Chief Run-Around is able to quell crises, and offer practical advice and assurance, though this doesn't always soothe Mama Oh-so-Tired. He is thoughtful and unselfish, though too busy to deal with emotional drama and sometimes “not in touch” as he is stretched too thin, except around his middle. He avoids conflict and is pretty low maintenance. He eats anything provided there is plenty of ketchup, cheese, hot sauce or cranberry sauce to generously garnish it, and loves charred food.
She putts between needed naps, organizes and plans, breaking jobs into small steps to accomplish many things. She is an introspective, and out-of-the-box-thinker, with little common sense often making the simple complex. She journals and writes constantly whether or not she has anything useful to say and is the confronter of issues and is overly sensitive to self and sometimes others. She is a nurse by trade, a counselor, mender and meddler (don’t they go together?) and for many a year had a phone attached to her head when she wasn't working or sleeping. Now she has a computer key board attached to her fingers when not attached to a needle and thread.
She is also a special educator consultant, another official trade, who still evaluates and creates Individual Educational Plans (IEP's) with long and short term goals and objectives, now applied to running a family, the house and a craft business, while treating long term health issues. She is a shadow leader of the pack who as replaced her megaphone with a long-reach, battery-operated cattle prod, though knows that positive rewards better modify behavior of not only the dog, but children and husband while naps reward her and the cat for their diligent efforts.
She is no Energizer Bunny and she wears a sign that reads, “Caution: Frequent Sudden Stops” for prayer time and connecting to her much needed power source—Bible reads and personal one-to-one chats with God, who she claims lives under her bed or her sewing chair or in her purse, as He belongs to her and is on her side!
While weak in the knees, she is strong-willed and strong-stomached, though recently has developed a bit of a “wilting violet side” that presents itself with an instant “sit down” to gain mental clarity. She never was good at multi-tasking without pots boiling over or charring cookies in the oven. Her doctor recently told her it’s too late to develop multi-tasking and to stick to the simple one-thing-at-a-time approach. She keeps everything where it’s supposed to be, though she’s having more issues with remembering where it’s supposed to be. She is much loved and when not, is tolerated. She gives advice freely, though it is rarely heeded.
Despite Mama Oh-so-Tired’s endless attempts to confront the issues, Hannah Mess-Maker had a good life, but aimed to make it better by letting Mama’s organizational abilities keep her toys and books in order, as she had better things to do, like disrupting an otherwise "perfect and functional home"! Like all first-borns, she made her parents go a little insane and thus move into their dysfunctional state. Yes, Hannah Mess-Maker’s parents didn't know what hit them and Chief Run-Around ran faster and Mama Oh-so-Tired got more tired, while their well-educated and accomplished daughter sought to remake the world.
Now Hannah Mess-Maker smiles as she looks back on her life, knowing that she accomplished her goals and more, she is uniquely Hannah, a responsible and creative adult, though her parents, and schools may never be the same. Hannah Mess-Maker still makes messes in her parent’s garden, kitchen and house. She is a gifted graphic artist and like her father works very hard, and is so busy that she continues to make Mama Oh-so-Tired more tired than ever!
Competing with her sister’s success, she has created her own legacies and achievements of equal merit as her older sister’s. Like so many of this generation, her path is not a straight line, but taking several abrupt angles as she puts aside some of her greater talents to simply earn a living and trying out new applications of her assets. Graduating with honors as a highly talented studio artist whose work is rich in detail, now Baby Need-a-Lot is doing practical things with that same attention to detail. Whether caring for children, assisting her sister in her graphic art work or doing menial sorts of jobs, she does her work with care and integrity. She still marches to a different drummer and it is not the reward of money, but rather personal pride that makes her tick.
We are hopeful that, like us, you have a loving family or friends to enjoy this Thanksgiving with! Have a good turkey day!!