The 10-20-30 Meme

Just got tagged by Jessica and Georgiana D for the 10-20-30 Meme, started at author Mary DeMuth’s Relevant blog

Quick: What were you doing ten, twenty and thirty years ago?

Ten years ago–

firstbaby1.jpgAge 22. We’d just moved from our cozy first trailer home into an old fixer-upper on 12 acres. I’d been killing myself sanding and painting because…I thought I was going to give birth to our first child in a mere week. Little did I know she’d be 17 days overdue. Yes, I resisted inducement that long before finally giving in… I was busy directing our church’s puppet team and having kids’ club meetings each Wednesday night at church and loving being a stay-at-home-wife. Life was indeed very good!

(this pic, scanned out of oldest’s baby book and cropped, is at my first baby shower, during which several girls on the puppet team surprised me with a puppet skit about my upcoming “blessed moment”…that feather-haired puppet played me–pregnant and delivering! It was a hoot…)

Twenty years ago–

Here the memory gets hazy…Twelve years old, beginning junior high at a small private school in Texas, and d1987momandme.jpgesperately trying to “fit” in. Somehow I’d made it to that age without caring about fashion or hairstyles, but I remember driving my mom crazy trying to find a pair of hot pink flats to go with a fuschia colored dress I’d bought myself on a trip to Canada that previous summer. That was the year, I believe, that my friendship blossomed with Teresa (who became my future maid of honor).

I had three jobs:

  1. Each Monday night after school I’d go home with a family of 7 and spend the evening babysitting their brood so the parents could have a date night. Then they’d take me back to school the next morning. I have so many good memories of those times…and got $25 a week for pure pleasure!
  2. On Wednesday evenings, our church paid me $5/hour to babysit during mid-week Bible classes.
  3. On Saturdays, I helped out in a clothing boutique…steaming the newly arrived clothes, dusting, vacuuming and washing out wine glasses!

The above jobs kept me from feeling too much of an only child (my siblings are 11, 13 and 17 years older than me) and from missing my 4 adorable nieces and nephews, who all lived in other states. πŸ™

I loved evenings spent bicycling with my dad around the big city, coming home to watch reruns of the Donna Reed show or American Movie classics.

Thirty years ago–

Two years old, just returned from a three month long trip that hit each of the mainland states and Prince1977toddlerme.jpg Edward Island with my mom, my sisters and one of their school friends. My cute curls got chopped on that trip, I rode the merry-go-round gazillion times in a row at Disney World (according to my saint of a mom) and brought back a Cinderella nightgown that I loved so much I was still wearing it at age 7! We lived on the West Coast at that time.

I tag (trying to think of those of you who are at least 30):

Here’s the idea, post your own 10-20-30’s, tag some friends, and link back to Mary DeMuth’s releventblog post.

Have fun!