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Donít make waves. Donít rock the boat

Thursday, January 31, 2013

That was my motherís philosophy, although she did have her subtle, passive ways of attempting to change the tide, at least for Dad and me. Outside the family she was meek and timid.

Dad on the other hand was more proactive. While Mom was satisfied to leave the problem to God, Dad was the type who wanted to get out there and give God a hand.

More than once Mom would tell me ďyouíre just like your father.Ē
More than once I would mutter under my breath ďThank God!Ē

While Iím not as physical as Dad who once beat up a bully at work who had been terrorizing the smaller, weaker guys, I do tend to speak up when warranted.

On the first anniversary of Dadís death in 1998 I found myself at our state capitol addressing a committee about needs in educational technology.

Today Iím on my way to the capitol again. Iíve got something to say and I want my representatives to listen.

However, once again Iíll be doing this with a heavy heart. Ironically, today is the second anniversary of my motherís death.

However, if I donít make my own waves, Iím going to be swamped by someone elseís.
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MJREIMERS 2/1/2013 7:22AM

    Amen! Your Mom was a strong woman, in her own way, and it looks like you got a little of your Mom along with your Dad! They raised a great person!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/1/2013 12:00AM

    Wishing you luck on making waves.



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MERRYMARY42 1/31/2013 5:15PM

    emoticon I love a wave maker, me, I like to instigate, stand back and tap my foot,

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MNNICE 1/31/2013 4:58PM

    The world needs both types, I guess. We all need to pick our battles! Go fight yours proudly and loudly!

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BOILHAM 1/31/2013 4:39PM

    So, your Dad beat up a bully, and now, you are proceeding to do likewise! Great, and yes, you are "just like Dad".


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JESSICABOOTY 1/31/2013 4:12PM

    There is an old story of a young woman who was in a boat going through heavy waves. She told the captain that she feared falling overboard and drowning. His advice to her was not to struggle with the waves which would tire her out. He told her to lay on her back and raise her legs. The water would carry her along until she was rescued. So make some waves but in the event you are thrown overboard just lay back and let the water support you.
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SOUTH_FORK 1/31/2013 2:06PM

    ... if you never fall in, you'll never learn to swim!
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SLENDERELLA61 1/31/2013 12:53PM

    Best wishes for the capitol experience you want! I admire that you know what is needed and are going after it! Great that you recognize the strengths of both parents in you. I feel confident that you will do a super job!!!

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CELLISTA1 1/31/2013 12:10PM

    Standing up to power is brilliant. I'm sure you will state your case well and affect some hearts and minds. Good luck!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/31/2013 11:58AM

    If no one ever rocked the boat, then the waves would never reach the shore to change it.

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PRINCESSAMY 1/31/2013 11:28AM

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WILSONWR 1/31/2013 9:28AM

    Good for you! How will things change we don't voice our opinions?!

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DR1939 1/31/2013 8:52AM

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GINIEMIE 1/31/2013 8:32AM

    Go and speak up, I admire you. Actually I'm more like your mother-trying not to make waves, but at times one can drown in those waves. emoticon
Sorry about your mom, I know from experience it can hurt for some time. emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 1/31/2013 8:25AM

    May the words you need be there when you need them. Best wishes for a successful talk!

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SUZYMOBILE 1/31/2013 8:23AM

    You go! I'd love to know what it is you've got to say to them, too.

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NUOVAELLE 1/31/2013 8:23AM

    The world needs people like you and your father.
Go rock this boat and make the people who are aboard feel it.
Your parents would both be proud of you.
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DAISYBELL6 1/31/2013 8:20AM

    Go for it!

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NANNABLACK 1/31/2013 7:25AM

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KANOE10 1/31/2013 7:24AM

    Go for the waves and I hope the representatives listen to you.

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TORTISE110 1/31/2013 6:50AM

    Oh, what a beautiful reflection and tribute to your parents. Like you, I carry both of them in my heart and mind. I love what you wrote here!

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WATERMELLEN 1/31/2013 6:37AM

    Make waves: the world needs it!!

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MAGGIE101857 1/31/2013 6:08AM

    They would both be so proud of you; they'll be watching over you from heaven!! Speaking your mind in a positive, constructive way is a great trait - emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/31/2013 6:04AM

    Go for it!

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JSTETSER 1/31/2013 5:48AM

    Great philosophy to live by.
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ANNIEONLI 1/31/2013 5:42AM

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KELLIEBEAN 1/31/2013 5:41AM

    You are great! Go get em!

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SWEDE_SU 1/31/2013 5:40AM

    you go, girl!

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