It is so different today witnessing the day of a child. There is a huge difference from the 1970’s to 2011. When I was a mom( early 70’s ) in this small Pennsylvania town the country farm existed all around me. Mom’s were busy trying to decide if they really wanted to work in the home raising children or out in the community working 9-5! It was much more about freedom and not money. Today, I would suspect it is much more about money and trying to survive. People in the past and today do not realize just how much one in the home raising children should be paid! A mom in the home has never really been valued in America. Historically it was observed as more of a right of passage and not a respected position. Women got married and raised the children and that is just what they did. Today we find the nanny, the day care worker and even the dad raising our children. My perception is that for the most part it is day cares that are raising our children. For this reason alone I choose to recognize Bright Beginnings, my grand-children’s Day Care Center. If you perhaps feel undervalued please know you are now alone. I once was raising children and realized how lonely and under valued of a job it can be. You indeed have the most valuable job of our society. You have the gift to nurture a child and as an Oma I thank you. You started these seedlings in the Spring and we have nurtured them along all summer. You have also started a seedling as a being and that is my grand-daughter. Thank you! You have given to a child and to a grand-mother the gift of nature and I thank you. Along with Olivia, Sofia and Liliella of course!
Howdy is what greets me today as I sit down at word-press to share my special new encounter. Sun Hunter was a thoroughbred race horse and now he is a part of my life. I purchased this rescued horse from After the Races with a Horse Adoption Agreement on June 23rd, 2011. After the Races is at 1451 Prizer Road, Pottstown, PA 19465. Continue reading
I started out in what seemed like the wee hours of the morning or at least it felt like it. I went to bed early at about 9:30 p.m. last night and perhaps this is why I was awake by 1 a.m. There I sat awake with my knitting. Checked my face book pages and balanced my checking account. Good, I have some money ready for the auction in the morning. Back into bed by four and fell into a deep sleep. With the sound sleep I was not sure I even cared to travel to the button auction. Up and out I went! Destination Blue Ball, PA. The thought of traveling the road to Amish Country is always an incentive to get me on my merry way. Arrived at the Blue Ball Fire House just a couple of minutes late.
Registered and now with the number 47. All set to place a bid when some pretty buttons should appear. Not such luck! It was just not meant to be. Stuck in shock! I held my number down and was sure not to move my hands so as not to confuse the auctioneer. Bids started usually at $12 – 20 and quickly climbed to $150 and more. These buttons are neatly attached to a manilla file folder and usually contain about 12 – 20 buttons per sheet. Neatly tucked into plastic for protection. Can you imagine my shock and disappointment when the bids brought in any where from $150 to $500 over and over again for almost 5 hours! What happened to the good deal to be found? After all unemployment has run high for a couple of years now. Jobs are suppose to be hard to find, no? How are all these people spending this much money for buttons. Surely these people must be collectors and dealers?
By about 1:30 I decided it was time to move on. Tucked inside the car was my Nikon D80 and surely a little fun with Photography must be the plan God intended today. As I walked out the door the last word heard was do I hear $625?
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