Self Esteem

Apples, Trees and the Wisdom of Seeds

Apples, Trees and the Wisdom of Seeds

Out of the blue, my daughter said she wanted to buy some seeds, plant them and nurture them in her bedroom window. Actually, she first spouted research about certain houseplants and how they make the air quality better. How I love my Geek, who spends her spare time exploring random stuff that interests her. It is a constant source of fascinating information and always entertaining.

My first response was that we could buy some plants. But Elizabeth insisted on having the experience of growing them from seeds. 

Mean Girls, Mary Poppins and Me

Mean Girls, Mary Poppins and Me

Of the many times in my life I have been bullied by mean girls, the mean mom from my daughter’s elementary school is a stand out.  She was happy to say to my face one day, “We all have a nickname for you.  We call you Heather.”  I was clueless about the reference until I googled it and found the movie The Heathers, the cult classic featuring the hated trio of blonde girls of the same name.

The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

I was at a party with my husband meeting new people. A man I was chatting with asked me about my book.  When I told him the title “No Crown Required” and that it referred to my journey to the Miss America pageant, he said, “I like the Miss U.S.A. pageant.”  Baffled at the statement I asked him why.

“Pile of Cats!”

“Pile of Cats!”

Whenever my daughter or I have a bad day or feel frustrated, sad or mad we call for a “Pile of Cats”! It’s a girl party on my bed where our cat spends most of her days and evenings. We plop ourselves down and wait for our masterfully aloof feline to succumb to being our therapy cat.  She can’t help surrendering to the worship that ensues.