I think that I make a lot of my own stress. I'm stressed about the classes I'm teaching. I'm stressed about the bookkeeping I do (which by the way, there really isn't that much to stress over), I'm stressed about the move I'm going to make (ok, there is a LOT to be stressed about), and my family, and my dog (why, why are you trying to lick hotspots on your arms!!!). The list is pretty much endless. Some things give me more stress than others. If I had a little stress reader I'd say that my jobs and my family rank pretty high on why I'm stressed out.
All that being said, when I look at this picture I see a face that has weathered a tough week. The stress (see above) is still bearable. I see a face that smiled even though the hiccups in getting ready to teach were a little overwhelming. I see the face of a strong, proud granddaughter (even if she doesn't feel that way all the time) who will try to bend the universe to make things work for her grandfather and family.
This picture was taken on a milestone day in my grandfather's care. My grandfather will no longer drive his vehicle. When I think about how happy I was to drive, and how long I waited to drive, I'm so sad for him. But, I also know that this is the best thing for everyone. This picture was taken on an important day in my family's history.
I am a stress-filled, average sized person. I live my life as one knotted up little ball of stress- and I know it's bad for me. I heard that garlic will reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease and so I try to eat some when I cam remember it. I'm so stress-filled that when I was working on my two M.A.'s I have my DOG stomach ulcers. Not that his life was hard, just that I was stressed out all the time.
I love family history and the various ways that it can be approached by researchers! I hope that this blog is interesting and inspiring!