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Daily Prompt: All About Me/The Daily Post

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

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My blog title comes from my initialsx10661944

Marilyn Kay Griffin

M= Memories

K= Keepsakes

G= Gifts

These are things that represent me and my passions

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I first used this on my invoices when I was doing some painting jobs for a couple of Public Schools… and also for individuals in their homes…

I painted the first and second floor hallways for an Elementary School… depicting school scenes/activities… with children…

and also many areas of the Middle School I worked at… The court-yard outside… and many areas throughout the schoollibrary… hallways… fish tank base…etc. …

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When I decided to start a blog when I retired… I felt the name I already had was  a great fit

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Memories of childhood and events in my life…

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Keepsakes I talk about given to me by some very special people… and items I’ve collected that I cherish for their uniqueness…

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Gifts that I make for people … gifts I have received… gifts that I make special when wrapping…

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So you see… This is me!… a hint of what I like to do and who I am…

Some of my Special ( Favorite) Things

Memory…

Sometimes we look around and see some things that we would never get rid of…

People who know me… are probably saying that I keep everything!… Not, so!… They truly do have to have some special meaning to me…

Believe it or not… glancing around I found only a few… I’m sure there are more… but, these jumped out at me and I will tell you “why” they are special …

This is “Sugar”… She was a puppy… a little ball of fur… when I first saw her… and I knew immediately … “She was mine!”… The boys were around 9 and 10 years old… and we had her for 16 years… until I had to have her put to sleep…

She moved with us from our first home to the home we live in now… She was the best dog… and I have not had another dog since… So you see… she was special!

This is a little clay figurine my Granddaughter, Taylor… who is almost 18 years old… bought for me when she was in Elementary School… She bought it at the Santa Shop and gave it to me for Christmas… I guess you know…”I think it is just beautiful!”… She liked the “chicken”… Surrounded by numerous veggies picked from the garden and standing on a old chair… She said, “I know you like animals like me”… and I said, “I certainly do!”

This little figurine sat on this little shelf that my Dad made just for her… in the house I grew up in… Daddy bought anything that caught his eye … and always had a little plan as to what he was going to do with it… and where it would be going… He always said this little girl reminded him of me… Of course I didn’t have red hair… or freckles… but, I did love to play in our creek and pretend to fish… Her pole had gotten misplaced… so I added that from my yard and the little glass fish that I thought would look cute… She is porcelain… and has survived with no chips or cracks for about 50 years… She has a hole under her that attaches to a screw that he put on the shelf… This keeps her from slipping off… I didn’t want furniture or big items when my parents passed… These small things are what I think is special… with a little story about them…

“Just Listen!”…

I’ve had time away from my blogging … I talked to God   last night about that … I told Him, “I love to write… I love to come up with ideas for my blog… I enjoy it!… But, with this stupid… yes, I said stupid! …sciatic nerve … I can’t sit for very long in one place… So my blogging has had to take back seat as they say!”… I asked Him, “Why is something taken away from me that I love so much?…Will I be able to enjoy it again?”… I try to listen for answers … and He usually is pretty loud and clear! … He said, “Yes, in due time you will get your love for blogging back… but, you will need to do it in shorter intervals… Don’t let it take you away from your family … They need you!… Don’t let it keep you from being outside in the beautiful world I created  … It is for YOU that I made it… Don’t let your love for blogging come before everything else… Me included!…We can love to do things… we can love people…we can love our jobs… we can love our hobbies…but, don’t let them devour you”… I listened to His words…always simple… always very clear and to the point… So now it is up to me to abide and follow his heed … Sometimes it takes a good wake up call to get into my one mindedness… Just listen! … He is always giving us good advice and a clear direction!

“My Kids!”…

Sometimes I do listen and react to what is right for me…When I left Bell South to stay home with my kids… I don’t regret it!…When I took the job at an elementary school I don’t regret it!…When I decided to go to TJ Middle School I don’t regret it!… When I kept the same job for 30+ years … I don’t regret it!… I now see the direction God had for me before I even had a clue …Good advice and clear direction… Thanks to my Heavenly Father … “Just listen!”

“Graduation Day”…

My grandson, Carson  is graduating…I can’t wait to see him march down the aisle with his friends …Wearing his cap and gown …He is so handsome…the prettiest eyes  ever…and his smirky cute grin wins my heart over and over…He’s grown up so fast…I was just holding him on my lap in the swing …he was just a baby…I snuggled him , fed him his bottle , changed him, gave him a bath and got up with him if he fussed or cried when he spent the night…All of a sudden he was turning over on the blanket on the floor…then crawling …and finally those first steps …Busy! …I remember him following his “Poppy” around outside …I was second fiddle to his Poppy  soon after those first steps were taken…He liked all that stuff that men do…lawn mowers, trimming the grass, working on cars , washing cars , being in the shed with all those tools… He loved riding in his Poppy’s truck …especially in the little seats in the back…just his size…and opening up the sliding window …He felt so big !…Away to the convenient store they would go to buy a drink or a piece of candy…If he got tired he would crawl up into his lap and go to sleep…I was somewhat jealous… but, I just kept looking on …and enjoying the sight … My husband and his little “Bob the Builder…I loved it for my husband…I had the girls that came before Carson…that would be Taylor and Kennedy  …and they were pretty much “mine!”…Girly stuff …and Grandma was fun in pretending, dress up , drawing and painting shopping!…Then all of a sudden “Grandma” became fun to Carson too…She was great at coming up with neat things to do…It was a toss-up  then …to go to with Grandma and look for crafty stuff… his favorite $1.00 store or stay and watch Poppy and Dad put brakes on the car  and change the oil … What a decision??? I won that day with some persuasion that the men would still be there working when he got back…I’ve been to Carson’s other graduation …It was so neat watching him and his friends marching down the aisle in their blue and white gowns …Oh, did I tell you??? Carson is graduating from Kindergarten …and his other graduation Day was from Pre-school …Just think I’ve got Elementary School , Middle School , High School and College graduations to attend…”I can’t wait!”

“My Kids!”…

It’s time for my special kids graduation  from T.J. Middle School …It’s the first year that I wasn’t with them …I missed all of the things they learned…all of the places they went to…all of the talking during class time…all of the mischief they got into…all of the things that happened to them…all of the stories they told…all of the events they attended …and now it’s time for some of these great kids to move on to High School …I have been wondering why I’ve been so blue this week…and I finally I know why…it’s this time of year…This was probably the busiest time we had at school…end of year testing …end of year parties …end of year evaluations…end of year cleaning …last-minute field trips…finding out what classes you needed to take during the summer …Yes, I believe I’m sad! …I think the end of my first year of retirement  has gotten me homesick for what I had done for so long…I will visit “my kids” next week at their Graduation luncheonat school…talk to parents and teachers I haven’t seen since last May…get some hugs …maybe take a few pictures…Watch the students glow as they are honored for their achievements …No, I wasn’t the one to make out their certificates this year…I didn’t decorate their Graduation Cake …I didn’t shop for their little gifts …I am now a “bystander”…standing and watching as they move on in new directions …I will not come again to see “my kids”…They are “Graduatingand so am I!