Wednesday, April 08, 2009

You know...



You know, maybe you can beat some of your childhood fears.

Our thirtieth wedding anniversary. My (fiftieth) birthday. Great friends spent time with us, shared gifts, came to our party, our dinner, Mass. A Mass with a special blessing. (Thank you, Fr!).

I didn't want to do anything special to celebrate these milestones. I remembered my past, being told by those I love, those in my family, that I am shallow, superficial, no one really likes me or would want to be friends with me.

Rationally, logically, you know it can't all be true. Rationally, logically, you put these comments away and just live. But these little comments,these fears, bubble up during milestone events.


So, this is what I have been working through lately. I didn't want a party ..no one would come! Chatting online with an old friend on Facebook, I was encouraged to have a party. She told me she would come from interstate, from Perth, so at least I'd have her here, her daughters, and my dh and my kids.

And so we celebrated. My friend from Perth came. Some friars, special friends, came. And so did many , many of my super Sydney friends.

So, maybe you ( I) can overcome childhood issues.

Thank you, guys!

13 comments:

Cay G. said...

Leonie,
I would definitely have come. It looks like you all had so much fun! :-)

Happy Celebrating!

Mary G said...

Now, see ... I would have come to that party! Hope you had a sensational time ... and you look GREAT for 50!

Beate said...

Gee, Leonie - all you had to do was invite me ;-) Okay, it's a bit far, but I would have definitiely been there in spirit :-) I love you cyber sister!!!!! Happy birthday and happy anniversary!!!!!

{{{{Hugs}}}}}

Chris said...

I am glad you were rational and logical and had your party. It was so much fun for everyone. You have a life rich with friends. When it comes to true friends you are one of the wealthiest women I know.

Leonie said...

Hey, would have loved to have had you guys, too! Hugs and thank you..And Chris, thanks for your friendship, for being you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Good grief! You are so not shallow and superficial! And look how many people like you...

Pam

Julie said...

All we know, Leonie...is that we love you!!!!!!!!!

Gaye E said...

It was a fantastic party. You did well to put yourself out there and face those fears - you have such a nice lot of friends.

Leonie said...

Well, you know intellectually these fears are dumb but sometimes things said in childhood stay..Thanks everyone, loved havng you at the party Chris, Pam, Gaye, Julie!

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

I love that term Beate used - Cyber Sister!!!!

I've been told some of the same things and let's just say - you are the Dancing Queen!

All the best to you my ABBA-loving, Converse-wearing, workout- addicted, unschooling/homeschooling Cyber Mama Sister!

Purpleflowerpatch said...

I wish I lived closer, Leonie...I would have loved to come and celebrate your life and your marriage. :-)

Leonie said...

THANKS Maria! Hugs! And thanks, Jenny - mailed that book yesterday...

Hopewell said...

Man, your family sounds about as bad as my sil!