Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I don't think I like this parenting thing.....

A conversation between myself and my husband:

Him:  "Where's Kelly?"  (Our 21 year old daughter who is in her last year of college majoring in geology)
Me:   "Jogging at the park."
Him:  "It's 8:00 at night!  I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that....."
Me:   *sigh*  "It's a very well-lit populated park, it's Texas and she can't jog in the daytime, she'd pass out from the heat.  Besides, she's a grown woman.  It's not your decision anymore."
Him:   *sigh*  "I know.  I don't think I like this parenting thing."

It's strange really, I'm doing much better with the transition to adult children than I thought I would.  Of course I still worry but I'm confident that I was a good mother and I gave them plenty of lessons about the evils of the world and just good common sense so that they are equipped with the tools they need to thrive in the world.

I'm incredibly proud of both my children.  They're sweet, caring, smart and will go far in the world.  Plus the fact that Kelly still has a great head of hair 20 years after this photo was taken.  I still think she was the prettiest baby in the world but then I'm a bit biased.  ;)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why do I love jewelry?

I thought Lori had a good idea to kick of the bead soup blog party with writing about jewelry design, what got me interested in it and why I love it.

I'm actually more of a lampworker these days.  I do lots of production work and I also make things like fan pulls and suncatchers.

Jewelry though, that's always at the bottom of it.  More specifically for me, it's earrings.  I know exactly why too.

I was born in 1960.  I had my ears pierced in 1976, when I was 16.  Life was a little different then and in my parents generation (they graduated HS in 1958 in Abilene, Texas) there were those who viewed pierced ears as something that only 'loose' girls had.  I also wasn't allowed to wear make-up.

I didn't really care about the make-up frankly, and still don't.  I have, as Carmen Diaz says in the movie 'Bad Teacher' a ".....rich internal life" and just have never had the time, then or now, to fiddle around in front of a mirror.

However (and it's a big however) I was and am a creative person and wanted to not only make things but wear my art where others could see it and frankly, earrings fascinated me.  Think about seventies fashion, all the huge hoops and giant flowers and color and various metals.  Yeah.  I wanted that.  Like Patti LaBelle's earrings in this video:

Honeeeeey, please.  Let me hang hubcaps from my earlobes.  I need to do that.

I had a hardship license and already drove so the morning I turned 16 I crawled out of my bedroom window while my parents were sleeping, climbed into my raggedy 1969 Camaro (with mag wheels, and itty bitty steering wheel made out of welded chain, and a gas pedal shaped like a bare foot, I know you know what I'm talkin' about here), rolled my car down our driveway and halfway down the block (all a downhill slope) then cranked the engine, drove to the mall, and had my ears pierced by the pimply attendant at the Rings n Things kiosk.

My father looked like this when I came home and he saw them:

Buuuuut, eventually he came around:

OK, maybe not.  ;)

It was totally worth it though.  I still miss the heck outta that Camaro.  It had a stuffed Garfield glued to the back window with those little plastic sucker things on it's paws.  *sigh*  I was stylin'.