Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day - I Thank You

To those who fought,
and those who died;
for every flag
raised high with pride;

To mother, son,

or widowed bride;
for all the tears
that have been cried;

To those who pushed

all fear aside;
for every soul
life was denied...

I thank you.

Kristina M. Hooper

Copyright © 11/10/2009

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Flags Upon The Graves

I went to visit you today,
the flag upon your grave;
blowing gently in the breeze,
so many, like a wave.

Fallen heroes who fill the earth,
fought proudly and so brave;
I stand here with respect and awe,
for what so many gave.

These soldiers lived through battles past,
the way to glory paved;
for you and me, America,
sweet liberty is saved.

I went to visit you today,
Old Glory, 'pon your grave;
Fifty stars, red, white, and blue ,
home of the free and brave.

Copyright © 05/26/2008 Kristina M. Hooper

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hallmark Employee

After not working for over a year and half, I must say getting back into the working world is a bit harder than I anticipated.  And I'm not even working full time.  Just this week, I worked Monday and Tuesday mornings - about four and half hours each day...not long, I know, but when I got home I was exhausted!  Now, to be fair to myself, I am on my feet the entire time - that's right, standing and bending - something I am not used to.  But it sure feels good to be out and about.

The job itself is not rocket science.  However, there is definitely more to stocking cards than I ever thought or imagined!  If I have learned anything in these past two weeks it is this:  put cards back where you find them!  Do not put them willy nilly, wherever you want...believe it or not, there is a specific 'pocket' for every card.  I know, because I scan each card to put it in its place. 

Last Thursday I serviced the Publix account.  I straightened, organized, all the Mother's Day Cards.  Saturday, I had to go back to restock, etc. for the last minute rush.  When I arrived at the display I could not believe how messy it was!  It looked as if a tornado had come through the aisle and destroyed everything in put here, cards put there, envelopes scattered; nothing in its place - nothing at all!  I was supposed to work for an hour, max, and was there for a little over two hours putting things to right.  So yes, I now have a profound respect for cards and how they are displayed.  All this wisdom gained in just two short weeks.

My paycheck will not be much, but I am looking forward to that first check in the mail.  There is a sense of pride knowing I am helping, even in a small way, with our finances.  Will it enable us to vacation?  Probably not.  Will it pay for our new refrigerator?  Nope, no way.  But it will allow us to enjoy little things - a dinner out, a movie - like the new Robin Hood flick coming out on Friday...but that's another blog, for another time.

All in all, I like my status as a Hallmark employee.  The job fits my life ~ who could ask for more?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Today is the day set aside to honor all mothers.  It is the day we call to mind that woman who raised us, who sacrificed for us, who kissed our booboos and made us feel better.  As I grow older, I realize how much my own Mom sacrificed for me and my six siblings...I am amazed at how much she did, every day, and how much she continues to do now.  She is a role model for what a wife and mother should be.  Is she perfect?  Hell no, but she would do anything for her children and she loves us all unconditionally.  I love her and am proud to call her Mom.  I cherish every day I have with her.

But this day is bittersweet for me.  I am happy for my sisters, my friends, my all those who have this day to celebrate.  I only wish I could celebrate as a mother.  For as long as I remember, my dream was to be a Mommy -I wanted lots of children.  As I got older, I knew the 'many' wouldn't happen, but I truly believed I would have at least one or two, twins perhaps.  It never happened.  My husband and I married late, and we were never able to conceive.  I have come to terms with my barren uterus.  I have come to terms that I will never have a child call me 'Mommy' and look at me with unconditional love.  Yet, there are days, such as today, when sadness overwhelms me.  Or when I see a commercial of a mother and child, my heart still aches. I know I am loved by nieces, I know I am a mother figure to some, but it isn't the same.  They are not my own, they did not come from my loins.

My hope for all mothers on this day is that you realize how lucky and fortunate you are.  Although your children may not be perfect, they are a gift to be cherished.  As hard as motherhood may be, count your blessings and know your work, your love, is not in vain.

I do know I am blessed.  I was blessed with a wonderful, kind, loving husband.  I have two beautiful 'baby girls' (my cats)...I have a good life.  We don't always understand why life takes us down the roads it does, we can only get in the driver's seat and make the best of it.  Life is good.

So, to all my mother friends and family - I hope you have a wonderful day...relish in all the love that is thrown your way and count each and every blessing.