Monday, September 14, 2009

Things I Didn't Anticipate

This morning I'm contemplating the things I didn't see myself doing twenty years ago. Things like...

  • Running a doggy day care for Olivia and Beatrice
  • Writing a column for Presbyterians Today
  • Attempting a major revision of the operating manual for one of the largest PCUSA churches in the denomination ~sound of teeth grinding~
  • Living near my daughter and son-in-law
  • Learning how to cook from my Babs
  • Being involved in sewer controversies in Calhoun County, TX
  • Seeing my niece become an opera singer
  • Having my very own study (love it!!!!)
How about you? What didn't you anticipate twenty years ago that is part of your life today?

10 comments:

Songbird said...

I believe the only one I find surprising knowing you now is the sewer controversy. Hmmm.

Presbyterian Gal said...

I'd pity the Calhoun County fools, but I know they have it comin'.

I did not anticipate in my wildest dreams that I would be a mom. Also didn't anticipate that I'd be divorcing a madman. But you gotta take the sweet with the bitter.

Quotidian Grace said...

Songbird--
The sewer controversy is about the creation of a municipal utility district for the subdivision where we have a house on the bay in that county. It's become very Peyton Place in some ways but mostly too arcane to blog about. Mostly, I never dreamed I'd actually have a house on the bay!

Stushie said...

Calvin would have loved the sewer controversy. He inspected the sewers in Geneva as part of his reforms...

Rev Kim said...

Just about everything about my life today! Being a pastor, being married to a wonderful husband(though I hoped), living in a small town in Wyoming, and loving it. God is so good!

RevDi said...

Living in Texas; having six grandchildren; being retired from parish ministry; being so happy in a marriage I could not have even imagined!

Reformed Catholic said...

Living in Plodding PA*, being a Presbyterian Elder, being where I am in my faith walk, meeting a woman who has brought me back to the church and has made me one of the luckiest guys in the world.


*pseudonym

John Edward Harris said...

In 1989 I did not anticipate living in New York City, nor serving as a half-time Designated Pastor. I think twenty years ago there was no such thing as a Designated Pastor, and I would have expected to be serving full time. Nor did I anticipate a war in Afghanistan and Iraq, let alone a major recession that was almost a depression.

Mac said...

Doing the child thing again--raising a 12 year old and a 10-year old reveals how much the world has changed since my older boys were that age.

On the same note: getting to learn the "girl thing." I had boys down solid, and it still seems to work with Bionicle Boy, but as those of us with daughters know, the girl thing is entirely different. ("There oughta be a bounty.....," he muttered.)

Being a RE (and a Stated Clerk, to boot).

Getting the "opportunity" to relive and deal with Vietnam--the war that keeps on giving.

Anonymous said...

Living in rural Missouri or anywhere outside of Texas, being long term unemployed, raising two kids (my real job) and being a Christian. Actually being a Presbyterian is the real shocker. I was brought up in the Episcopal Church and even as an agnostic contemplated the prospect of being anything other than an Episcopalian with horror.