When this challenge popped up in my inbox this morning my first thought, of course, was my kids. I’ve been a mom half my life now so when I look back through my years they’re the first thing I see. Little fingers and toes, bedtime stories and bandaids, and so many nights spent just watching them sleep..
I miss it sometimes, and I’d do it again, but I wouldn’t go back for all the money in the world. I wouldn’t necessarily use nostalgic to describe the way I feel about their lives; that would be more along the lines of being proud to have survived..
The word nostalgia in itself speaks of the longings of my dreams, of going back to how tomorrow came to be…
It’s getting lost in an old picture of the way I used to dance because I always had a song stuck in my head.. It’s reading poetry I wrote at seventeen. It’s having memories of time spent down in Rosarito Beach before my sister died and momma lost her smile..
Sometimes it’s easy, and sometimes it’s not.. and that’s just how it is nowadays. Growing up, as a whole, has become a collection of miguided attempts and unthoughtthrough decisions and it’s only getting worse. I’m afraid for my daughters and the choices they’ll make for themselves..
Did I teach them about self respect and self image? And that beautiful comes from within? Do they know that they don’t have to follow their friends? And that what they do now will stay with them forever?
Our home is on the small side but it suits us just fine. We’re warm when it’s cold out and dry when it rains and most of the time that’s enough. But with four kids that live here full time (plus two more), and no real money to spend, we spent lots of time slogging through mud. It didn’t matter if we stayed at home or went to a mud bog (which happens to be a bunch of beafed-up trucks with giant tires that routinely gather around a large mud hole to see who gets stuck and who doesn’t – for money – it’s kinda awesome) just as long as there was mud they were happy. Thankfully mud isn’t something we’re lacking ’round here.. Well most of the older teenagers moved out this year and we don’t do a whole lot of slogging these days; but it used to be a pretty good time. It was one of the few things we agreed on as a family..
A corporate email response in regards to a software application deal
Dear Sir, (For Privacy)
To answer your questions, please let me say first, that in my opinion, the integration of the Smart Watch is going to be the next logical step in portable gaming. With the mastering and ease of virtual storage, whether the customer prefers using the Apple, Google or Microsoft operating systems, there should be an app for that. Simply put, the idea goes something like this – By enhancing the remote control sensors that already come standard on every television in the world, we could potentially give an added NUI feature to the increasingly popular Smart TV. To pair this with data and movement tracking programs currently being used by virtually all cellphones and video game consoles on the market today would open up an incredible number of opportunities to grow the convenience and portability our every day gamer typically looks for.
In comparison with the Xbox Kinect and the Nintendo Wii, instead of holding a wand or controller, which would then interact with the console through a sensor bar, the watch IS the controller, sensing and interacting directly to a compatible application downloaded on a Smart TV. Using the Cloud, user preferences, account information, achievements and saved games would be accessible with a simple voice or remote command. There would potentially no longer be a need for hard drives or controllers or fragile (and expensive) gaming CDs, thereby creating an effortless gaming experience with the physicality of a kinect-style console and the access of a cellphone.
I am open to any comments or suggestions you may have and look forward to hearing your thoughts on this one.