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Happy Pants

On occasion, I like to wear happy pants. I like them because they are comfortable and most of all, because they bring a smile to my face at unexpected times throughout my day.

What are happy pants? Well, they are fun pairs of underwear that always have bright colours on them and often include fun phrases and pictures on them. They make me happy because I often forget after getting dressed in the morning that I have them on and then throughout the day, when going to the washroom, I am quickly reminded of the happiness that is hiding beneath my pants.

My favourite pair were bright green with even brighter pink trim on them. On the front was an old fashioned pink gun (like from the Wild West!) and on the back, the words “Shoot ’em up!”

I really wish I had a picture of these but unfortunately, awhile back, I decided I needed to be more mature and I got rid of all of my happy pants. After having written this though, I think I just may go out to Walmart and buy some new ones. Stay tuned for Happy Pants – Part Deux.

Kelry

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My First Assignment

Learning to Love Yourself is a website that includes 68 assignments that anyone can complete. They range from making movies and songs to re-creating phone conversations you wish you had and giving advice to yourself from the past.

This is assignment #63. Make an encouraging banner.

I decided to start with this one because of the way I was feeling at the time. I was feeling loved so I decided to make something that I thought others should read and be reminded of.

The cool thing about these assignments is, that it just goes to prove that if you give anyone a venue or medium, they will dig to the inner depths of their soul to express themselves.

Kelry

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Only Me!

Every once in awhile, we are reminded of just how small the world is. This happens usually when we run into people or meet people with whom we discover an odd coincidence. My story is similar to that but in the fashion that typically accompanies my life, it has an odd and creepy twist.

I seem to have a familiar face. I hear it all the time. People tell me I look familiar and ask me if I’ve taught other places, done certain activities or been to other places. I wasn’t surprised when, upon meeting my next door neighbour’s girlfriend, she stated that she thought she knew me from somewhere. I shrugged it off at the time thinking that I wouldn’t really see her again (people have a strange way of hiding from eachother in my building) and secretly hoped it wasn’t true since I have heard them…uh…frolicking a few times in the past.

I ran into her again last night and she said with confidence “I finally know where I know you from”. Hesitantly, I replied “yes?” I know that I physically cringed when I said this because she pointed it out to me later. Flashes of the sounds I heard that kept me awake at night filled my head as I braced myself for her answer.

“You taught me at (school name here).”

Are you kidding me? You mean, not only do I feel old because my ex-student is living next door to me but I am actually listening to moans of ecstasy coming from an old student??

I somehow managed not to vomit as I shrunk back into my condo. A smile came to my face when I realized that this story is just so typical of things that happen to me.

Kelry

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Happy Birthday to Me!

It seems to be that as people age, the reaction to their own birthday seems to change. Moving with the stages of life, there seem to be age appropriate responses to birthdays.

1 – 4 years old
The child seems either to be oblivious of their own birthday or at best, marginally aware that there is an event taking place that seems to honour their very existence.

5 – 13 years old
Children realize and then become very familiar with this birthday thing. It is something to be excited about, to look forward to and to plan. At this stage, children may even make special birthday requests (i.e., certain kind of cake, special gift, dinner at a specified location etc.) Children this age will even announce their birthday in advance to people and may even wear a special pin or hat to demonstrate to everyone else just how special they are.

14 – 18 years old
While children at this age pretend that birthdays are no big deal, they still secretly get excited about them. Being much too cool to show that they are excited to have a special day dedicated just to them, they may claim to want no special treatment at all. I assure you, this is not a reflection of how they really feel. While they may not want to wear a birthday crown or pin, they relish in receiving special gifts and doing special things with friends and family.

19 – 30 (approx.)
At this age, people are more into the celebrations than the gifts themselves. Sometimes planning elaborate events for either themselves or eachother, they go to great lengths to ensure celebration is in order and a good time is had by all. 30 seems to mark the end of these extravagent engagements as a final hoorah, bidding farewell to youth once and for all.

31 – 79 (approx.)
I find this the most depressing phase. The assumed behaviour seems not only to lack in general excitement regarding birthdays, but an actual dread at aging another year. How tragic! Generally people seem only to go through the motions of any special birthday surprises. They politely thank people for cards, dinners and gifts and focus only on adding another year to the total.

80 – 100 (approx.)
This phase marks another exciting time. This seems to combine phases one and two together. Some people are blissfully unaware that there is a day dedicated solely to them and yet still seem to be excited about it. People at this age truly start to love gifts, special meals, cake and especially wearing something special that marks their birthday. They don’t care about adding another year, only about having fun and celebrating themselves!

I get so excited about my birthday, I can hardly sleep a few nights leading up to it. I usually start a mental countdown. I insist on celebrating in both little and big ways. I buy myself a birthday present every year, I take myself out for coffee and I treat myself to some special things. I spread my birthday celebrations out over many days and ride on the wave of the happiness and joy that it brings for as long as possible. I announce very loudly (and to many people) that my birthday is coming up and can often be found wearing a tiara in front of strangers….and most of all…I don’t care how old I am. I get better and better with age, both at figuring out life and find I only appreciate the little things more and more.

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The missing ingredient

While I have tried to keep my dating life out of this forum, I simply cannot ignore what is fast becoming and all-consuming topic on my mind lately.

Chemistry. What is it exactly?

As I’ve now gone on four dates with…let’s call him Fred – I am continually confused about the path that this is taking. Here’s the scoop so far.

Date #1: – Dinner at a local restaurant.

Initial impressions – tall…good. decent looking…also good.

Conversation was good, not much humour but it was the first date. He didn’t try any
funny business either which automatically granted him a second date.
Date #2: – Dinner at a different restaurant.

Impressions – He seemed more relaxed. A few light jokes were exchanged (mostly
on my part).

Conversation was good again. No kiss, no hug, no nothing but at this point, I was still
ok with that.
Date #3: – A drink at a local pub.

Impressions – Conversation was good. We talked politics – what could be better?

Nothing special happened on this one either.
Date #4: – A walk down by the lake followed by dinner at my place.

Impressions – Conversation was fine, dinner was fine, everything was fine…

Nothing special happened on this date either!

Ok, so my questions now are: When do I decide whether or not to stick with it? Does chemistry happen right away or does it develop over time? What is chemistry?

Here are my impressions of the basic ingredients to chemistry:

Humour
Physical appearances
Common interests

But it is not just the appearance of these simple ingredients that create a successful connection. I believe there has to be some sort of unique combination of all three with a smattering of some other surprises (i.e., personality quirks, romanticism etc.)

Humour is big on my list. I think I need to find someone who shares my quirky, ridiculous sense of humour. One of my most famous lines to an ex was: “I know you don’t think I’m funny but I think I’m funny.” It’s true. I do think I’m funny and I’m often attracted to people I think are funny.

With regards to physical appearances: I believe a person either gets better looking or worse looking as you get to know them. Fred is not really becoming more attractive to me.

So, the question I’m stuck on is: “How long does a person wait to see if chemistry is going to develop?”

The answers I get come in the contradictory advice offered up by family and friends.

“You’ll know right away”
“It takes time to develop”
“The ones that develop the slowest last the longest”
“If you don’t feel the connection right away, it won’t ever be there”

I know I spend way too much time over analyzing this issue and I continue to welcome any advice, opinions or shared stories so let me know what you think!

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