The sun is finally shining! With the first thoughts of summer come the images of vacation. When I was growing up we didn’t really take vacations. We did go several times to Bear Lake, Mich., and stayed in a cottage right across from the lake. I remember those times so clearly even though I was only five or six years old. When we were in our early teens we started camping and every weekend at the lake was a mini-vacation. One year when I was in high school we went to Disney for Christmas.
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I came across an article in one of my online news feeds recently which set forth a list of life regrets that you don’t want to have when you are facing the end of life. Some of them spoke to me. Others, like not traveling enough or not pursuing your dream job, did not. Traveling is OK and I do enjoy seeing new places, but I tend to like being just where I am, in good old Wheeling, W.Va. And I guess I’m a little too practical to pursue a dream job when there are bills to pay. That said, the other “regrets” identified really caused me to pause and think, and I wanted to see what others had to say. After reading quite a few online articles on life regrets, I saw the following “regrets” mentioned over and over again and a theme started to became apparent. See if you can identify it.
It’s that time in life when roles between parent and child start reversing. After saving, planning and carrying out many years of family vacations for my two children and myself, it’s finally paying off!
I’ll admit it: I’ve always had a competitive streak. For as long as I can remember, I’ve played to win. I’ve always been driven to do my best. For better or worse, it’s something that’s worked its way into almost every area of my life.
After the long winter we’ve had it is so good to finally feel the warmth of the sunshine and to see blue skies. I love this time of year when everything is “new” again—the grass is a brilliant shade of green, my magnolia and dogwood are in bloom, and my lilies, tulips, and hostas are all poking up through the ground. In addition to the changes in the temperatures and the foliage, there are many other things going on at our farm. It seems several people I know, including us, spent last week building new fence for the cattle. We have also had 11 newborn calves so far this spring, with three more expected. I’ll admit, despite the fact I have lived on a farm most of my life, I am not a fan of cattle (but I love pigs)! To put it nicely, they are not the brightest of animals. What other animal will go to the farthest boundary of the field, next to a steep hill, to decide to give birth? Apparently ours do, and then what ultimately happens is the newborn calf rolls down over the hill clear to the bottom and can’t get back up to its mother. My son has performed two calf rescues this season, both of them taking place while we were on vacation. I’m glad he was home looking out for things and, thankfully, both babies were okay and are now thriving. I do have to admit that even though cows are not my favorite, the little calves are very cute to watch when they are running and playing in the field.
As I have been going door-to-door over the past few weeks, people have been asking me the same question: “What will be your number one priority as our judge?” I’ve answered that question on multiple occasions in speeches and in private conversation, but for those who are still wondering, I thought it might be helpful for me to answer in this column.
Discussing with my husband why I wanted to delay opening our pool this year with my curious teenager listening, I pled my case with the little information that I knew about the 17-year locust and the fact that this spring marks a year that they will emerge from the ground. I know they will come for a few weeks, be a bit of a nuisance and then be gone, so I just thought we should wait. I certainly don’t want to be out there swatting them away from me or the pool!
Throughout my career as an attorney, I have had the opportunity to speak with many people about very difficult situations in their lives. In these conversations, there have been times where the person I am speaking with has had a strong legal claim and has suffered great damages, but we have not been able to help them. One of the reasons a person may not be able to file a lawsuit is because of something called a statute of limitation.
I hear and see young adult children still living at home a lot these days. (I have one who still lives at home.) People will ask, why do they still live with you? Well, it’s just easier and cheaper for them to live in our homes/basements than to move out on their own. Some are not good with their money and would be evicted and broke before they even moved in to their new place, others have student loans that they have to pay back before they can even think of moving out. Then there are the credit cards that most of them have that they think they don’t need to pay on every month, which will destroy their credit for almost the rest of their lives.
I was driving to the office the other morning listening to the local radio station and the hosts were having a very inspirational discussion about life and how we all have experienced difficulties at one time or another, whether that be death of loved ones, losing a job, illnesses etc. Although those difficult times are hard on us and we probably all wish we could rid ourselves of those life experiences, without those difficulties would we really know how to appreciate the good in life? As I look back on the years past in my life and think about all of the difficulties I have personally experienced, it really inspired me to stop and appreciate what I do have.