I realized this morning that I need to take a page out of my daughter's book. And if you know my daughter Leanna, then you know what book I'm talking about - her day planner. Her life is in that book; her job(s) schedules, voice lessons, mentoring, meetings and workshops, just to name a few things in it. Her sisters tease her boyfriend that he is only 'penciled in'. She's a first year college student studying to be a psychologist, and a leader of her sisters' 4H group, as well as an aspiring singer who is setting up gigs to sing the anthem at sports venues all over town, and is preparing for open mike nights at local watering holes.
Today is her nineteenth birthday. And what was she doing this morning while her friends from out of town were sleeping off last night in our basement? (Birthday party at my place last night.) She was working on a workshop presentation she's putting on for Monday.
"Dear, I'm almost ready to put breakfast on the table. Do you have to haul this stuff all out here now?" (For some reason, my eight foot long kitchen table is barely enough room for her projects.)
"I need to get this done, and now is as good a time as any."
If you knew my daughter, you'd know she rarely watches television, she goes to movies simply to catch up with friends, and she has NEVER uttered the words "I'm bored". She has made sacrifices in the past (not just working on projects on her birthday on Saturday, no less) in order to accomplish what she feels is top priority, like dropping out of volleyball in her senior year to make more time for her singing and mentoring. She LOVED volleyball, but The Grand Ole Opery is her goal, so it had to go. I don't worry about her not having what it takes; ambition and drive, as well as talent, are on her side.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's time for me to make some sacrifices in order to accomplish goals I feel are top priority. And I don't just mean giving up TV. I need to unplug. I love to visit your blogs, learning and laughing and getting my kicks from all the time you all put into your blogs, and I find that is the first thing I come to do when I find time to sit down at the computer,when I should really be doing my writing. (Sniff) I've decided that I need to take a hiatus from blogging, and the Internet in general. I can't say how long that it will be, but I WILL be back. 'Cause I already miss you :-(
I leave you with a sample of Leanna's singing; just know it doesn't sound near as good on tape as it did in person. My husband and I both got chills while she was singing this piece.
This is at a singing competition last spring. She received first place in this grouping, and was asked to perform at the festival's wrap up concert as one of the year's top performers. (Yes, I'm bragging. I'm her mother, so I'm allowed.)