“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”—Emily Dickinson (via tnajim)
There’s something really powerful about telling people how awesome they are. I think we always want praise for ourselves to make us feel appreciated, and sometimes we forget the amazing feeling that comes with thanking another person. In helping people realize their potentials and attributes, we find ours.
to have such positive influences as peers. sitting at peet’s today with vivian and katie, sipping on $4 lattes, working on some hw, talking and joking about our summer internships at congressmans offices and financial firms like merrill lynch and morgan stanley, writing press releases to publicize…
Seeing this post makes me thankful for the entire year - for we the people, for panera, for state, etc. You two make me so proud, and you both will accomplish everything you set your heart too. I can’t wait for many more great times on the East Coast! <3
I realize more and more every day how badly I want to be a teacher.
Today, I started tutoring a 3rd grader named Vanessa. Her dad told me that he works a lot and doesn’t always have the time to help her with her homework. I resisted the urge to say “I’ll seriously come every day to help her! You don’t need to pay me!” I just hate to see her struggling when I have too much plenty of time to help her.
(On a side note, I can still do 3rd grade math! Awww yeah)
“If by a ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal’, then I’m proud to say I’m a ‘Liberal’.”—John F. Kennedy (via elledeau)
I’m writing to you about a beautiful young lady who has been in this household for 25 years now—come March 4.
I have a request to make of you but before doing so feel you should know more about her. For one thing she has 2 hearts—her own and mine. I’m not complaining. I gave her mine willingingly, and like it right where it is. Her name is Nancy but for some time now I’ve called her Mommie and don’t believe I could change.
My request of you is—could you on this day whisper in her ear that someone loves her very much and more and more each day? Also tell her, this “Someone” would run down like a dollar clock without her so she must always stay where she is.
Then tell her if she wants to know who that “Someone” is to just turn her head to the left. I’ll be across the room waiting to see if you told her. If you’ll do this for me, I’ll be very happy knowing that she knows I love her with all my heart.
Day 7: List your family and a random fact about them
Dad - Joe: He used to work on a railroad.
Mom - Colleen: She framed a picture of John F. Kennedy in our house just because she admires him.
Brother - Patrick: He plays Black Ops for like 350 hours a day, but when he isn’t losing brain cells, he can do a sweet Slovakian accent & language. He even convinced his classmates that he was adopted from Slovakia.
My extended family would make this tumblr post pretty long, so all in all, we always have jolly good times together!
In all honesty, I don’t have any juicy secrets. Whether or not this means I am boring, that is up to you to decide. ;)
But I do have some funny stories that could be secrets!
The Chamber of Secrets
My family stopped in Angels Camp when I was little and my brother was about 3 or 4. When we got back in the car, my brother showed me that he had stolen some rocks from this store (he didn’t know any better lolol) And I never told my parents :O We are thieves!
I watch Namaste America every Saturday…they have good music videos!
I’m an infomercial junkie (but that’s not really a secret)
When I drive past telephone poles, I click my teeth (bad habit)
Seeing people sitting alone makes me sad :( Especially old people or kids. I wish I could just give them a hug or talk to them.
After watching “My Time Now” about Nicki Minaj’s life, I really started to admire Nicki Minaj. She’s working hard for all of the girls out there!
I push on my teeth with my tongue in hopes that my teeth will be straighter :P
My childhood was spent in Oakland until I was 5 years old, when my family moved to Pleasanton. I remember a lot about Oakland - the city feel, the lake, the traffic, the trees down my street, my neighbors. Everything at the time seemed important and exciting. From what I remember about myself, I was wild, courageous, and love struck with my red-headed, 6 year old neighbor Noah. Like Juliet, I would call from my balcony “Noah! Noah! Marry me!” Sadly, he was more interested in his bicycle.
Most people remember their childhood as simpler times. I fall in that boat. I’m nostalgic for those simple days spent creating games or coloring. Here are some memories to paint you a picture of my childhood.
1. My parents leaving for work: Okay, I’ll get the most unpleasant memory out of the way first. My parents have always worked, and conversely, I’ve always had a nanny taking care of me. When they would leave for work, I would CRY because I thought that they wouldn’t come back. I remember when my dad told me he would take me to work, then he said he would get me an ice cream bar in the garage. Needless to say, he didn’t take me to work.
This isn’t to say that my parents didn’t spend a lot of time with my brother and me. They did - most of my memories are of spending time with them.
And now the fun part…
2. Dancing to Wynonna Judd: Molly Burke, my cheery neighbor, was 12 when I was born. She became my sister until I moved to Pleasanton. She would come over everyday to dance with my mom and me to Wynonna Judd’s “I Saw the Light in your Window Tonight.” These were the best memories and ones that I relive often.
3. Making my first (and best) friends: When my family moved to Pleasanton, we weren’t the only new family in the neighborhood. A family of 4 girls had moved to a house on the court next to us. One day our parents set up a play date where we had lunch out on the patio. The rest is history! These four girls became my best friends. I loved playing house with them, all of our crazy fake weddings, and countless trips to the pool. I’m also thankful for all of the great memories that I have with them - trips, sleepovers, and jokes- that continue to this day. It’s rare that your first friends become your best friends forever, but that’s luckily true.
4. Christmas in Colusa: My most cherished memories of my extended family are during Christmas. We would gather in Colusa, California - google search it, it’s the best place on earth- at my grandparent’s house. My favorite memory is when my Uncle Mark created a play for all of the cousins. We laughed until we cried. I love love love my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We have so much fun together and I’m thankful that we will always have Colusa to visit every holiday.
5. Grandma Sally: Lastly, I will always remember my Grandma Sally. I was too young to understand why my grandma moved in with us when I was little. I didn’t understand why she later had to be moved to a special home. And I certainly didn’t understand why she was moody and kept calling my brother “she.” As I grew older, I learned that she had Alzheimer’s disease. Her disease had a huge impact on my family. My mom was stressed with the burden of taking care of her and my dad was saddened to see his mom like this. I regret being so embarassed of her. I never understood why she couldn’t act like all of the other grandmas that my friends had.
She will always hold a special place in my heart. It wasn’t until after she passed away that I learned the impact she had on people’s lives. She was a teacher and principal for 40 years in Illinois. She wrote to my grandpa for 3 years during his service World War II. She raised my father alone. She was, in every way, incredible, and I wish I had gotten to know her better.