By OWB Admin Mari Farthing
First off, let me say: the theme for OWB this month is “back in my day,” which is so fitting for me as I catch myself saying it way too often. I think it’s about having two kids entering their tweendom and hearing their laments. They whine about their first world problems (“everyone else in my class has a new iPhone!” or “I’m the only kid who has to be in bed before midnight on a school night!” come quickly to mind). Some days these bits they feel compelled to whine about make me crazy. Some days they make me laugh, because they remind me of when I was a kid.
I remind my son that, once upon a time? I was 12. I didn’t have a phone because cell phones—heck, cordless phones!—weren’t even a thing yet. Our phone was avocado green with a 24-foot cord that hung on the wall in the kitchen and weighed about 20 pounds. Not so much suitable for carrying. And I woke up at 6:00am and walked almost 2 miles to school, I didn’t get to ride the fancy bus where I could take a nap. In my defense, it was not uphill both ways in the snow with no shoes, but you get my point.
As long as there are parents and children, we will always have “back in my day” to think back fondly on or kvetch about. Because unlike cell phones and the like, some things don’t really change at all. I will say that back in my day, we started school after Labor Day, so this first weekend of September really did feel like the unofficial end of summer. Now it’s just a weird 4-day break that happens 2 weeks after school starts.
No matter what you’re excited about this month, get excited about next weekend—AWBU2014 is here! A weekend of fun, connection and information in Rogers, Arkansas featuring keynote speaker Alli Worthington and sessions on a wide variety of topics. AWBU is a great time to meet other Women Bloggers and invest in yourself. If you’re going, be sure to let us know so we can find you! You’ll recognize the other Oklahoma Bloggers in the house by our Oklahoma swag—we’ll be representing for the red dirt!
New Blogger of the Month
With a new month, that also means we are working with a new Blogger of the Month. This month, we are featuring Jordan Skaggs, an accountant by day/food blogger and photographer by night. She describes herself as the main creator of dirty dishes in her home and we’re looking forward to learning more about her.