Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

January Projects

When our son and daughter-in-law were visiting, she was telling me our son has routines he adapts to insure he gets everything done. As she was telling me this, I was squirming in my chair. I am not exactly obsessive-compulsive, but because I could have a tendency to scatter my energies, I do the same thing, I have little routines I run to make sure that the important things get taken care of before I have fun.

One of these routines is to use January to get organized so that I can goof off the rest of the year. I try to get tax things in order, I try to make sure all the paperwork is filed or tossed . . . and I do photo albums for the preceding year, two albums if we went to Africa, which we have been doing nearly every year.

But last January I moved. And then, just about every other month, I was back in the States, either of a wedding or to see my parents. The albums never got done.

So yesterday, I gathered all the photos. Fortunately, I had kept them in different places, so they were not all mixed up. I have to do four albums. For the 2006 family album, I still need to get photos printed, and that alone takes time and organization. The other photos, I just needed to get in order. That took a whole day.

So this is for my friend – you know who you are – with twenty something years of photos she still hasn’t posted. I apologize! I apologize for all the times I told you how easy it is, and to just DO it. I am only one year behind, and already I can’t remember where this photo was taken, why that photo was taken, or what sequence these photos should be in. It is a daunting task, and I am only working on two years. I apologize again, dear friend, I grovel in mortification at my arrogance and lack of sympathy. God, in his mighty wisdon, has humbled me by showing me how fragile my memory is, and how unfounded my pride in organization. Aarrgh! Forgive me!

January 11, 2007 - Posted by | Africa, Arts & Handicrafts, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Photos


  1. Happy to have been able to help with your lesson in understnding, empathy, and compassion…make that yet ANOTHER year of unorganized photos for me! When you have your fourth album completed (next week, probably ;o) you can come and help me with the first of–oh, about forty needing to be done! Happiest of new years to you, especially after all you had to deal with in 2006. Peace, my friend!

    Comment by Grammy | January 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. Welcome, dear one! Your first comment! Hee Hee heee! Hey, we do what we can. One day the photos will be taken care of – or not!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 12, 2007 | Reply

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