Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Letters

Back in the day, I looked forward to Friday! Except it wasn't always the start of MY weekend. When you spend your career as a nurse ,you don't necessarily get weekends off. At the beginning of my working life, my weekends off were every third one and it was always on Saturday and Sunday. Later on, after a long campaign, we were able to convince "the powers that were" to change the nightshift weekends to Friday and Saturday. At this same time the hospital decided to give us every other weekend off, instead of the every third weekend. Only then did I begin to love Friday. On to my letters....


Dear Sealed Air: What?!?! I read yesterday on Facebook that you are changing bubble wrap. What are you thinking? It has always been my favorite thing about receiving a package. Who doesn't love popping bubble wrap? You have to have lost a bit of your mind with this choice. I hope you will re-think this and not quit making bubble wrap pop! Come on now and do the right thing

Dear Harley: No one is as hard on you as you are on yourself. I hope that I can start to influence how you think of yourself. You are not too fat! You are not too tall! You do not have feet that are too big. Those little stretch marks on your hips aren't as noticeable to the world as they are to you! You are beautiful just the way you are. You come from a family of really tall people! You are going to be tall. And when you are tall you are going to weigh more than your petite friends. It's not the number on the scale that matters. You are beautiful! Just the way you are!

Dear America: Happy 239th birthday. You are looking pretty good for such an old gal! Happy 4th of July to all of my readers. What are your plans for the weekend? Barbque? Parades? Fireworks? Or just a good day to relax at home?



16 comments:

  1. That's a bummer about the bubble wrap. What are we to do for stress relief?

    Ah, poor Harley! I went through a similar growth spurt when I was about her age, bemoaning the fact I wasn't petite like momma and cursing my 'huge' feet (size 8-1/2). What, with her smile and pretty face, I hope H stands tall and proud ...statuesque!

    Happy Independence Day, Paula!

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    1. Her 'huge' feet are size 10! I hope that she will learn to stand tall and proud!! Happy 4th to you as well Myra!

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  2. I have a very tall and beautiful daughter with even bigger feet. Please tell Harley that she's going to be as amazing and gorgeous, too! Do not despair, dear Harley. You are not alone.

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    1. No she is not alone. I am 5'10". But when you are a teen you just want to fit in!

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  3. For holidays, did you get one of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's off? My mother did that for years. I remember several Christmases when she had to work.

    Tell Harley not to worry. My sister-in-law is 6 ft tall. (Or 6' 1". I forget.) She managed to find my 6' 3" brother. And my 14-year-old niece is about my height now (I'm 5' 8"). It's awful growing up, but once you get old enough to be comfortable in your skin, it won't be so bad. I promise.

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    1. If we had Thanksgiving off we worked Christmas and then was off for New Years. It was an every other thing! We never got Easter off unless it fell on our weekend!.

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  4. I love bubble wrap hope they don't really change it.
    Going to see fireworks and family reunion this weekend.
    My dad's side of the family is 6'3 to 6'4 i am 5'6. My mom is also 5'6. I wear size 9 in shoes. Tell her not to worry she will be beautiful girl.
    Happy 4th and have a great weekend. Sorry i haven't participated in dear Friday's for awhile been pretty busy with the house and othet things. Have a great evening.

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    1. It's okay Stacey. Participate when you can!

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  5. Oh Harley! She's so beautiful!! She really will appreciate being tall; taller people can carry their weight so much better than shorter people, however, don't think I'm calling her overweight, but I get how she might feel. I was tall and all my friends were short. I weighed 140 pounds but I wasn't overweight, they were short and weighed 105 pounds. If I weighed 105 pounds, I would have been emaciated looking.

    Going to Phoenix for the 4th to visit son/girlfriend; having a BBQ :)

    betty

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    1. She is beautiful! I was always taller than all my friends too Betty. And you are right about tall people carrying their weight better. Have a good time in Phoenix!!

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  6. I used to know a link to online bubble wrap you could pop. But it wasn't as much fun as the real deal. Almost never see anything in bubble wrap anymore. Bones, from height, and muscle weigh more than fat. Even if two people are exactly the same height, say 120 lbs can look totally different on the two. And young people often have trouble understanding that just because something is the big style, it may not look really good on their body type. Better to wear something not quite as cool, but makes you look awesome! I had today off of work. They fed us fried catfish and shrimp for lunch yesterday at work. This morning I slept in. This evening we have Baby Ruth spending the night. Nothing big tomorrow. Just here around the house with family. My son is stuck at work for the holiday, as they are trying to finish up the job. Enjoy your 4th!
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. It won't be the same without bubble wrap! Have a great time with Baby Ruth! And enjoy your 4th

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  7. ahh ... Harley.

    You have hidden in your genes a secret weapon that you will treasure as an adult. You are tall. Yes, right now it seems unfair, but take it from my niece who now at 33 is 5'11", wears high heals with pride, and knows how to walk tall and make an entrance where ever she goes because with her height she is noticed and people can see how beautiful she is - she doesn't blend in - she stands out and because of that she has a power and an advantage that all those short girls don't have - she has your attention - and she makes use of it. People notice how outgoing and smart she is, how funny and engaging - just her presence makes a statement - and although she is not traditionally beautiful, she is a knock out - because she uses what God gave her (height) to her advantage. Yes, growing up was hard because when you are a teen all you want to do is fit in - but as an adult, you learn that fitting in isn't always the best.

    So stand tall, girl, lift your head and move through life using that height as the gift that it is. Attract attention and make a difference by your positive attitude and demeanor, because people will notice you. All us fully mature female shorties applaud you.

    Oh yes, that bubble wrap - whose stupid idea was it to change a winner? I bet it was a short person's idea!! :-)

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    1. LOL...I laughed out loud at your last statement! I will share all of these with Harley!

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  8. Happy Independence Day Paula...and you keep right on drumming that message into Harley's head...Grandma's don't out trump the media at 14 but perhaps when she is 17 she will remember your words and ignore what the media tries to tell her makes beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I will keep drumming but you know how it is with teens; they just want to be like everyone else. She'll get it someday!

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