Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Emerita Valdes - Simday 20

40 simyears old

I'm having a ball watching my kids grow up and turn into handsome and beautiful, confident teenagers. They have completely turned their grades around from last time, and they make sure to study and do their homework on time. And I'm blessed that they get along so well. Great kids.

But, where is my life going? I need to do some soul-searching to figure out what I want to do. Pretty soon they'll be gone and it'll just be me left all alone with no one to talk to. Maybe I could help Ed down at the car lot.

I'm always throwing parties. Ed says I need to slow down and stop trying to be the center of attention.

I asked him how can I ever slow down and steal a moment for myself? He and the kids are always bothering me and asking me to do something that they could very well do for themselves!

I happily go shopping and cook for the entire apartment, including the new guy downstairs, Ray.

He says he misses his momma's home cooking, and mine reminds him of hers. So I cook him breakfast and take it down there. Only, on one particular morning, my daughter had beat me to it. She looked as surprised to see me as I was to see her. I asked her what she was doing there and she told me Ray helps her with her homework. I'm so glad to know that a genuine FENSA Society member lives in the building! How wonderful is that?!

A trip to City Hall got me thinking about the fact that I do-do-do for my family and everybody else and I hardly ever get anything in return.

I stay at City Hall's Gift Shop so much, Sabien stopped me one day and asked me if I worked there! LOL! I buy up gifts all the time because I never know when I might need one. He asked me what I planned on doing once my kids left the nest, they're growing so fast. That's when it hit me that I hadn't thought about it.

I had nothing to say, so turning an awkward situation into something positive, I invited Sabien over for some of my award-winning chili. You all may remember I won 2nd place in the Chili Cook-Off at last year's Food Expo event. They gave me a silver trophy and everything!

Well, Sabien loves it! He says it's, "Not too rich, and not too's just right!" Ed says it gives him gas.

I say all that to say this...I've got a lot of talents, I just have to figure out which one I want to focus on.

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