Tuesday, August 10, 2010

10 on the 10th!

10 things that make me say "Wow. Just wow."

1. Wastefulness. Got a huge packet of forms in the mail last week for my middle schoolers to fill out and bring to check-in. I tossed more than half of the papers from each packet because they weren't relevant to me. Each packet cost $1.73 to mail. Wonder how much money our funds-challenged district could have saved by making those same forms available online? Wonder why they had even MORE copies of those forms available at check-in. What a waste. Wow. Just wow.

2. TMI. Too much information. Sometimes I wish for the ability to censor people. Wow. Just wow.

3. Overt kindness. I've been on the receiving end of what seems to be a lot of that lately and it is a beautiful thing. Wow. Just wow.

4. Blatant rudeness. I've been on the receiving end of some of this lately as well and wow. Just wow. One thing I'm trying to force myself to do when I'm tempted to react is to cut the other person some slack. Maybe they're having a bad day. Maybe their dad is dying of cancer. Maybe their marriage is failing. Maybe they're stressed out about money. Maybe they're dealing with a troubled child. Maybe they don't know better. Maybe they didn't mean to be rude. Maybe they just need one person to repay their not-so-nice deed with a kind one. 

5. Lightning and rainbows. We've had afternoon thunderstorms every afternoon for over a week. The other night we had an impressive lightning show. We also saw multiple rainbows following our weekend rainstorms. The beauty and strength of nature awes me and often leaves me saying wow. Just wow.

6. Tim Tebow's hair. Have you seen it? Wow. Just wow. I heard he finally got permission to completely shave his head. I bet that prayin' boy was offering up some prayers of thanksgiving because that Friar Tuck look really wasn't working for him.

7. Teen magazines. We went to the library yesterday and when we got home Abbey was reading a teen-ish magazine she checked out. I'm usually pretty careful about what they read but this one slipped by me. She showed me a picture of a tweeny couple and I sat down beside her and flipped through the rest of the magazine and was APALLED. It was way too much for an eight year old and way more than I want my twelve and thirteen year old taking in too. Lots (and lots and lots) of revealing necklines (more like breastlines) and bikini-clad teen celebrities and images that don't enforce positive body image. Lots of discussion about image and relationships and diet and "fashion"--all of which I'd rather them not learn from the pages of a teeny bopper magazine. It was a good heads-up lesson for this mama. Because wow. Just wow.

8. The amount of food my kids eat these days and my subsequent grocery bill. Wow. Just wow. 

9. The amount of money it costs to send kids back to school. Big Wow. Just wow.

10. Grace. That slack that I've been trying to give others up there in #4? Yeah. God offers me a LOT of it. Leaves me saying wow. Just wow. 

If you have a list of ten things--and it can be any kind of list--leave a link to your blog below!


Lauren said...

Seriously, I was CRACKING up at Tebow's hair!!! WOW, just wow!!!! LOL! But he's still cute no matter what :)

FunMom said...

I agree...with all of them! The rudeness always surprises me though. I'm always walk away from over-the-top rudeness with shock.

PS. My link is sort-of cheating...it's a top 12 list (instead of 10), but wanted to be able to participate with ya!

Great list! Thanks, Meredith!

Melissa Stover said...

how much does it cost to send a kid back to free public school? my husband and i were wondering this when we were figuring up homeschool curriculum expenses. he said we should send them to school to save money, i said you don't save in school.

O Mom said...

Ohh I agree with the whole teen magazines thing. I don't even let my 16 year old purchase them!

Anonymous said...

Great list! And I totally agree about the teen magazines--most of them are, in my 11 year old daughter's words, "extreme yuckiness"!

Kecia said...

I agree--wow.

gail said...

great list! i think i may have to join in with this 10 on the 10th =)

Carpool Queen said...

I was on the receiving end of that rudeness last week and I was dumbfounded as well.

Grace, grace, grace.

Mary said...

Oh the TMI... Why do people feel the need to tell me things that I wouldn't even tell my obgyn? Seriously!

Michele said...

LOVED this post! I'm right there with you on the grocery bill. Where do my kids put it all? And, as always. . . God's grace makes me saw Wow over and over again too!

Stephanie said...

At least I got this done on the 10th this month!


Nancy said...

#8 - mine was actually less than the norm this week at the store; the multiple friends that I've been feeding all summer haven't been here as of late.

#9 - Um, yeah...I'm bleeding money right now.

Elizabeth said...

Ditto on all of it, except Tebow's hair. I haven't seen it!

Katrina @ Pics, Pages & Purls said...

I'm so with you wastefulness! Love lighting and rainbows...
Tebow's hair was pretty funny.
sorry about the people being rude.
I really do love Grace!!!

Kendra said...

Why do I never notice when it's the 10th of the month until it's too late! What is wrong with me!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Yep, wow, pretty much.

Unknown said...

You're so creative with you WOW theme.

I agree about Tim Tebow...I said wow as well. And was VERY glad I'm not a footbal player who has to go through initiation!

Loved your wow over thunderstorms...that's one of the things I miss about AZ: Monsoons. Love a good summer thunderstorm.