Saturday, September 27, 2008

Where the Boom Bands are playing...


Lately I've found myself getting up in the morning with little motivation to do much. I think that sometimes we all find ourselves in these ruts. I know from my personal experience that I don't even realize where I'm stuck at sometimes but eventually it catches up to me and realize that something needs be done.
I absolutely love children books. In fact, I love them so much that I collect them. One of my all time favorite authors is Dr. Seuss himself. Though some argue that he makes up meaningless words in order to rhyme, I feel that his simple words convey messages that we can easily detect. With the power of a child's reading book, he teaches me--an adult--to open my eyes and see.
In his very well known book Oh the Places You'll Go he talks about these ruts we come across in life...."You can get so confused that you'll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place...The Waiting Place."
We all know "The Waiting Place". It's the place when I get up in the morning and don't really care. It's the times when we fail to look around and see how blessed we really are. He then says, "....for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for a wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a better break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or another Chance. Everyone is just waiting." What I am waiting for? What are you waiting for? Maybe it's as simple as the mail to come. Maybe it's more complicated, but none of us have to stay in the Waiting Place!
I've been blessed to live a beautiful and precious life! There is no reason to get in the morning and not appreciate the world around me. :) There is NO reason for me not to love my life and express energy towards it. Because really...this is life that we've all been given! It our chance to grow, to experience sensations, to cry, laugh and stop to capture a priceless moment. I am so blessed- with a family who loves me, friends I can count on and so many more wonderful things. I thank my Heavenly Father daily, for He has blessed me immeasurably.
As Dr. Seuss says, "No! That's not for you! Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying. You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping once more you'll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you're that kind of a guy!"
The Waiting Place is not for anyone. We can escape again and again and find the bright places. And I'm not sure what Boom Bands are, but they sound fun. :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Every Light I've Found


"Away with all the troubles that you've made. Away with waiting for another day..." Billy's voice is always a comfort to me. Sometimes I'm angry; Billy understands. Other times I feel heartache, loneliness, love, confusion, fatigue...Billy knows. The Pumpkins song, "With Every Light" is just another song that I can understand on a personal basis, because of my own life experience. On VH1 Storytellers, Billy talks about the story behind the song and the meaning of it. Basically, he went to a psychic and said that when he was done he felt "in a rare moment of happiness" that he was content with the world. He went home and wrote the song that included the lyrics..."Look ma the sun is shining on me. Impatient, in love and aching to be. Could you believe in heaven, if heaven was all you had". The main idea of the song is that we are everybody we meet. Billy says that the energy that comes into our body, through other people, becomes who we are. I've always felt that as we go through life, we have the basic, simple structure of who we are. As we live, we meet people that become a part of our story. Maybe they become our life long friends or it may just be a brief moment in time, as small as a smile or glance in our direction. They become a part of us. "And every light I've found is every light that's shining down on me. I'm never alone." My friends, family...the people that I love are all part of who I am today. My sisters let me share their energy for life and attitude towards the world. The friend I had in Jr. High and no longer talk to helped me find the confidence to do anything I wanted to do. The best friend I've had since high school introduced me to a side of Kristen I never knew. The boy I've loved for so long has opened my eyes to new dimensions of life, that I couldn't see on my own. As I look around me, I feel richly blessed for the people I have surrounded myself with. The people that are all a part of me: their goodness and knowledge...their light. And with every person I have the opportunity to meet, I take just a little bit of them with me. Just as Billy says, "Here's to the light!"

With love,

Kristen

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sometimes the Rain Pours...

Robert William Warwick, a loving husband, father, and my grandfather passed away about a week ago on September the 6th, 2008. He died at the admirable age of ninety years: a great man, who lived a superb life. Robert was known to his friends and family as "Bill" and to us Grandchildren as "Papa". Papa was born on June 10, 1918. I can only imagine the astounding change he witnessed over the course of his lifetime. The 1920's, the Jazz Age and the Crash of 29' were just a part his early childhood years. Bill's teenage years were accompanied by the 1930's, bringing about superhero comic books, Amelia Earhart and the Great Depression. While in high school he was student body president and played for the school football team. When Papa was twenty three, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He joined the United States Navy and served our country during World War II. After the war, Papa returned to his home in Texas and met his wife, Peggy Agee. They married on February 11, 1950. They remained happily married for the rest of his life. Shortly afterwards, he began a career with Convair-General Dynamics and retired in 1985. From Dr. Martin Luther King to Vietnam to the Fall of the Berlin Wall, he lived through the times that I now read about in history books. Looking back on his life, the times he went through and the accomplisments he had, I can't help but feel the pride of being the Grandaughter of Robert W. Warwick. I can only hope to one day leave a legacy like his.

With love,

Kristen

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

All-American Girls

This is my third year living with my three awesome friends: Aubry, Erin and Jessica. We met by pure happenstance, randomly rooming together our first year of college. Though we played no part in the initial convergence of our lives, I know that we would have found each other one way or the other.
The greatest part of our friendship is how remarkably different each one of us is, but somehow...it just works. We all help each other in different ways. My weakness may be Jessica's strength, and Aubry's bluntness just might be Erin's answer. We look at the world through our own unique perspectives.
As different as we are, we also have our similarities. I think it's very fair to say that we are your "All-American" girls. We like our rock n' roll, Beatles, and spontaneous dance parties in our living room when we're just too overwhelmed to really think. Sometimes we'll find ourselves heart broken and lonely, in those cases we pull out the old heart shaped pan and enjoy a nice big Betty Crocker "heartcookie"...as we call it. We don't do so well when dieting, enjoy our cold Dr. Pepper and yell at each other when we just need to hate someone. And for those of you who make us really mad, I'd back off if I were you (aka Donetta).
And really...that is just a little bit about a large part of my life.

With love,

Kristen