Before I Was a WAHM, SAHM, or a MOM 22 comments


September 2003

The writing prompt for the Mini Blog Challenge at Rx Fitness Lady today is Throwback Thursday 10 Years: A Day in the Life. I took the picture above at a friend’s wedding 10 years ago this month. I had a lot going on at the time. If I were blogging back then, I would have had no trouble coming up with content for my blog. But boy how different it would be.


1. Being a new wife…Hubby and I were 6 months into our marriage at that time. Although we had been together for many years prior and lived together for a year while engaged, the first year of marriage is still an adjustment. I think most married couples will agree. 

 

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2. Being in Michigan…One year into living in Michigan, I still was uneasy about being there. This Southern girl thought the snow was pretty to look at, but I hated driving in it. I had a spin-out on black ice in March 2003 which made me dread the arrival of winter. In addition, I was still getting used to the Michigan Left and the flashing red traffic light that you could turn left on if no traffic was coming.

 

3. Being a new employee yet again…I had just started a new job with a charter high school in Detroit. I don’t mean in the suburbs of Detroit where I lived–I mean the city of Detroit. After the move from Atlanta and the move from Indianapolis, the job at the high school was my third one in a year and a half. I quickly grew to love the job very much but at this time 10 years ago, it was a little daunting. I was working closely with teenagers and I had never done that before. I had also taken a huge cut in pay and was feeling less than my worth.

 

4. Being without a child…Starting a family back then was something I was eager to do, but Hubby and I decided to wait another year or so. I would probably be blogging about DVD marathons that Hubby and I would have to catch up on television shows we had not seen. Alias, Oz, The Sopranos, and The Wire. I recorded As The World Turns, Young and the Restless, and Guiding Light on VHS tapes with the help of TiVo. That kept me entertained for hours. Thinking back on that time, I am remembering how many naps I was able to take, how easily we came and went, and how carefree we were. I’ll never forget the time shortly after The Deuce was born and Hubby suggested we walk a few houses down to get something from a neighbor. I had to remind him that we couldn’t leave the baby in the house by himself. Hard to imagine life without The Deuce now. 


5. Not being…There would be no Rigged Recipes because I didn’t cook then–Hubby did. I would only be able to reminisce about living in Louisiana, because moving back was not in our plans nor was it on our minds.

What a difference 10 years makes.

 

 

What would you have blogged about 10 years ago?
Were you a fan of Alias or The Wire?
Have you ever experienced a Michigan Left? Or the flashing red traffic light?

 

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22 thoughts on “Before I Was a WAHM, SAHM, or a MOM

  • Kenya G. Johnson

    Girl I read this like I never read it before. Dang my memory can be that short in a year. Anyway I read my comment to see if I was going to say the same thing. No what I was going to say this time was that I didn’t cook before Christopher was born either. I think I started trying to really learn the years I was trying to get pregnant but I didn’t really REALLy cook until we got past fishsticks. I’d put some extra in the pan for my husband to eat with whatever.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I read some of my old posts in that manner too–like “I said that?” LOL

  • BeingAWordsmith

    From Maria September 25, 2013 at 2:52:00 PM CDT
    Yes ten years makes such a big difference in one's life. I don't think I even thought of having a blog back then…
    Thank you for linking up your post at the weekend Show Off Blog Party

    Maria ” target=”_blank”>http://www.musicteachingandparenting.com

    Reply from Kimberly H. Smith September 26, 2013 at 8:42:00 PM CDT
    Love making the Weekend Show Off Blog Party part of my weekend. I wasn't as confident in my writing 10 years ago. Don't know how that would have been. Thanks, Maria.

    My recent post Is My Triple Crown Blocking Your View?

  • BeingAWordsmith

    From Michelle Thomas September 25, 2013 at 12:38:00 PM CDT
    That's a fun post idea! 10 years ago I would have probably blogged abt fashion and night life haha! Not anymore…lol! Thanks for linking with us for WDW!

    Reply from Kimberly H. Smith September 26, 2013 at 8:37:00 PM CDT
    It really made me think, Michelle! Was glad to link up. Thank you.

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  • mocadeaux

    Haha! When I read about the “Michigan Left” I first thought you were talking about the ideological left-leaning folks of Michigan. Traffic lights are a whole different thing! Huge kudos to you for working at a high school in inner city Detroit. In my opinion there is nothing more important than education. I'm enjoying looking at your “throwback” posts! This was a great idea for a challenge!
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  • alisonhector

    I had never heard of a Michigan left before. Just looked it up. Still confused…

    You were a soap opera taper! So was I! Just the other day when I went back home to St. Kitts I found some of my DOOL tapes. Wow. We were hardcore soapers, my dear!
    My recent post Faith looks up!

    • BeingAWordsmith

      The picture above shows you the Michigan Left. It's a driving “rule” in Michigan. It's much like a U-turn. To help the flow of traffic, many large streets are divided down the center with a median and there are two or more one-way lanes on both sides. To get to your destination on the opposite side of the street, you get in your far left lane, turn left into the median lane, and then merge into traffic on that side. The tricky part is when you turn into the median lane and there is a traffic light. You can turn left on red if no traffic is coming.
      My recent post Ooh! That's My (Traffic) Jam

    • BeingAWordsmith

      I appreciate you stopping by, Amber. When I look back over the last 10 years, it seems like a lifetime was packed into it. I'm blessed.
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  • BeingAWordsmith

    Clearing posts with your kids first. That's funny. My 6 year old likes to tell me which pictures I should post. Oh and that I should do a video instead of a picture. Regardless he wants them all to feature him. Vain much?
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  • Kenya G. Johnson

    #1 GIRL – we moved to Japan approx a month and a half after we got married. And we moved out of our apartment and moved in with my parents until we left. LAWD. I do not get all warm and fuzzy at the thought of a “newlywed”. I feel sorry for them. LOL!

    We've been married for sixteen years, we've had Christopher for 8 of those. I can't imagine my life without those knuckleheads.

    10 years ago I was bored not being a mom 😉
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      Japan? Oh I bet that was fun. My husband and I talked about living outside of the country several times when we first got married. The company he worked for then was always looking for employees to go to China, Japan, Brazil, etc. We never took them up on it. But then would have been the best time to go I think. Before our son was born.
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  • vitatrain4life

    When you actually sit down to write about 10 years ago it seems like such a LONG time!! Maybe it's because of our ages and that we were just so completely different without children!! I grew up in CT and I still hate driving in the snow!! I love skiing and looking at it but that's IT!!! Thanks for the trip down memory lane…#mbc
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      It does seem like a lifetime ago. Yet I can't believe 10 years has passed since those things occurred. I tried skiing. It was neat to have the experience, but it is not for me.
      My recent post Is My Triple Crown Blocking Your View?

  • Dana

    I would have blogged about what most of my bloggy friends write about now – life with two young kids. Now I have to clear what I divulge with my kids since they are older and have a social media presence. Oh, and I didn't watch The Wire or Alias, but I was a devoted viewer of The Guiding Light for years!
    My recent post What a difference a decade makes

  • rxfitnesslady

    I LOOVVVEEE that picture of you. I think you shared in an older post before and I said the same thing. You and hubs have kicking it watching TV for the longest. I always try to imagine my Mother pre-Joi and it seems so weird to me. You've lived in a lot of places girlie!

  • Mandi Noel

    What would you have blogged about 10 years ago?
    I actually had a blog 10 years ago that was hosted on Xanga. I was 14, and I most posted about my friends and school and my first boyfriend. I've actually have several blogs over the years since then, but that was my first.

    Were you a fan of Alias or The Wire?
    I was the most hardcore fan of Alias you can imagine! I watched from the very first episode. I cried my eyes out when it ended. It was like WAY emotionally invested. I wrote fanfiction, hosted my own Alias site and forum, and even had like 8,000 posts on the allalias.com forum. I even taught myself graphic design by making Alias fanart. It's all very sad really. lol I have all the seasons on dvd, but my first disc from season five is missing, and it's killing me. I keep waiting in hopes that I'll find it, but I think it's time to just replace that season.

    Have you ever experienced a Michigan Left? Or the flashing red traffic light?
    And you know I've experienced both of these! I hate that Michigan left. It's like you can see where you want to go but you have to go way out of your way to get there. Terrible. And I have experienced that flashing red light but didn't know what it meant, so I would like yeild and then go if it seemed safe! I'm glad I have that cleared up for sure now lol
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      You had a blog 10 years ago and ran an Alias forum with 8,000 posts? Wow. So glad you are taking it up full-time again. Now the Michigan Left and the flashing red traffic light are supposed to make traffic flow better. I dunno. You get used to it.

      You may be able to appreciate this: When I first left Louisiana and moved to Georgia, I walked around the grocery store there for half an hour looking for vodka. Later I realized they didn't sell hard liquor in the grocery store like Louisiana does. The workers said you have to go to a package store. I was like, “Are you kidding me?”
      My recent post Is My Triple Crown Blocking Your View?