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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ten Years.

"You've had a busy ten years!" The random person at the post office, grocery store, doctors office, church lobby, park, will say to me after asking the ages of the members of our small village.

And I will nod, give a little courtesy chuckle and say, "Yes, yes it has been a busy ten years." But not for the reasons they think.

Ten years ago I was a senior in high school. While the world worried about the end of the world, also known as Y2K, I drove around in my Buick LeSabre. Working part time at the local Target. You know those things called Target Cards. That was a big part of my job amidst cashiering and guest servicing. Get as many suckers guests to apply as possible.

I would walk through the store profiling prospective guests. Moms with big purses would always say no. Teenagers and college students, any way to save a buck. Men shopping alone, BINGO.

Sadly, now, I wonder how many people I helped set up on a path of debt.

That wasn't the only job I've held in the last ten years, I was a nanny, several times over and was a student worker. Worked at a coffee shop. Started and ended a job in Corporate America. Tried out some corporate relocations. Worked retail. Worked for our school district. And now I am a stay at home mom/stepmom. And I freelance.

And blog, of course.

In ten years time, I started at one college and finished at another. Met and married J. Became a stepmom. Became a mom. Lost my mom. And became a mom again.

Wait, read that one more time.

Met the love of my life. Married him.
Became a stepmom to two small children.
Had a baby.
Lost my mom to cancer.
And had another baby.

It sure has been a crazy, filled to the rim, ten years of life.

And really, I can't complain.

Not a gamut of emotion has been spared. I have been joyous and loved the days of my life. I have been sad and grieved a huge loss. I have been overwhelmed, exhausted. But I also have learned a lot. I have let go. Or made good attempts to.

I have loved. I have been loved.

By more than just my own small village.

So that is why, when someone, assuming I've birthed four babes in ten years, watching us run haphazardly from basketball to swim lessons to soccer practice to preschool, says that I've had a crazy ten years, I go with it. Because regardless of their reason for saying it, it has been a busy, crazy, lovely ten years.

What about yours? How has your life changed in the last ten years?


Blogger Rodman Life said...

: ) I have a lot in common with the younger Samara. (jobs wise)

Wow.. tens years. That's insane to think that I was 11, 10 years ago. I'd say A LOT has changed. I don't even know how to get into all the changes I've had.

One thing hasn't changed though, God still loves me, even amongst some of the changes I've made without considering Him and His will first.

I'm thankful that will never change. Even in another 10 years. And to think, in another 10 years I will be 31. Yeah.. let's not think about that.

Loved the post Samara!

December 30, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger The Petersons said...

Even just in the past 5 years, I can say that SO much has changed for me!

I had to laugh while reading about Target...I remember those days. I would stalk people in the electronics department because I knew that if they were looking at a big purchase the Target Card could make it worth it! ;)

December 30, 2009 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Jes said...

Wow S! I love you post :)

December 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger The Fritz Facts said...

I love to think about that. 10 years ago today I was still 6 weeks away from meeting Hunter for the first time. It blows my mind.

Happy New Years!!

January 1, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger The Marketing Mama said...

What a beautiful post! I also experienced a lot of highs and lows in the past ten years.... I'm still spinning a bit as I think about how drastically my life has changed. Particularly because I thought it would be one way, but now it will be something totally different. Not trying to be cryptic, but also right now it's too private to share online. Thanks for sharing about your last ten years!

January 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

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