The most important thing I have learned as a person this year is… just ask.
I come from a long line of hearty New England stock and I was raised with the notion that you don’t
ask, for ANYTHING. If you can’t do it yourself or afford to buy it yourself, you figure out a way to
do it yourself or buy it yourself or you go without.
I lived by that rule for the first 37 years of my life.
Then my mother passed away, completely unexpected, at age 57;
Joining my father, who had passed at age 53 – exactly 6 and 1/2 years before.
All of a sudden I couldn’t breathe. And everything I wanted in life seemed urgent..
Now, I’m not talking about material things.
I am talking about a quality education for my daughters.
Something for me to do with my time, now that my daughters
were growing up and growing wings…
To be happy, on a daily basis.
To embrace life and live it to the fullest –
most importantly, to find out what that meant to me.
So I started asking.
I asked if I could go back to college.
Admissions and financial aid said, “Yes, here’s how.”
I asked if there was a way my daughters could go to
a school whose hours and curriculum would fit my
daughters’ needs for learning and mine for scheduling.
The principcal said, “Yes, and here’s how.”
I asked if there was something that could be done about
the daily pain I lived with, caused by my [old] hip injury.
My doctor said, “Yes, and here’s who you need to talk to.”
The orthopedic surgeon said, “Yes, and here’s the plan”
People asked me “Can I order cupcakes from you for my party?”
I said, “Yes, you can!” and “Thank you very much.”
When I saw a facebook status from another mom in the school having a horse and pony
at her children’s kindergarten graduation…
I asked if she would like a cupcake tower.
She asked me to DM her.
The result was this remarkably wonderful County Fair kindergarten graduation party.
Which wouldn’t have been complete without THESE
farmstand milk bottles + Yankee Doodle paper straws:
Which I spotted online at http://www.shopsweetlulu.com and just HAD to have. Except it
was 5 days before the event and I didn’t have $90+ to overnight them – so I asked
Jesse if she could guarantee I’d get them in time if I ordered them with 3 day
She said yes.
And I did!
So if I could pass one sweet morsel of knowledge,
not necessarily party related, along to our readers
it would be this…