grocery and household needs purchased.
We had a fun time, me being overtired means I act “like a child” according to my oldest and so there was laughter and fun to be had. When we got into the checkout lane, we were smiling and laughing all the while chatting about life and other subjects to pass the time while we waited to get checked out.
I happened to look up and there was this older lady behind us. She was wearing a long fancy coat with a beautiful scarf, and she seemed to be just a regular older person, that is until I realized she was looking down her nose at my oldest child and me. The looks!
In the past, this would have made me upset, teary-eyed and all, but you know what? I’ve been through hell and back with a degrading man, so I don’t let people look down at me anymore or make me feel something I don’t want to feel. I gave that lady a nice scowl and dirty look right back!
She quickly looked down at her papers and moved backward to the front of her cart, instead of standing at the end of her cart closest to my kid. She never looked up from that paper, I know, because I kept a half an eye on her to ensure she didn’t go looking all snobbish at us again.
For the first time in my life, I was ready to aim and fire that middle finger at her. I didn’t. I know that would probably just prove whatever she was judging us about to be true, and of course, it’s inappropriate to do that.
We had a good laugh and conversation about this older woman after the fact though, I mean who stands there in Walmart looking down their nose to someone else? Lady, you’re in Walmart too! 😀
Okay so there’s that, the Friday Flashback of our math genius story, being sick, and dealing with the snobby public. You know, you can’t please everyone so just remember you have the right to dress how you want, live how you feel, and be who you are regardless of what anyone else says or thinks.
We live in the free world of America, where we get to have our freedom so as long as we’re not harming anyone else! Remember that the next time you catch yourself looking down your nose to someone who may not dress how you feel they should or look “less than” you, a book cannot be judged by its cover.
We’re all in this together, let’s empower each other and if you can’t? Then just don’t say anything at all. I hope you enjoyed my Flashback Friday post where I share a weekly recap of events happening in my world.
I’d love to hear what happened this week over in your neck of the woods – do share in a comment below!