The Post that Started it All (Celebrating Wordsmith Observation’s One Year Anniversary!)

Well, folks. I see you’re still here one year later listening to my rambling “entertainingness” as described in my “About” page. I applaud you for sticking around for all the fun. I feel like you guys deserve a reward or something… so I’ll just give you a compliment and say that if this blog was a plane, you’d be sitting in the VIP section. What can I say? You’re just that special.

Well, now that you are comfortably lounging in your metaphorical VIP seating, I will go a bit more in-depth with this post. A few weeks ago, I got a notification on WordPress saying, “Eyyy, bro! You’re blog is having its first b-day! Congrats. You da bomb.” I mean, more or less that’s what they said. WordPress and I are super tight.

Okay, truthfully, I wasn’t even really planning on doing anything for a one-year celebration, but last minute, (*ahem* five minutes ago) I decided to  bring my blog back to its roots by displaying to my faithful readers the post that started it all. It’s kinda fun looking back on it, actually. So, why not? Let’s dive in.

 

A New School, Plus Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

“My dad founded a school for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Oh, I know what you guys are thinking, but sorry to burst anyone’s bubble… no super-human qualities in sight. Oh, I know. Very disappointing!

But, just hold up a second. We’ll get back to my dad’s lack of spidey senses in a minute. Right now I want to talk to you about something else…

Somehow, in this day and age, people think that being realistic is the absolute bomb. When really, it just blows up in their faces. See what I did there? Hahaha, so punny! I crack myself up.

Well, what these “realists” are preaching is that they’re the sensible ones. Let’s be real, though, do you think that if Abraham Lincoln, that grew up in a cramped little cabin in the middle of Tim Buck Three, had restricted himself to what was realistic, would he currently be a huge statue in Washington, D.C.? Or on that mountain called RUSHMORE? Don’t think so. Instead of being like, “Don’t dream, you get hurt.” He’s like, “Let’s rise up from this pit to be the best human being alive…plus, let’s throw honesty into the mix. Why not? Sounds good.”

But if you do take my advice to be like Lincoln, which you totally should, don’t get shot at a theater. Stay away from theaters. Just opt for Redbox. It’s cheaper, anyway.

Now, some people doubted the opening of this school. Some think, or even communicated, “Oh, that’s nice, but people don’t just open up schools.” In two years my dad’s aspirations of Providence Christian Academy became a reality. You’ve got to realize that with hard work the things that you thought you could never do, could only be a decision away.

So if your dream in life is that you want that last chocolate chip cookie in the cookie jar, and it’s gone when you go out to the kitchen…there may be some complications, but don’t immediately give up. You’ll get the cookie eventually. Don’t let anything get in the way of that cookie! If you’re out of chocolate chips, go to the store. If your siblings keep stealing the cookies, slap them. (JUST KIDDING! Don’t, I repeat, DON’T slap them). If you can’t bake whatsoever, make someone else bake them for you.

See, there’s always a way to your goals. You know, unless your goal is something physically impossible like, “when I grow up, I want to be a chicken!” Sorry to break it to you, but no amount of hard work will ever make you a chicken.

In essence, if you’re a person being restricted by the realists or the pessimists, don’t fall for their negativity. Being a realist is just a nice way of calling yourself a pessimist. Of course, you need to be REALISTIC about certain things, it’s called common sense. Because no amount of positivity will save you if you scream, “I can fly!” and jump off a cliff.

What I’m saying is the truth…you should never limit yourself, or box yourself in by society’s standards. For example, society says all teenagers are incompetent fools who don’t have enough sense in their bodies to do anything impressive. What they don’t realize is that before World War II there wasn’t any such term as “teenager”. You were either an adult, or you weren’t, which forced kids to grow and take on maturity.

“Teenagers” are the product of this society. Kids see how teens act and naturally think, “Oh, I can just do nothing whatsoever and goof off for six years.” Trust me, I remember being a little kid. All we thought about was growing up or what we’ll be like when we’re teenagers. When they see the big kids acting this way, it suddenly seems fine to follow. It’s just the cultural norm. Then the circle of immaturity continues,  especially when some continue in their childish ways into adulthood.

Of course, going against the grain will be very tough. For everyone, not just teens. People may call you a little naive, or maybe a dreamer for not being satisfied with mediocrity. Come on, though, it’ll be so worth it in the end. Even if you don’t get that chocolate chip cookie, you’ve grown from the experience.

All in all, don’t worry. You definitely don’t have to go the journey alone. Do you think a school came to be without LOADS of amazing, wonderful, and encouraging people (plus God!) working toward this end goal? Nope! Our family has had tons of friends, family, and random donators that have helped this mission, and honestly, it wouldn’t be the same without those people. I’m looking at you, Barb Clark (the wonder librarian…and music teacher, and secretary some days), Mrs. Nancy Peckman (my former second grade teacher that is a legend in the classroom), Mrs. Hussack (my mentor and another magnificent teacher for kids who have special needs), Mrs. Fitzpatrick (our art teacher that made the RENAISSANCE interesting to us), and Mrs. Bookamer (our wonderful secretary that comes in few days a week to help us, she does a fantabulous job!) thank you to all you wonderful  human beings.

Man, it was such a bad choice to start listing people. I can’t possibly list everyone! So, thank you, EVERYONE that has played a part. Grace Baptist Church, you’ve played a huge part, as well.

So the ultimate lesson here is to never let people step on your fire; instead, blaze your own trail. But, really, don’t give up on those chocolate chip cookies. They’re worth it.

…Dang it. Now I want cookies.

Your trusty unorganized blogger signing off! (Because I’ve written entirely too much, sorry not sorry.)

Hannah ”

Yaaay! Guys! Thanks so much for reading and celebrating this exciting 1-year mark with me.

Stick around. We’ve got a lot more fun left to go!

Until next time,

Hannah

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6 thoughts on “The Post that Started it All (Celebrating Wordsmith Observation’s One Year Anniversary!)

  1. You seem like a delightful person. I enjoyed reading this. I’m a newbie to your blog and blogging in general. I’m kind of scared for my one year anniversary to come up, I thought I would have written more by now but I digress. Your cookie analogy was very entertaining but my problem is that I don’t know what I want and I’m scared of finding out what I want, achieving it and then being disappointed by it. I’m quite pessimistic and complacent though, not a good way to go through life but if I start now I can work at breaking these bad habits. What is your advice to deal with disappointment?

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    1. First off, thank you!! Your compliment is so sweet, and you can be sure that it brought a smile to my face. And nooo- don’t apologize! We all write at our own paces..and to be honest, I kind of would have liked to have written a little more, as well. We all will get there and grow our blogs at our own pace. It takes time, love 🙂
      And, yes, I understand your struggle. My own mother struggles with the same thing from time to time. Truth is, disappointment is 100% guaranteed in life. We ALL are going to experience it, without a doubt. We are constantly disappointed: in our family, in our friends, in our circumstances.
      So that brings us to something that I have learned from my parents and what they have learned from theirs: we cannot rely on circumstances and people and jobs to bring us a sense of fulfillment and contentment. This is something that I think all of us deal with from time to time, and wrestle with, so don’t think you are alone ❤
      My advice to you in overcoming this, would be to find an area that you are gifted in- whether it be writing, public speaking, child care, ANYTHING that you think that you excel in or could thrive in, have fun with and run with it! I am a big believer that the people around us and the jobs that we do are placed in our life for a reason and that we can make a difference wherever we are placed in life.
      Instead of trying to find fulfillment in what everything and everyone is doing for us, try to stand firm in confidence and do things that will make a difference in other people's’ lives, as well! We all will gradually feel much better about ourselves when our focus starts to shift on other important things, and on helping others, while using our gifts accordingly. So, if in the end you are disappointed you can say for sure that you made a difference, either way.
      And, yes, negativity is definitely a problem, but don’t beat yourself up about it! The way to get a positive outlook and a positive life takes time and effort every day to shift the way we think to the better things in life. If you usually say “No! I can’t try to be that, because I’d just be disappointed in the end!” Try reminding yourself that the only way you’ll know is if you try, and when you look back at the end of your life you definitely want to think of all that you did do, because you took the risk, instead of all that you wished you would have done.. 🙂
      And the truth is, you’re ALREADY making progress by knowing your problem! You know your problem, analyze, and then conquer it! You got this 🙂 Keep working for those cookies 😉 You’ll find what kind you want along the way..
      I wish you all the best!
      Hannah

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