LOOKING FOR AN IN WITH THE OUTSIDER

Only one celebrity inspired me to write a fan letter C. Thomas Howell.  I was in 8th grade, an outcast in my new school (5th new school in 8 years), and he played an outcast high school Greaser in a little story turned big movie.

Be still my heart!
Thanks Fanpop.com for the great shot!

While it boasted a pile of heartthrobs, his heart of gold stood out. I never finished that letter but it probably went something like this:

“Dear C. Thomas,

Do you prefer Christopher or Thomas?  I wanted to tell you that I loved you in The Outsiders, and E.T.! It must be really cool being a movie star, but I love that you still take time for your horses!  I ride too! English, mostly, except when I hit the trails in my western saddle or bareback. If you’re ever in San Diego, please look me up – we have great trails!”

I settled for one-way conversation from the big screen to my heart, but was heartbroken when I didn’t hear much from him after Red Dawn!

Wolverine!
Seriously, they remade this?!

No surprise, then, one of thing I love about Raani York’s blog is her Letters to Celebrities!  She thinks of everything you want to ask or bring up to smack sense into celebrities, not just adoring them as I did.  I know some celebrities who need her to give it to them real! The thing that I love most about her nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award in May is that she proudly calls herself a writer.  For me to get recognition from someone in a position that I’m striving for feels amazing! So Thank You, Raani, for your support, your publications and fun letters!

Ironically, 20 years after penning my letter, I stood in line at a grocery store at the next cashier over from C. Thomas Howell.  Did I talk to him? No after such a long time with a one-way conversation, I didn’t know what else to do but check out imdb.com and to see what he’s been up to and what he might be filming in my neighborhood.

We haven’t aged a day!

I was pleasantly surprised that he’s been working steadily this whole time so now I have 20 years of catching up to do!

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GRATITUDE SUNDAYS: DO OVERS

Everyone’s said “If I knew then what I know now…” While one can’t “refresh” life’s events, life often presents second chances! So, again, I seized the silent moment – between the finish line of the weekend, and the starting line for the next one – to reflect on the gifts thrown in my path.

TOP OF MY HEAD GRATITUDE LIST:

1) High School – Facebook reconnected me with many early friends that I’d lost touch with. It also put me in touch with others that I wish I’d known better, even a high school crush – we now tease each other with it. Social media provides the opportunity to set up mini reunions and return to High School with new appreciation for what we all experienced and stronger interest in who we became!

2) Family Dinners – I suspect I’m not the only one whose kids’ come home from their other parent’s or grandparents’ homes and need time to transition. My kids don’t get blatantly disrespectful; they’re just grouchy and tired, which leads to weepy. After too much whining over games, I sent one to shower, one to clean up, and I immediately cleared our dinner table. We’d eaten in front of the TV the last 2 busy weeks because I spread our taxes across the table. By the end of the meal we were laughing over Lauren’s faces, or Carson’s Chewbacca’s sounds or jokes at my expense.

3) Memories – When I first got divorced, filing away the past 16 years of memories challenged me. I was determined to get to a place where I could own the path I traveled and not feel like I must steer around certain neighborhoods. Obviously time and distance helped, but working at a university helps too – being able to share my experiences from that dividing point in my life and career helps me remember my path.

4) Perspective. Don’t beat yourself up if you think of the perfect line after you leave the conversation. There’s a good chance your paths will cross again.

Again, this merely scratched the surface and I’m grateful for many more Sundays to continue to call out those moments that I’m most grateful for. What are you grateful for?

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