Sunday, April 29, 2007

What Have You Learned This Week?

What I learned this week...

1) As you know, we lost a friend last week. Her memorial service was beautiful and truly honored the person she was. I was reminded that during ultimate crisis, it is possible to maintain your dignity. It is possible to die beautifully, peacefully, and confidently. Learn from tragedy, become a stronger and better person, don't wallow in self pity. It is possible. Melissa taught us this.

2) If you are thinking about having children, do not offer to babysit a newborn. You will not want children after the fact. Even if he is a perfect baby, he will be an incredible amount of work. Nothing else will be accomplished in your day besides changing your outfit at least 3 times after being puked on, peed on, and 'everything else-ed' on. I learned this week to admire all mothers and fathers. Whether you stay home full time with your baby or you work and come home to your are my hero! If in fact you work at home and have a baby, would you kindly let me know how in the world you do it?!

3) If it is the first beautiful weekend for you to plant flowers, don't plant them all in one day. Your hands, arms, and back have gone soft over the winter. Take it slow, otherwise you will HURT all over for days afterward!

4) Tennis shoes should be worn with socks. Period.

5) The price of flowers has gone prepared.

6) Finally, I learned this week that there is nothing more beautiful than the sound of newborn finches 'laughing' inside your newly installed bird house. Spend five minutes one evening watching and listening to a mother bird feed her young. You will be glad you did.

Oh one more thing I learned...there are many people in this world that do not appreciate this punctuation mark (...). Personally, I love it.

What did you learn this week?


Peter O'Connell said...


I learned 18 months ago not to be afraid of the peeing and pooping, the spit up or the crying.

These are the sacrifices every parent gladly makes to experience the seemingly God-like epiphany of becoming a parent (whether through birth or adoption).

Caring for a baby is wonderful, but when it’s YOUR baby you are caring’s a completely different (and yes often exhausting) experience. That baby is yours….you are a family and you will have created a bond that cannot be broken even by death or silly human frailty (saying dumb things, doing dumb things etc).

When you feel it in your heart that its time for your own baby (and ONLY when you feel it in your heart) go for it.

Best always,

Kara Edwards said...


Thank you for your comments! I was warned about the pee, so that was my fault. The spit up was a given. The poop? Totally caught me off gaurd! What are diapers FOR anyway??

Actually, I loved having the little guy around (he is 3 months and full of expression). I believe it was because of the strange location (my house) that he would not let me put him down. I don't think he does that at home.

I thought I was ready NOW to have kids, but this showed me I have more to accomplish in my voice over business first.

Maybe next year...:) It is nice to know it is all worth it in the end!

Kara said...

Kara, I have just learned that at three minutes and four seconds after 2am on the 6th of May this Sunday, the time and date will be 02:03:04 05/06/07. This will never happen again.

Hopefully, later on Sunday Peter and I will be celebrating the Sabres' game 6 victory against the New York Rangers to move into the NHL's final four!

Take care,

Kara Edwards said...


Now THAT is something interesting to learn :)

Go Sabres! Sorry, I'm not much of a sports fan- but go team go!