Sunday, January 25, 2009

I guess, assignment

As you will hopefully read below, this was an assignment for counseling many years ago.
not many of us hear good things about ourselves
or we don't allow ourselves to hear the good things said to us.
I'd like to try this again, with your help!
To see what you have to say about me.
How I've grown and changed since the sickness of the past nine years.

A couple years ago...
I found my way across the poppy fields.
Straight to the Emerald City to visit Oz,
and to get a huge dose of courage.
I have made a huge transformation and hope you have seen it too!

If you are a friend visiting my blog, please email and tell me and tell me who I am.
When I get your response:
I promise to shut Ed in the closet and really hear what you are saying to me.
It will feel amazing to realize who I am through your eyes
and to not always have Ed telling otherwise.

Thank you in advance if you are willing to do this for me. I love you!

I guess, if you say so...

I was cleaning the other day and found some old material/assignments from when I went to counseling. It was to ask friends and family what they thought of me since my perspective was impaired. Of course reading the comments then was like, "whatever" or "what are they thinking" that's not me. I never really saw me for me. Even now, it can be hard to see myself as how they described me. Some days are great and some days are not so great. I'm kinda having a not so great day. Nothing in particular, but I just feel a little down is all. So, I thought I'd dig out those papers again and let you know what others see in me as I'm having difficulty seeing myself as anything nice.

I don't know where to start...But, how about even before you were born...I had always wanted to be a when I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl, all of my dreams came true...And you continue to fulfill my dreams...with the beautiful and intelligent young woman that you are today...Don't ever sell yourself short...your talents and abilities are never ending...Let me see just where do I about a content made it so easy for me to learn how to become a mom and your dad was ever so fascinated with your tiny fingers and toes...he was always looking at you...with great pride in his eyes...Everywhere we went with you...people would stop us just to look at you and to comment on what a beautiful baby we had...And as I remember people would offer to buy you...Not a chance...You were and still are our pride and joy
As you grew you were always so helpful...and when you became a big became an outstanding little mother. And that carried through into your babysitting seemed to be the most sought out babysitter in Medford. Not only were you loved by the kids you cared for...but by their parents as well.
You are a fun loving person...i remember so many times you and I laughed until we cried...and the ability to make people happy and bringing them laughter is not a quality that comes easily to everyone...
Don't let me forget empathy for others...I don't think I will ever forget how you cared for my mother when she was dying of and I made many trips to the cities and back...throughout grandma's illness, you were always willing to go with me and you were never afraid of what you might see. You combed grandma's hair...put make-up on her...did her nails, anything to make her feel better...and anything to let her know you loved her...Thank You...And you followed suit with great grandma Olson when she entered the nursing home...always combing her hair and wheeling her about the halls and making friends...what would I have done without you...Thank You Again...And not to mention your cat mittens who loved yo so much she had her kittens in your sleeping bag while you that shows intense Love and Trust...And the intense caring and love you showed to your dog Kibbles...I'm sure Kibbles is one of your guardian angles...
And not to mention best friend...Sandy you and I have shared many feelings and experiences together...and how special it is to have a bond with someone you know you can tell anything to...and know that person can be trusted with whatever feelings or secrets they have shared with one another.
You are an adventurer, conquering many great challenges...moving to California, so far away from home and to become a mother to four small children who had a mother of their own who didn't care about them. Those kids are better people today because of the impact you had on their young lives...You had to make a home with strangers...that's not an easy mission.
You are a survivor and that includes changes of all kinds. And you will grow - And you will endure because you are loved so much by others...and we all need you...Surviving your last car accident proves that you are a survivor.
God has a greater plan for you...and part of that plan is to continue to be the outstanding Aunt Sandy that you have become to Nicholas and Griffin...and Nicholas said it best "he is thankful for the love of his Aunt Sandy. I can't think of a higher tribute...what a special and important family member you are.
As you can see I could go on forever...and I still need to mention Ambitious...Reliable...hardworking...Dependable...Effecient...and Dedicated...But above all you are lovable - not because I'm your mother, but because they are true.
my mom

I guess, if you say so...

I thought last night of how easy this "assignment" would be, given the fact that you are my best friend and I love you a lot - but as I sit down to write to you I realized the "hard" part might be knowing when to stop listing your good qualities :):):) You mentioned that someone had told you that you had beautiful eyes and you didn't know if that truly counted as a good quality - but I'm sure that it does! SANDY YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL PERSON!!!!! ( Just wanted to make sure I had your undivided attention!) The average person would have no problem deciding that, you are attractive and pleasing to the eye (i.e. EYE CANDY) that much is just common sense - it doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that!! Now while all of this is well and good and fine (not to mention a little easier when trying to attract the opposite sex) your outer beauty is not what I see first and foremost when I look at you!! Maybe that is what the person was referring to when she/he mentioned your eyes but when I look in your eyes I see so much more!! Here is what I see...............
I know a girl who is incredibly caring - always one to ask how everything is in my life, regardless of what's happening in her own!!
I know a girl who is sweet and loving -- always with open arms for a big 'ol hug and kiss for her best friend!!
I know a girl who is fun and energetic -- who everyone always enjoys being with and spending time with!!
I know a girl who is considerate -- who is genuinely concerned with others feelings and desires!!
I know a girl who is giving -- not only of material things but also of herself and of her time, which is something that can be scarce!!
I know a girl who is trustworthy -- which I've personally learned over the years can be worth it's weight in gold!!
I know a girl who is hard working - who can be found working 12-15 hour days to complete an assignment or task!!
I know a girl who is determined -- who can get what she wants when she wants it (without using the whiney voice)!!
I know a girl full of strength -- even though she may have only just broken the tip of the iceberg with this one, she'll soon come to fully understand her own!!
I know a girl who is incredibly courageous -- who has expressed more (for #1) in the past six months than most in a lifetime!!
I know a girl who is ALL of these things and so much more. A girl who when she looks inside needs to see the same beautiful person the rest of the world sees on the outside, but also needs to see the same beautiful person that those really close to her see!!! I love you with all of my heart, I'd do anything for you because I know you'd do it right back for me if I needed it! Consider yourself the "Onion" ((no not the most beautiful of fruits mind you, but yummy just the same(at least those of us with taste)). and as you peel away the layers of yourself you will begin to see what the rest of already know!!! YOU ARE GOOD!!!! YOU ARE WORTHY (even more than most) of love, long lasting real love!!!!!!! SO START BY LOVING YOURSELF! MAYBE, JUST MAYBE YOU'LL SEE WHAT THE REST OF US HAVE FOR SO LONG AND YOU TOO WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU!!
I love you and respect you for your newly founded courage and strength
Robyn, best friend

I guess, if you say...

Caring-would do anything for anyone at any time.
Forgiving-easily accepts others for mistakes they have made.
Trustworthy-can be trusted with anything and her word will be kept.
Thoughtful-thinks as much of other people as she does herself.
Understanding-doesn't pre-judge people in situations that aren't traditional or usual.
Family oriented-holds family relationships in the highest regards.
Snuggly-there isn't a better person to snuggle with in the whole world.
Christian, ex-husband

I guess, if you say so...

I wish you could see yourself through the eyes of others. I really believe that you would be amazed at the woman the rest of us can see. I will try to explain the individual I see.
You are courageous. You have taken some major steps in the past year. All of these required the strength of courage. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, you are courageous (i.e., separation, new apartment, seeking help)
You are one of the most thoughtful people I know.
You are a good listener.
You are cooperative.
You have empathy.
You love butterflies. Always remember that "butterflies are free". Think of yourself as coming out of the cocoon and believe that you are a beautiful butterfly who is learning to be free.
You are pretty, sweet, thin, lovable. You care. You are you and that alone makes you special and unique.
I believe in you and trust that you will learn to believe in you too!

I guess, if you say so...

Humor - I appreciate not only being able to laugh and joke around with you, but also the way you are able to laugh at yourself and act goofy.
Reliability - You can be counted on to see things through even when at times I know you don't want to.
Compassion - You have a genuine concern for others.
Emotions - I love the fact that we have been able to share each others emotions
Honesty - Always being able to count on what you say and do.
Personality - You have a way of lighting up a room even when you are quiet, people just seem to notice you.
Looks - You are very attractive and cute and some what shy which adds to your cuteness.
It's very hard for me to sit and break Sandy into different categories because she so a total package and everybody has different traits and qualities. The difference is how each person impacts others lives. I feel Sandy has made a positive impact on my life. She helps me see things in a different light and gives me encouragement without even knowing she is helping me. Special friends are far and few between and I feel Sandy is that special friend to me. Sandy, a while ago when things looked real bad I asked you for a favor: Start everyday by looking in the mirror and smiling at yourself. I asked you to do this because I want you to see what I see, not only the reflection, but what's on the inside that makes that reflection possible.

I guess, if you say so...

You are trusting. You open up to alot of people, with wide-eyed innocence
You are loving. There isn't any question that there is a great deal of love involved with anyone you meet
You are loyal to anyone who has proven their worth. You will defend them no matter who you are up against.
You are thoughtful and generous beyond your financial capabilities.
You have a good caring heart.
You always give 110% of yourself.
You can show sympathy for someone who may not truly deserve the second chance.
You always go out of your way to make people feel comfortable.
You always have a listening ear for others and are the first one to think of something to cheer them up when they are down.
You give of yourself even when sometimes there isn't alot to give.
I've never known you to be selfish or cruel. You speak honestly, from your heart and with a gentle, thoughtful mind.
You are a good friend. You are sincere and honest with people fortunate enough to be considered your friend.
Donna, ex-mother in law

Friday, January 9, 2009


*Before Ed I was a self-conscious and emotional kind of person-
but "stuff" more easily rolled off my shoulders*

*During Ed everything bothered me, BIG or small.
It lingered and smoldered into the great depression*

*Now, it doesn't roll right off, but it doesn't linger for months turning into a major life catastrophe either*

Everyday gets better, but I still tend to take everything very personally.

Today is a "fester" and "rot" feelings kind of day.

Today at work there happens to be a baby shower for a friend.
She is a close friend, and I wasn't asked to participate in the event.
It was huge and festive and I'm very happy for her, but I felt terribly left out.
For starters my boss hates me, I can't do anything to change that, but I'm sure that is why I wasn't asked to help with the planning.
I've been crying off and on hiding in the bathroom...
trying to not show the tears and hurt on my face and in my eyes.

Why do people hate me so?

I'm not a bad person, a little difficult sometimes, but not altogether bad.
Yet, people judge, ignore and betray me for no reason at all.
Well, I don't know how much longer I can take this...

To be shunned and ignored like I have some sort of disease, HURTS.

I'm a freak!

Saturday, January 3, 2009


I had a great 2008 and hope that 2009 will be just as rewarding
for me and for you.

Each year I gain not only weight, but
and a clarity
that brings peace of mind to my every day life.
Every aspect of my life has become richer and more blessed.

Family ties and friendships have become my core - NOT ED.
Really the only Ed trait left is the mind games he plays now and then to lure me back, but I don't even bother with his silly antics.
Yes, sometimes it's hard to combat his requests with that
"silky voice of his".
Lately it's been difficult,
but I believe that is due to the hectic holiday season.

TravelingFOOD, moneyFOOD, daddy-problemsFOOD
with alot on my plate (no pun intended),
FOOD sometimes becomes the ENEMY.

When I'm home with my family, I try OR am as normal as can be.
I let my guard down and am free to just be me, but then I have to deal with the weight gain when I get back home.
When I was sick I would just do what I had to do to loose the weight,
but now I

and dropping a few extra pounds it the
thing in the world for me to accomplish.

My body isn't like everyone elses,
it has the extra pounds it needs/wants and won't let go of them for anything.
My doctor used to call this starvation mode,
not sure if this still applies as I am NOT SICKLY, SKINNY anymore.

Being five pounds over where you'd prefer to be may not be huge to the general public, but for me it is!
It signifies how easy it was to gain those pounds in the first place and how easy it could be to keep gaining.
Each year brings me closer to my original weight BEFORE Ed and I'm not quite ready for that.

So this year I will fight
I'll put my combat boots on if I have to
to stop thinking that there is an ideal weight for me and not box myself into thinking that I must remain a certain size.