44 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-6-21

  1. Good morning, everyone! And Happy Birthday, Kim!
    The sunrise was beautiful from my kitchen window this morning. And that beautiful header reminds me that my feeder is almost empty, so I’m out to feed my birds now. Stay cheerful and try not to fixate on politics too much today. (If that’s possible.) :–)

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  2. Good morning! And happy birthday, Kim.

    Up with two small folk this morning. Little guy is sitting in his tomato chair after a bite to eat and cousin is sitting with me after mommy went off to work. Gramps is slaving in the kitchen making grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast.

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  3. Good morning.
    Bonne Anniversaire to Kim.

    I made the decision to call in sick today, as the initial side effects of this medication always seem to cause a migraine that interferes with visual focus.

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  4. Morning! Happy Birthday dear Kim!
    Cute birdie up there and I need to fill up our feeder on the deck too. Debra I can just envision the beautiful view in your corner of our world…I love the hills of TN! I need to go visit my cousins and enjoy their mountains! 😊

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  5. Good morning from Atlanta, GA. We are not feeling peachy this morning.

    I have Ladies’ Bible study in a bit so that will revive my faint spirit. We have not gotten together for the last 2 weeks so it will be great to be together again.

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  6. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to Kim! It’s a good day to enjoy something special.♡

    We are thankful for your birthday since we all get to enjoy the specialness of you!♡

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  7. Janice, the Bible study with whom I meet by Zoom (my friends from Nashville, along with three or four of us who have moved away through the years) met only once in December, the first day of December, and that’s my husband’s birthday and our daughter was here during the time I’d usually be with them, so I skipped it. The next week the hostess had to cancel to take her husband to the doctor, and I don’t know what came up the next week, and then the group elected not to meet the two weeks during the holidays. So I hadn’t met with them since December, and of course I wasn’t seeing them (or anyone) at church either. I’m also supposed to talk to one of them by phone today for our scheduled monthly call.

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  8. Kim shares a birthday with one of my aunts. Being also Epiphany or the Day of the Three Kings or the 12th day of Christmas, it became family tradition to leave up the Christmas decorations until my aunt’s birthday.

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  9. In looking for a carol for Epiphany, I ended up circling back to this one, sung in Arabic. I have a recording of it sung by the choir of Beirut, a city which suffered devastation upon devastation this past year, with both the pandemic and the August 4 port explosion:

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  10. It’s also the 24th birthday of Sam, one of my son’s best friends since they were 2 or 3. Which makes me think of a QOD. Do you have friends you’ve known and kept close to since early childhood?

    I do not. I recently became FB friends with the man my age who grew up next door to me. We had been friends off and on from age 4 through junior high, but drifted apart after that and only recently reconnected.

    By the end of college I was not close even to anyone from high school. I was occasionally in touch with my high school best buddy for a few years, then lost track of him until FB came to the rescue.

    I like that my son has kept close to two childhood best friends, Sam from age 2 or 3 and Nathan from age 10, both now young men of good character.

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  11. My friend Kim, whom I’ve known since she was born 15 months after me, posted a photo on FB today of her morning walk with “childhood friend, Marie.”

    I looked at the photo and thought, “If she’s YOUR childhood friend, how come I don’t know her?”

    LOL

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  12. Kevin, it depends if one counts the 12 days from Christmas Day or the day after Christmas. The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day here in Canada and is also a national holiday, as it is in the UK and other former British colonies from Nigeria to Singapore to New Zealand, and is also observed as a second Christmas Day in a number of European countries.

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  13. Kevin, no, unless you count friends who were also relatives, since I have known dear friend and relative all my life (she is a year older than I).

    I never really had childhood friends beyond my family, since we were homeschooled. We were always the odd children out amongst the many children who attended our childhood church, somewhat ostracized (bullied?), perhaps because we did not wear fashionable clothing (Second especially was made to feel conspicuous due to her clothing) or listen to the latest music or watch the latest TV shows or films (Eldest really struggled with feeling left out of the popular culture of her peers). Some of the children of that church stayed in some contact because their families also switched to attend the tiny church, but most did not and none of them ever were my friends – if Eldest and Second felt snubbed, I felt completely invisible. Ironically, Youngest, who spent the shortest time in the childhood church, is the one who really reestablished connections with our old Sunday School acquaintance – she ended up marrying one of them.

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  14. Kevin, yes. May not qualify as early childhood but certainly one of my first friends in fifth grade remains one of my best friends. We have stayed in at least a little contact for the past fifty plus years, but often, as now, are in frequent contact and pray for each other regularly.

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  15. That is one thing I notice about the Eldest children, how much the church world has changed to accept homeschooling families as completely normal. The Eldest children seem to have thrived socially while being homeschooled. Some of them are more outgoing and have more friends than others, but they are liked amongst their church peers. Now, they generally have more opportunities than we did, because their father makes far more money than our father ever did, and they do not lack for access to the latest fashions or things (their parents are not indulgent, but neither do they needlessly deny their children what they can afford to give them). So, they probably appear to their peers as less ‘out of it’ than we did to our peers. Also, there are far more homeschooling families in their church than there were in ours. But I think there has been an attitude change to the idea. Certainly, those church members who openly criticized my mother’s decision to homeschool have long since accepted the idea as being valid.

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  16. I read a novel last night, The Dress Maker of King Street, that was set partly in Kim’s hometown! I sent her message when the story moved to a boarding house in the town that I may have stayed at while visiting her several years ago. (It’s now a lovely B&B).

    Such a funny world of books, life, and friends. 🙂

    I’m recording a teaching on Zoom today for a writer’s conference next month. My absorbing and scintillating topic?

    Research. 🙂

    All of a sudden, I have to worry about what I look like, where the camera is placed, the backdrop, what color I’m wearing, and, oh, no, my hair!

    I managed to get earrings in for the first time in a month, so at least there’s that bit of glamour to lighten up the subject matter!

    Hmm. I wonder if I should use my Zoom pompoms for special effects?

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  17. Good to see you Kevin!
    My best friend since 1st grade and I stayed in touch through adulthood. We did drift apart after high school but always made it a priority to stay in touch. She passed away at age 55…I miss her. I stay in touch with many childhood friends via text, FB and email.
    My husband and his best friend have been so since birth. They call each other every year on their birthdays and throughout the year.

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  18. Actually, I did have one childhood friend from church, the kind who invites you over for lunch after church and to stay at their house until the evening service, with whom I stayed in touch with through my teen years and into adulthood. I visited her until she died at the age of 96 when I was in my mid-twenties. I was a child, but she was an elderly woman. I still remember staying at her house after church as a child, getting to poke in all the fascinating corners and look at all the beautiful little things she had accumulated over the years. She was a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, but she still had room for one rather lonely little girl in her church.

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  19. I am friends with my friend from when we were about four years old. We have become a bit more distant in recent years. We have lifestyle differences which we’ve had all along. She married right out of college and had children while I was doing the career woman thing. When I became a stay at home mom she was getting back in the work force and working until a recent retirement. She was working while I was homeschooling. Now she and her husband are both retired and have downsized. I gave her much of my work wardrobe when I became a stay at home mom. We have done trips together at times through the years.

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  20. I didn’t really have many friends in childhood. No social skills, a tendency to withdraw, and horridly unfashionable clothing. I did have one friend who moved away in seventh grade (to Argentina, her homeland) and one boy I never considered a friend since he was a boy but he really was a friend. The friend who moved away, I worked to track her down and we found each other when I was in college and stayed irregularly in touch for several years.

    A friend from the time I was 15 and she was 65 was in my life until she died in 2011, nearly 30 years later, and I’m in nearly daily contact with one friend from college (we met in 1989 and were roommates two summers, as well as working in the library together several semesters and summers). My daughters went to the same school up through high school; one has stayed in quite close touch with two or three friends, and the other has stayed in less regular touch with some of hers, which include the sister of one of her sister’s close friends.

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  21. Two hours of work figuring out lights, sound, camera, hair, earrings, new camera, clothing, MAKE UP, and then, halfway through, I totally lost my voice!

    I have three more days, but honestly, how does this type of thing happen? I’ve never lost my voice before!

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  22. That must be really nice to be friends with someone who’s known you almost your whole life. Roscuro, I was really touched by your story about the elderly woman.

    In the last year I’ve been in better touch with several closest friends from college. Before we might connect only once every few years, but now a phone call every few weeks or maybe months. I think the Covid isolation is driving us to reach out more to each other.

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  23. I think it is old age, that reminder that we are short term here. I went to a reunion a few years ago, the people were much nicer than in high school.

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  24. Thank you all for the birthday wishes. It was a good day. One agent brought me flowers with a nice note of appreciation. I set up a charitable donation thing-y on Facebook. People have donated $425 to my Birthday Charity of Choice. One of my agents made a donation and then sent a text telling me how much I have meant to him. He writes the most appreciative notes. Recently he had posted a birthday wish to his grandmother…he should be a writer. Beautiful.
    I really have all I need and probably want right now, so that people have donated to this in my name has been about the best president that I could get. All my children sent a text telling me happy birthday. BG was the first, Youngest Son/the Daddy , the Mommy, the Marine, and then the MD DIL.
    Little Miss made a birthday card for me. She “colored” one side and put stickers on the other side.

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  25. Oh, Michelle, I sympathize. I actually have totally lost my voice two or three times, but always with “warning” (going hoarse) and now I know not to talk at all if I start going hoarse. One day I showed up at work when I’d lost my voice, and I was supposed to call an author. (We didn’t have e-mail yet.) I stepped into the office next to mine with a note I’d written to my fellow editor: Please call this author at this number and give him this message. When she read “I’ve lost my voice,” she laughed and then looked up at me with her hand over her mouth like “Oh, I probably shouldn’t have laughed.” But surely she had figured out by the presentation of the note that I couldn’t talk, or I would have spoken to her (or called the author myself)?

    But now I know that I need to avoid talking for a day when I’m on the edge, and that will keep me from losing my voice completely. It’s only happened once since I married, and I think I wrote my husband a note explaining. I did say things once or twice during the day, when I couldn’t make him understand something with gestures and didn’t have a pencil handy, and when a word or two could communicate. But carrying on an actual conversation would have made me completely hoarse for at least a couple of days, and that is unpleasant and unnerving.

    In fact, the last time I had foster children, I was beginning to lose my voice. Pre-literate children who don’t obey very well aren’t the best people to have around when one is losing her voice, so I had just decided to e-mail my caseworker and tell him I had to have respite care, and have it now, when he contacted me first and said the children would be returning home that day. That worked. I managed to keep the amount of talking I did to a low enough level I never got really hoarse and never lost my voice, but there were a few minutes there when I was trying to imagine communicating to children in such a circumstance, and figuring out that it couldn’t work.

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  26. Peter, considering the last 2 Fridays were Christmas and New Year’s Day I think you ande all of us can be forgiven for forgetting. I look forward to your Friday post.

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  27. Actually, I think the caseworker told me the kids would be going home the next day. But since they were already in bed or heading there, that meant they’d be at school the next day and I didn’t have to talk to them (except the little bit of talking in the morning) until time to go pick them up for the transfer. I wasn’t concerned about a bit of talking–I hadn’t yet gotten hoarse, I just knew the signs I was headed that way–but I wouldn’t have been able to keep talking for the next couple of days without risking inability to communicate at all.

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