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Z = Zippity Skippity

Zippity Skippity….Yes I actually say these two words as a way to express my excitement. Allow me to use it in a sentence…

“Zippity Skippity I am finished with the A – Z Challenge!”

I have truly enjoyed this challenge and even though it was more time consuming than I expected I will likely do it again next year.

Thank you to everyone that stopped by my blog during this past month. And a special thanks to everyone that took time to comment. I am excited to say that I’ve met several new bloggers (possibly even friends) through this challenge.

This is a photo of me sharing my “Zippity Skippity” jump!

Yep...that's a jump!

Yep…that’s a jump!

The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!

Y = Youth

“Youth is wasted on the young” – George Bernard Shaw

It is so true.

I recently turned 52. How did that happen?

Every now and then it dawns on me that I’m not getting a re-do.
I’ll never get a chance to jump or run like I did as a child.
Driving is a necessity….its not exciting like it was at 16.
I’ll never see my twenties again (that’s probably good…I didn’t treat them well).
Any chance I had of giving birth to my own child is long gone.

When I look back on my youth I question why I made some decisions.
What if I turned right instead of left. What person would I be if I had not walked away from a bad situation or walked into a place of peace.

Sometimes its hard to picture every little instant and every little step that brought me to this age and this moment.

Youth is long gone. But my future is bright. When I turn 82 I will look back at the youth of 52….my goal is to enjoy every possible moment in between.

The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!

X = ??

Why do we have letters in our alphabet that make it hard to complete the A – Z challenge?

I have thought about this pesky little letter all day….and I’ve got nothing!!

Of course different words came to mind….but I could not seem to get my creative juices running. So tonight, with a touch of sadness, I admit defeat!

However, the letter X isn’t really a winner…it is simply a letter that chose to make my day a bit more challenging!

2 days remain of this A – Z challenge. The good news is the X is over…the next 2 letters will be much easier.

I will spend the next year searching for an X post…so A – Z 2016 will be successful!!

The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!

W = Walk

I walk in memory of my Aunt Kathleen. I walk to honor those that continue to fight.

walk

I’ve walked hundreds of miles….training.

training

I walk to find a cure.

find cure

I walk 60 miles in 3 days. 

3 days

Training will start next month. This will be my 4th year to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day walk for breast cancer. Between May and November I will walk hundreds of miles with my teammates and friends. We will laugh, cry, doctor blisters, stretch sore muscles and buy new shoes. We each walk for a different reason. Some of us are survivors, some of us walk in memory of loved ones, some of us walk to honor people fighting breast cancer….all of us walk to raise money for a cure.

2 feet

It only takes 2 feet and the willingness to walk. When my 2 feet join thousands of other feet…we walk and we make a difference!

The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!

V = Victory

Everyone is a winner at Special Olympics!

Well I came close to being the first “non-winner” at a Special Olympics event.

Sonya and I signed up to play Unified Bocce Ball. Unified sports gives those of us without a disability the opportunity to play a sport with an individual with a disability.
Sonya had played Bocce ball. As a matter of fact she had traveled to Ireland to play in the international Special Olympics Bocce Ball tournament. I had never played Bocce Ball. But how hard could it be? I had played every other type of sports throughout my life….this was like bowling on grass….how hard could it be? (did I already say that?)

About half-way through the tournament it was obvious I was dragging us down. Sonya politely and clearly said to me…”I want a medal!”
I realized I needed to step up my game…and quick!

Fortunately I was able to pull it together and play up to Sonya’s standards. We were able to place third and receive a bronze medal!

Me and Sonya on the winner's podium.

Me and Sonya on the winner’s podium.

The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!

U = University

It never dawned on me as a child that I would attend a university. I came from a family of farmers and blue collar workers. In my childhood home academics were not stressed and the future was something that simply happened…it wasn’t planned for.

Around my junior year in high school colleges began hinting that I might want to play for their school. It was not for my academic ability but for my athletic ability. I had been playing competitive volleyball on a travel team since I was a Freshman.
My Senior year a local newspaper reporter was interviewing me about our undefeated season. Suddenly he asked me where I planned to attend college. I had no idea what to say. I loved the idea of going to college but my grades were extremely average and I had little motivation to actually study.

By the end of my senior year in high school I had been offered a full ride scholarship to play volleyball for a division II school (Wright State University). I made it through about a year and a half of school….lettered in volleyball my freshman year but failed many classes. I quickly realized I was woefully unprepared for college and dropped out.

It took me quite a few years to realize how important a degree from the university would be in my chosen field. I began taking classes at the local junior college as I could afford them. And slowly began learning how to study and I learned to love learning. After (many) years of piece-mealing together classes I finally completed my Associates Degree.

Finishing my Bachelor’s Degree (University of Texas at Arlington) would be too expensive and I would never finish if I  tried  to pay for it on my salary….so I took out student loans and by the time I turned 48 I graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work….Oh, and did I mention I graduated with honors?!

Me and Mom

Me and Mom

T = TnT

T = TnT = Tree & Tina

It seems so obvious….my partner and I are both “T” people. So we quickly adopted TnT as a way to represent us as a couple.

Chub Lake, Ontario

Chub Lake, Ontario

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo TX

Tree & Tina.....us!

Tree & Tina…..us!

The A – Z Challenge will run through April. Each day is a different letter and a different photo…I hope you all enjoy!