My long term memory isn’t very strong. I’m known for forgetting names and childhood events, but there are some moments that stick out very clearly in my mind. Like when I went to the pediatrician and heard him say that I was 113lbs. I heard him tell my mom that was too much for me to weigh for a 6th grader, and I remember feeling humiliated.
I grew up chubby. I hated having to play sports or go to dance class because I was typically one of the biggest girls there and could feel judgement, even as a kid. Having to participate in organized activities was embarrassing. I remember being on the swim team and being the last one to finish my laps, everyone clapping so as to cheer for me, but only feeling shame.
I'm spending Valentine's evening with my boys, ages 2 & 4, and I have every intention of making it special. I love themes and parties (and getting my boys dressed up). Any other mamas out there love a great time?
Don't feel like you have to sacrifice Valentine’s Day, just because you’re not planning a fancy 4-course meal at a ocean front restaurant with a sexy dress on. Make magic at home while making memories with your kids.
Here’s what I have in store for my handsomes…
I tooootally get it. Things that are different are often perceived as WEIRD and maybe even wrong. Like those strange toe shoes…they look crazy right? But hey, that is the JAM for some folks. Isn’t that one of the coolest things in life – different strokes for different folks?
You might like pepperoni on your pizza and I might like veggies. I’m not going to hate you if you offer me a slice. I’ll just politely decline and appreciate that you even thought of me. Yet, there is a really big STIGMA attached to something nowadays that has got some folks undies in a bunch, and I’m hoping to deflate that a little in this article.
Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.