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Memory Monday: Life in 5-year Blocks Project — Part I

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I’ve decided to change Mondays from “Metaphysics Mondays” to “Memory Mondays”, since everything I write about is generally already tied to metaphysics in some way.  I’ve been wanting an excuse to look back on life — go through travel journals and diaries, watch home movies, look through photo albums, etc, so this is my excuse to do it.

I started a new writing project with one of my Sunday tutoring students, and it was inspired by a homework assignment from one of my metaphysics lessons.  We break our lives into 5-year increments, and once we surpass the past and arrive at present time, we begin imagining our future.

This is what I have so far:

0-5 Years

  • “See? . . .  “Ight!” (Light)
  • Came out quiet (not crying!), checking out the world.
  • Apparent near suicide attempt — squeezed through the sliding glass door to our balcony on the second story and nearly crawled right off the edge before my dad came to my rescue.
  • Typwriter for birthday
  • Home Daycare
  • My parents had a bedroom in the backroom; it was converted to our daycare lunch room
  • The living room became the main room with green carpeting and white shelves holding varying Montessori materials
  • My first (and hopefully last!) nemesis (daycare child)
  • Daycare crush
  • Awkward car scene when my parents were complimenting a daycare student on how quiet he was being, and I piped in  a loud voice”What about me?  I’m quiet, too, right?  Aren’t I quiet?” (face palm)
  • Red corduroy dress (and pictures where I am oblivious that I am showing my underwear)
  • Nap time on green fold out cots
  • Flags on my birthday cake!
  • Sister is born (in our house!)
  • My mom’s first introduce to Shaklee (vitamins during her pregnancy)
  • Montessori preschool
  • Nutcracker Fairy Dress
  • Dancing around the house to the “Nutcracker” on the record player, waving my fair wand like a Sugar Plum Fairy, and running up and down the hallway to the “Russian Dance”
  • Telling neverending stories about “Koffa Kouff”
  • Started wearing glasses — looked around the room in amazement, as if seeing the world for the first time
  • Riding Big Wheels in the street
  • Discovered TV and that I had an aunt my age
  • Car rides to Ohio to visit Mom’s side of the family for Christmas
  • Began T-ball
  • pixie hair cuts
  • Learned to read with “Pig Can Jig”
  • Grandma Karl reading to me.
  • Best friend Mandi lived across the street.

To be continued next week with Ages 6-10. . .


 "Poppies By The Sea" courtesy of Evgeni Dinev/

“Poppies By The Sea” courtesy of Evgeni Dinev/

I don’t exactly remember the order, but this is what I remember:

I was exploring the coast along Lake Michigan, but it was rocky, and my friend was exploring down below, closer to the water.  Two creatures had washed up on a boulder below.  They were transparent like crystal, and one resembled a crawfish.  I don’t remember the other.  I pointed them out to my friend and asked her if she had noticed.  She said that she had.

My aunt was visiting with my mom for a while, and my mom dropped me and my sister off at a daycare.  I was frustrated, thinking “Aren’t we old enough?”  (And we didn’t actually have anyone watching us.  We were just dropped off at the building and had to stay inside.  I remember there being multiple rooms and staircases.)  Eventually, my aunt came to pick us back up.

I was at my house, out on a balcony, I suppose, but my house opened up to a center grassy area, surrounded by houses on all other sides, and in the distance was either the ocean or the sea.  Then, military helicopters began flying in.  I didn’t know why they were there.  They dropped of children who I assumed were there for military training.  They were marching in rows, sometimes locking arms, but they were dressed normally.  They were all white with blonde hair — I remember the girls’ long blonde curls — and some looked as young as 5 years old.

I apologize for the conglomeration of notes that follow.  I feel like there’s a lot here, but I’m not ready to pinpoint and analyze it all at this point.  Needless to say, I felt absolutely wonderful waking up this morning;I know that much!

Symbols from (leaving out what doesn’t relate):

To see a lake in your dream signifies your emotional state of mind. You feel restricted and that you can’t express your emotions freely. Alternatively, the lake may provide you with solace, security, and peace of mind. If the lake is clear and calm, then it symbolizes your inner peace.

To see a crawfish in your dream represents your tenacity.


If something is transparent, then it represents clarity and understanding.

To see a rock in your dream symbolizes strength, permanence, stability and integrity, as conveyed in the common phrase “as solid as a rock”. The dream may also indicate that you are making a commitment to a relationship or that you are contemplating some changes in your life that will lay the groundwork for a more solid foundation. Alternatively, a rock represents stubbornness, disharmony and unhappiness.

To see the coast in your dream suggests that you are on a spiritual quest. The coast symbolizes the meeting between your two states of mind – the rational and the irrational. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor of how you are “coasting”. through life. You may need to take things more seriously.�Or the dream may be telling you that “the coast is clear”. You are free to move ahead.

To dream that you are at a daycare indicates that you want to be taken care of and not have to worry about anything else. You want to go back to a simpler time. Consider the condition of the daycare for additional significance.

To see your mother in your dream represents the nurturing aspect of your own character. Mothers offer shelter, comfort, life, guidance and protection. Some people may have problems freeing themselves from their mothers and are thus seeking their own individuality and development.

To see your aunt in your dream represents family connection, heritage and value. The aunt may also represent aspects of yourself that you like or dislike. She can also be seen as a substitute mother.

To see your sister in your dream symbolizes some aspect of your relationship with her, whether it one of sibling rivalry, nurturance, protectiveness, etc. Your sister may draw attention to your family role.

To see a staircase in your dream symbolizes change and transformation.

To see an ocean in your dream represents the state of your emotions and feelings. It is indicative of spiritual refreshment, tranquility and renewal. Alternatively, the dream means that you are feeling empowered and unhindered.

To see the sea in your dream represents your subconscious and the transition between your subconscious and conscious. As with all water symbols, it also represents your emotions. The dream may also be a pun on your understanding and perception of a situation. “I see” or perhaps there is something you need to “see” more clearly. Alternatively, the dream indicates a need to reassure yourself or to offer reassurance to someone. It brings about hope, a new perspective and a positive outlook on life no matter how difficult your current problems may be.

To see a plane in your dream, may be a pun on someone or something that is “plain”. Perhaps the plane refers to a new level.

To see a house in your dream represents your own soul and self. Specific rooms in the house indicate a specific aspect of your psyche.

To see an airplane in your dream indicates that you will overcome your obstacles and rise to a new level of prominence and status. You may experience a higher consciousness, new-found freedom and greater awareness. Perhaps you need to gain a better perspective or wider view on something.

To see the military in your dream signifies rigid authority and emotional repression. Perhaps you need to be more disciplined.

To see a blond person in your dream suggests that you need to enjoy life and live it up. Be a little glamorous.  

To see children in your dream signify an aspect of yourself and your childlike qualities. You may be retreating back to a childlike state and longing for the past. You are trying to still satisfy repressed desires and unfulfilled hopes. Perhaps there is something that you need to see grow and nurture. Take some time off and cater to the inner child within. Alternatively, the dream may be highlighting your innocence, purity, simplicity, and carefree attitude.

To dream that you are watching children but they do not know you are there is a metaphor for some hidden knowledge or some latent talent which you have failed to recognize.

How Do You Succeed In Business? Part I

It’s interesting that I’ve been approached about three business opportunities in the last month. It’s interesting because I’ve always hated business. When I was younger, I had an honest-to-goodness fear of offices. I would enter offices, see the rows of cubicles, and feel a queasy feeling in my gut and be generally creeped out. And I never trusted businesses and businesspeople. They were push, aggressive, and were willing to step on you to get a leg up or use you to get a sale. Now that I’m older, I no longer fear offices but I’m wary of salespeople, and I mostly hate corporations, feeling frustrated with their exploitation of people and systems.

Earlier this month I as approached by a friend about an energy company.  I was encouraged to switch energy companies and also to promote the product.  I had heard about what can happen when you switch energy companies.  Things are great for the first year, and then they go downhill from there.  Or, you lock in your price, and if you don’t update your contract by the deadline, you lose your deal.  I have no interest in keeping daily track of my energy bills and watching suspiciously for the chance of change.  Neither do I wish to make money for a business I don’t believe in.  Also, I just don’t like to push products. So, the deal was a no-go.

My second proposition comes from my own boyfriend.  He is very involved in his health and wellness business, Shaklee.  This is a fantastic business.  I use the products and love them, and I like that they are ec0-friendly and recyclable.  This is definitely a company I believe in and could (and do) support.  However, to succeed in this business,  it requires getting the word out.  It requires attending meetings and seminars and investing time in getting to know the product and how to talk to people about it.  I don’t like doing that.  I would be willing to help present.  If someone approaches me, I’m willing to share whatever I know — but I’m not aggressive, and I don’t want to be.  People have to make their own decisions about their own health.  I’m not going to try to convince them that they can make better decisions.  Maybe someday I’ll find a way that I fit into this business.  But not yet.

So, this week I got proposition number three.  It came from one of my very good friends, a fellow teacher.  Immediately I was a little nervous.  Was this another energy scheme?  I didn’t believe she’d do that to me.  Was this one of her previous ideas that she had dreamed up in the past?  When I met her and another colleague, I found that some of my suspicions were correct: she wanted to open a restaurant.  I was suddenly uneasy.  I knew what this meant.  Loans.  Risk.  Things I could have nightmares about.  Sure it could be great, but what if it all went wrong?  I was trying to get out of debt, pay off my mortgage so that I could take it a little easier in life.  And I knew nothing about business.  This did not sound like me.   The other woman with us told us about all that we would have to consider, such as: Location?  Were we renting or buying?  Corporation or partnership?  Workman’s comp.  Insurance.  Small business grants.  What was our competition?  Lawyer.  Accountant.  Where would we get our supplies?  What changes would we have to make to our building?  We’d need bank loans.  But first we’d need a plan.  And what about our credit???   I receded further into my seat as the list went on.   “So, what are you thinking?” she asked me.  “I think this is stepping beyond my comfort zone,” I told her honestly, “I would be willing to work there and help you out here and there, but I don’t think I can go in on this as a partner.  It’s too much risk for me, and I’m terrified of business.”  Risk was a part of life, she assured me, but she understood what I meant.

But then she threw open the doors.  “What would you be interested in?  It could be anything, a business, an invention. . .  What do you think?”  Anything?  Any idea?  Immediately Brian’s idea came to my head: opening my own school, and I told her so.  That was an idea I’d immediately dismissed as a completely overwhelming task, but also something I knew I could be passionate about.  But did I really want to go into the business of education?  Didn’t I want out?  “A daycare or preschool might be a good way to go.  There’s definitely demand for that here,” the other woman chimed in.   This was something to think about.

We chatted more about the preschool/daycare and dabbled back on the restaurant idea and other miscellaneous strands.  But I had so much to think about.  My first mental reaction to a business idea is to shoot it down.  I’m a conservative money monk who is cautious and slow to change.  On the other hand, I felt like I had little nudges from the universe that may be pushing me in that direction. 1) My New Year’s Resolution this year is to be myself, and I’ve felt that part of that involves being in a job I can believe in and not looking back and regretting my life, wishing I hadn’t been afraid to change.  2) I’ve felt increasingly frustrated in my job that higher ups have not listened to my ideas.  I’ve had two great ideas over the last 5 or so years, and they were both completely dismissed.  Here was a chance to implement them both at the same time!  3) At dinner last Thursday with some friends, one of them made the off-hand comment that it is not possible to be completely happy in any job unless you run your own business.  I heard this the day after I’d gotten the text from my other friend that she wanted to talk to me this weekend about a business proposition.  Was this serendipity?

I had a lot to think about.  As we left the restaurant, we decided to peek in a neighboring property that was up for rent to check out the possibility for the restaurant idea.  I didn’t know if this idea would work for the three of us.  We were already beginning to disagree on how to make the food and what ingredients to use!  But my mind was racing, already imagining the possibilities for our own utopian school.

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