The Thoughtful Spot

Who Am I? Maybe you can tell me.

First, I should probably introduce myself. I apologize in advance for the repetition if you've read my bio. I'm new here, online in general I mean. Until recently I shunned social networking, avoided chats and twitters and messaging and most other forms of electronic communication (except email, of course. Is there anyone out there who doesn't email anymore?) I'm even still known to send the occasional letter. Although, if the price of stamps keeps going up, I may have to discontinue that practice. Sorry Post Office... It's every girl for herself these days.

I am a Mom of 2. And, I capitalize the Mom with forethought, and not without an understanding of proper grammar. My eldest is a preschooler who spoke early, yells seldom, loves to read, paint, sing and observe the world around him. My youngest is a toddler who is the picture of his father. He's a tiny linebacker, physical in every sense of the word. And he's already let us know that he will start to talk when he's good and ready. Why bother when the pointing and grunting have worked so far?

I don't intend for my articles to be about my kids. But, they will probably find their way into every entry in one shape or form. They are truly the center of my world. I miss them in the mornings when I leave early for work and I light up when I see them at the end of the day. Yup, I'm a Working Mom (again with the capitalization). Not a SAHM or a WAHM, but an out in the world sort of Working Mom. Is there an acronym for that? I haven't come across one yet. I'd be home with my boys if I could, but, the world being the way it is, full time work is the path that has been chosen for me. More about that later... this is supposed to be an introduction after all.

As I was saying, I don't intend this hub to be about my kids. This is my place, my time, my Thoughtful Spot. My children have been the focus of my world for going on 5 years now. I'm not a mom who believes in "me time." I don't do spa days and girls nights out. I made a commitment to my family when I decided to have babies. They are my (and my husband's) responsibility. To give them a secure future, I have to be away from them 40+ hours a week, I don't choose to be away from them on the weekends too. That being said, my limited outside exposure, and my subsequent overexposure to Barney, Disney and The Wiggles, has started to curb my creative flow. I'm a smart woman, and a passionate one. I used to love to read and write. I used to know what was going on in the world. I used to follow music and art, current events and politics, fashion and food. Now I toss on jeans and a baseball cap, grab a granola bar and try to catch some headlines on my local news radio in the car on the way to work. I haven't had a solid intellectual discussion in years... Heck. I haven't gone to the bathroom in private in years!

A roaming gnome I am not... not anymore. But, I do occasionally get a chance for some off the map excursions with my bestest buds
A roaming gnome I am not... not anymore. But, I do occasionally get a chance for some off the map excursions with my bestest buds

So, this site is meant to be my space... and yours. I'm not the old me, the pre-kid, politically savvy, wonder-what-I'll-do-today girl. But, she's in here somewhere. I don't want that life back, but I do want to hold onto the core being that is me. I'm good with the Mom layers that have been wrapped around like so many winter coats (much better with them than I am with the extra Mom pounds!), but I want to make sure that core me doesn't suffocate in there. I need to let her out every once in a while. And this, is my way to do it. Some thing, some place where I can vent, offer advice, discuss, think, comment and talk. And a venue where I can do that all in the 10 minute increments my life currently allows.

Speaking of which... break time is over. Time to get back to work. If anyone has read this, I thank you. If not, well then, I guess I'm just talking to myself. I do that a lot these days anyway...

Post Script

 I've been around here on hubpages for a few weeks now, and am starting to get a better feel for the type of writing that populates it.  I've realized through my own reading and the helpful tips of others that this is not the place for an add on, blog-style meandering kind of piece.  So, I've reached a decision on this particular hub... Here is where it will end.  It served its purpose.  It got me here.  I made a commitment to myself the day I signed up for Hubpages that I would write one piece and publish it right away so that the "I want to write again" urge in my gut wouldn't peter out and go unfulfilled.

I'm trying to move on now to more informative pieces, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the results.  And the community I'm discovering on my journey.  I know that I will still need to vent my random thoughts and editorial style comments periodically.  Although they won't be money makers, or maybe even much read, they will be good for my soul, so I will continue to post them... and I will link to them here.  If you've enjoyed this piece or if I've given you a laugh, please click below.  If you need something meatier, check out my other hubs or any of the tens of thousands of pieces written by other hubbers.  I know I have.  This hubs time may be done, but my time here on hubpages is most certainly not.  Thank you all for giving my words a home.

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ThoughtfulSpot 7 years ago from PA Author

Thank you all for your lovely "fan mail." I've still got a lot of reading to do to figure out exactly how Hubpages works, but I'm getting there. I found the fan mail completely by accident. Hopefully "approving" it was the right thing to do! I'm not sure who would disapprove of such friendly comments.

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Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

Very well written Hub. Glad to a be your fan. You're a pretty cool person. Thank you again for sharing. It's greatly appreciated.

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ThoughtfulSpot 7 years ago from PA Author

Thank you Cagsil! Being new here, a fan and a thoughtful comment are always appreciated. I'm lovin' this so far. I hope to be around for quite a while.

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ambieca 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

I enjoyed your hub, I have many of the same "mom thoughts" and feelings that you seem to have. It's refreshing to hear someone else feel the same way about their old/new self. thanks

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ThoughtfulSpot 7 years ago from PA Author

Thanks ambieca! Sometimes its tough reconciling the "old and new you." I've come to realize that they are both the same me, just seen from different angles. Glad you enjoyed reading.

Denno66 7 years ago

From what I've read, I see that you are a very interesting person. If you like to write then there are always those that like to read, no worries there. I'm glad that I stopped in here. :-)

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ThoughtfulSpot 7 years ago from PA Author

Thanks Denno. I come across more interesting in text... lol!

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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Very interesting & . . . thoughtful. Thank you for sharing. I had to laugh at the description of your son as a "tiny linebacker". Get ready for "full contact" everything. :>)

Much encouragement to you on your journey.

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ThoughtfulSpot 7 years ago from PA Author

Thank you Ken... for the comments and the encouragement. "Full contact" commenced months ago. My kids are great, but exhausting! :)

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, ThoughtfulSpot! GREAT read! Honest; Genuine and the tone of article that I LOVE. Voted up and away. You are a very talented person and I thank YOU for sharing your talent with us. I am HONORED to follow you and you are invited to check out my hubs and my take on life. I would love that. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that resembles Mayberry, the sweet little town that we loved on the Andy Griffith Show and PS, I think you are doing GREAT!!!

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ThoughtfulSpot 5 years ago from PA Author

Thank you Kenneth. I've been an absentee hubber for quite some time as I've been off pursuing the next "chapter" in my off-line life - that of becoming an elementary school teacher. So, I apologize for the delay in response. It is, however, the support from readers and other hubbers like yourself that get me back here, even after months of being gone... Thank you.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

ThoughtfulSpot: YOU are very welcome. And I am very proud of you becoming an elementary school teacher. Cudo's and Bravo to you. What a great calling. My best friend, a girl whom I met in 1962, yes, we had real concrete floors then, LOL, in 2nd grade and we went through all 12 grades together, is two years away from retiring as an elementary school teacher. Like you, she is so fitted to her job--patient, caring, humorouos, and a great listener. She says that listening plays as much of a part of being a good teaher as oral skills. I never thought of that. When I was able to work, I spent 23 years in our local newspaper. I wish now, if I didnt have to go right to work to help with my family's bills when I graduated high school in '72, (1972, not 1872,) that I could have went to college. Wonder how my life on the base time continium line would have been? Anyway. My rambling is over. Thanks for the sweet comment and I will pray that you suceed in your teaching, my friend. Merry Christmas and you can keep in touch with me. I would love that.

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