It’s a Red Plate Kinda Day!

I want to dedicate this post to our daughter Eden! She has really had to fight through a lot of crap during the past 5 years, but her perseverance and stamina to push through and never give up are truly admirable. She has been completely depression free since May! Her spark and confidence have returned and she is ready to take on the world.

The Red Plate

The Red Plate is the perfect way to acknowledge a family member’s special triumphs…celebrate a birthday…praise a job well done…reward a goal achieved…or simply say “You Are Special Today.” When the Red Plate is used, any meal becomes a celebration honoring that special person, event or deed. We encourage those who purchase a plate or celebrate this tradition to share YOUR story.

Red Plate Store

We received our red plate as a gift from a friend several years ago. The cool thing about the plate is that it comes with a special permanent marker that you use to record the “event” on the back of the plate. It is so fun to look back and remember all of the occasions in which the red plate was used. I had actually forgot about ours for a while, but came across it when going through my china cabinet this summer. I think it is a super cool idea and makes a wonderful gift! The plates are available through the Red Plate Store and Amazon.

What Made Today a Red Plate Day?

I got up this morning to take Eden for a bit of last minute practise before attempting her 5th road test. The first time she went she was super nervous and made it through the parallel parking and most of the test. She was basically on her way back and made a “critical error” which resulted in an immediate fail. Of course, she was disappointed and this seemed to compound her anxiety for future tests. On her second attempt, she had an almost immediate fail for a critical error before she even made it to the parking test! That was the end of the critical errors, but the third time she didn’t pass the parrallel parking and the fourth she had too many points deducted. Each time she left feeling disappointed, but we tried to encourage her and tell her how important it was to be ready for the road.

To me road tests are like swimming lessons …..please whatever you do, DO NOT pass my child if they are not ready. I was always amazed at parents who would complain when their child had to repeat a swimming level, especially when they were small and in the beginner levels. For me swimming was not an activity, it was a LIFE SKILL! My kids were forced to take lessons whether they wanted to or not. I didn’t want them to ever be in a situation where they couldn’t save themselves or help someone else because they didn’t have this basic life skill. It struck me as so odd, when one particular instructor took the time to explain every detail of the swimming report and why one of the kids hadn’t passed. I politely stopped him and thanked him for holding them back. It was comical because he couldn’t let it go, he kept trying to justify his decision. I told him I completely supported his judgement and that I would never want them to move on if they weren’t ready. He told me he’d never encountered that before as most parents argue, trying to get their child the “badge” they haven’t yet earned. I was literally dumbfounded.

The same is of course true with driving. I’m not sure about you, but I wouldn’t want my daughter on the road behind the wheel of a car, if she were not qualified or ready. Why would any parent? I always prayed with her for a pass, but was so thankful for each failed attempt, knowing that it gave her more time to grow, mature and gain confidence. I strongly believe checks and balances are a blessing! I knew that she’d pass when she was ready and was quite confident today would be the day. She has healed so much in the past few months and she went in knowing in her own heart that she was ready.

Getting your driver’s licence is one of those milestones that mark a turning point in one’s adolescence, but I didn’t bring out the red plate because she finally passed! Today was a Red Plate Kinda Day because the true measure of success is when a person is willing to put themselves out there over and over again, failing as many times as it takes to finally reach their goal! For me, today represented so much more that finally getting her driver’s licence. Today we celebrated her resilience, her willingness to never give up, her perseverance and understanding that all things work out for good, for those who believe and never give up. One can only truly fail, if they stop trying or never take the risk to try in the first place.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Way to go Eden, so proud of you!

*This post was written on Saturday, September 7th, but I just got my kiddo’s stamp of approval to post it publicly.

Beating the Winter Blues

The weather here has been absolutely atrocious. I have totally hunkered down and have only left to pick-up the essentials and take Shay to hockey. I am so Vitamin D deprived I feel like I need to go on an IV drip. Thank goodness I take 10,000 IU’s a day. I can’t imagine how I would feel if I wasn’t supplementing. I am chilled to the bone and feeling totally lazy. They say we are likely to break the current record for the coldest December ….. EVER! I would have been happy to have that record broken in someone else’s lifetime, but what can you do?

Here’s What I’ve Been Up To:

1000 piece puzzleI am generally a real go getter and see holidays as the time to pump out the projects, but because I’ve been hibernating I am barely registering a pulse these days, so I’ve opted for a few days of total relaxation. Generally, I would curl up on the couch and read, but not this year! (At least not yet.) I received a really cool Christmas gift from one of my students ~ a 1000 piece puzzle. What I loved most about this gift was that when I was younger, we used to set-up a card table with a puzzle on it and putter at it over the holidays. I used to love to work our way through a puzzle and it was fun to do on your own or with another family member. What great memories this gift triggered! I started it a couple of days ago and it’s a doozy! I used to always build the outside first, but thought I would try to do all the faces first. Ugh! Do you have any idea how many little Nutcrackers there are in this puzzle?  Well, I am totally hooked and haven’t got much else accomplished over the last few days. What a great way to escape the cold (and house cleaning). I had hoped my kids would join me, but a puzzle doesn’t “plug-in” and so they really haven’t shown much interest. They do stop by to see what progress I am making, but it hasn’t been much of a family bonding activity.

However, if you are looking for something to do, go pick-up a puzzle. Maybe your family will embrace the concept and you can spend some quality time together. If not, there is always the possibility that you could enjoy some quiet time relaxing on your own!  The way I see it, it is pretty much a win-win situation for me.

Happy puzzle making!

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