Our History…

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So my Mom did a really cool thing. She wrote a book…And this book is important. In fact, I believe it is the most important book I’ve ever read. It’s a history book…Mom’s history. In reading it, I am learning all about my family and how we came to be.

Mom published it about four years ago. When I originally read it, I made the error of going out of sequence. I flipped through the book, to parts that looked interesting. I don’t know why, but about a week ago, I picked it up again and began reading…from the beginning.

In reading from the beginning, I gained an amazing perspective about what makes Mom Mom. I learned about family members I’ve never met, and stories that had been told by mouth had even more detail and explanation in the book. I learned about life before modern technology took over and the simple pleasures enjoyed by those who came before us.

This history book got me to thinking: If Mom had not put down the words, the descriptions, the stories then at some point down the line, they might have been lost forever. She’s now working on another book with stories moving forward from her time growing up, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it and read it…from the beginning…

I recommend to everyone that they talk to family more. Hear the old stories. Commit them to memory or better yet record the stories in print or on video. Keep the memories alive…

 

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)

 

You Can Learn a lot from a Turtle…

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First of all, I’m going to cross my fingers that I have not already blogged about this. You see, one of my catch phrases is, “You can learn a lot from a turtle.” Here’s how:

OnĀ  my first teaching assignment in Gainesville, Florida, one of my friends had turtles in her classroom. There were four of them sharing a “baby pool” with rocks to climb on and a lamp to represent the sun. She had beach chairs next to this area, and kids loved to watch the turtles. They were so mellow that it could calm even the most stressed out child.

It was also a great place for this occasionally stressed out teacher. I’d stop into her class when I was on break to observe these cooperative creatures. Of course, all of the turtles wanted to bask in the sun, yet they seemed to have a system in place to ensure sharing. Two turtles would occupy the top spots for a period of time. Then at some random moment, they would gently retreat to make room for the other turtles to get their turn enjoying the warmth of the “sun”.

Every time I saw the turtles, they enjoyed life…swimming, eating, “sunning”…And they did it all in such a communal way making sure each member of their group equally enjoyed all their habitat had to offer.

So as I said before, “You can learn a lot from a turtle.” The next time you feel a little greedy or not collaborative, ask yourself,” What would a turtle do?”

 

Stay groovy…

–Susie

(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)