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Has anyone watched the movie “Secondhand Lions“?  If not, I highly recommend it.  Great family movie.

The last line of the movie is, “They really lived.”
I hope, when I am 98 yrs old and keel over in my garden, that my great grandchildren say, “Man, that old lady really LIVED!”  What better eulogy could one have?

The summer I turned 19 I had a wonderful roommate who is still one of my dearest friends in the whole wide world.  She and I had a motto.  “Life is an adventure.”  We were two broke college girls living in a garage under a billboard beside a noisy four lane highway.  We could have sat around and complained that our life sucked.  But we chose to have adventures.  Walks in the pouring rain.  Exploring our neighborhood on foot at 2 am, meeting wacky neighbors, seeing how far we could stretch our food budget...

Fast forward just a few years and I was on a different sort of adventure.  I was a young mom who’d just lost a child.  I went on a 3 day women’s retreat with some older gals.  One night we went to an Asian buffet for supper.  My fortune cookie said, “Life to you is a bold and daring adventure.”

I still remember that because I saved that tiny slip of paper for many many years.  I laughed at the perfectness of the fortune and shared it with my old roommate.  And I’ve kept that as my life’s motto now for over 20 yrs.  

Some days my adventures aren’t very big.  Some days they are as simple as standing outside the liquor store, eating a silly icecream treat and breathing in the amazing beautiful smell(to me anyway) of the stockyards across the street.

Some days my adventures are a little bigger and involve getting on an airplane for the first time and flying to a major city I’ve never been to and meeting people I’ve known for years but never met and staying in a  youth hostel.  That was a blast and a trip my then 8th grade daughter will never forget.

Today my adventure was taking my 7 yr old grandson to Burger King and getting lunch.  I know it sounds crazy, but that was a totally new experience for me because I’m not much on fast food and haven’t eaten at bk for maybe 20 years...... oh and I bought shoes.  estatic estatic estatic estatic

So, what adventure have you had lately?  Will anyone say about you, “she really lived“?

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      Marya1961 wrote Nov 17, 2013
    • Great blog, T!

      A fun adventure that I have experienced recently has been the renovation of our fence to a now higher and more private height, which has made me incredibly happy that I am dancing on air.  I cannot wait to decorate it for Christmas and then to add beautiful containers next year with greens and flowers.estatic



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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 17, 2013
    • Oooooo!  That’s a great adventure!

      I’d love to have a fence like that, although I don’t have neighbor issues like you do.  It would just be cool.

      Post some pics if you can when you get it decorated for Christmas.



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      Linda L wrote Nov 17, 2013
    • Love your blog! No one can say that “I really lived.” So I need to think about my adventure and fill my empty bucket list. Maybe a start is to watch “Secondhand Lions.”



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      Diane17 wrote Nov 18, 2013
    • A lot of my “adventures” revolve around my kids.  My mother had MS when I was a kid and she couldn’t drive.  It was very difficult for her to take me anywhere.  So I try to do a lot of fun outings with my boys.  On Veteran’s Day, I took them to a bounce house where they had a blast bouncing up and down on the moon bounces.  At one point, my oldest son had a whole moon bounce to himself!  I’m sure that was very cool for him.  Then last month, we went to Kings Dominion, an amusement park for their annual Halloween event.



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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 18, 2013
    • Diane, I’d say motherhood is one of life’s biggest adventures! I know it has been for me.  

      Linda, it’s never too late to start.



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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 23, 2013
    • This week’s adventures include being a mom to some boys who needed one.  That included co-signing a bank loan, getting 3 am phone calls and visiting a police station, and four trips across town to the tire shop.  Not all for the same kid and not all in one day.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 12, 2013
    • Loved your adventure!

      I’ve been on a few but it just seems lately my are revolving around work, theft, and bad customers. I MuST be working too hard for this to be my current adventures! However my 20th anniversary is New Years Eve so that is an adventure in the making estatic



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