Tuesday, April 19, 2011


When you are growing up there are those ahead of you who try to tell you
and warn you about the puzzles and pitfalls.  But who listens to them when they 
have no idea how much a mess your life is?  
So you carry on and find surprise and misery at
every turn.  There are paths and quicksand and bridges and 

  Good things come your way but sometimes you need help to get at them.

Life is not all bumps and tumbles.  There is a lot of joy right in front of you.

Almost anything good ...

...can be overdone.

* * * * * * * * 
Other things I might have been told but I didn't believe.

♥ Even though you focus on the imperfections--
the body you have when you are twenty isn't so bad.

♥ People who talk behind your back are seldom talking about you.
And if they are, it usually doesn't matter.

♥ It is really true.  Your friends are your future.

♥ Before you get all upset; honestly ask yourself, 
"Will this matter one year from now?
How about one month?
One week?"

♥ Don't compare yourself to others.
They are more messed up than you think.

♥ If we are always guided by others' thoughts,
what is the point of having our own?

♥ Once you carry a child inside you, that child
will be a part of you for the rest of your life.

 ♥ The music you live by in your teen-age years
--no matter how bad and how cheezy--
becomes your forever favorite.

♥  Good nature is more important than good looks.

♥ Big changes in your life usually start with small decisions.
Permanent changes--good or bad--often happen gradually.


Deborah Moore said...

What wonderful words of wisdom. And brilliant photos as alway, to tell the story

Anonymous said...

oh i am laughing at your adorable photos. who can blame the wee one for wanting to be stuck in?

frayed at the edge said...

I love the photos!! And I love your words of wisdom!

Anonymous said...

Oops - wasn't paying attention (I was watching a big fat pigeon in the garden!) and managed to leave the comment with my google ID!!

elizabeth said...

Such wisdom, Leenie!
Hope you are feeling better?


Carla said...

LOVE the pictures of that first birthday baby!! Joy abounds!

TALON said...

I always told my children not to make the same mistakes I made, but to make plenty of their own so I could learn from theirs, too. :)

So much truth and wisdom here, Leenie - especially about the music!

susan m hinckley said...

Great quotes and great pics! You're a gifted illustrator -- and I consider myself something of an expert on the art of the "found illustration" . . .

Linda Sue said...

That is the yummiest baby of them all! I want to scoop some ice cream on that baby.
You say smart things...you must be as smart as that baby is adorable! LOVE

DayPhoto said...

Those photos of your darling baby is just plain wonderful! Really neat post, once more!


Flea said...

That one about getting all upset - it does NOT apply in traffic.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Leenie you are a very smart woman I love this list and I know they are all true in my life. Thanks for putting them in print. Love the pics. B

Krista said...

That baby is adorable and has great taste already! Chocolate is so much better when it's all over your face.

Anzu said...

♥ Good nature is more important than good looks.
Yes, it's wrong.
We have the men who are sucker for a pretty face. (´ー`)┌
We, women prefer good nature !