City Warriors or Country Warriors?

Do any of you remember this classic children’s book of The City Mouse and the Country Mouse? Many years ago, I bought this nice collection of books from a preschool fundraiser. My kids are teens now but Mama loves books and ya gotta keep the classics~~ right warriors? With winter fast approaching and the Holidays coming, this thought came to mind. I live in the Midwest only one state away where Warrior grew up. That’s a chapter in my book Spirit and Belief.

I am not a cold weather person and also prefer one of those geographic locations listed above. Can you guess? The country mouse suits me better. Preferably out west. The Warrior Family made their home in New Mexico but up in the mountains, you’ll still find snow. Warrior obviously preferred more of a country lifestyle with warmer temperatures as I hope to move someday also.

We are not far from our downtown but all the crowds, traffic, and noise just isn’t for me. If you read last week’s post, you might have an idea. I just get anxiety but prefer more solitude and SPACE. We do have some acreage between neighbors so owning land is a must. One day I’ll get to see a sunrise or sunset without it being blocked by trees. I can drive somewhere but it isn’t the same thing. It’s beautiful no matter where you live but the country atmosphere brings calm and peace. It could bring boredom to some but we do need to improvise.

Sure, sometimes I do like to be around a bustling event in the city but at the end of a day, the country mouse would be me. Even though Warrior resided in a few big cities throughout his career, the country aspects fit him more. We are the same in that regard. There are positives and negatives to both but if you had to choose, which would it be for you?

Most that live and stay in one over the other don’t know a difference. They can’t imagine being anywhere else. I’ve never specifically lived in either as we are in the suburbs but visiting both– yes. Warrior spent most of his younger years near farms, went to cities, and then settled in the desert or at least outside the area. Not quite the same as Indiana but closer than the big city. Sometimes we are too isolated so the middle works best. It’s all in the balance warriors.

I’d also like to really see NYC up close one day. Driving around the area isn’t the same but living there– NO WAY! It’s kinda like L.A. Too much city for me but I loved our vacation out there a few summers ago. We all have our preferences for living versus visiting but always know deep down what works for our life. Have you visited someone like the mice in the story and couldn’t wait to come home? We’re all the same.

I’ve mentioned things we like before and this can be one of them. Sometimes we won’t have a choice and have to live somewhere we don’t really want to be. All of us need to be grateful for where we are and always look to the good. If you are able to move, great. If not, appreciate all around you anyway. Some want a slower pace as they age and need to relocate. Some will live their entire lives in one place. Wherever you are, just make it home to you. I’m an outdoor person too and love the summer but when that isn’t happening, I make different plans~~ temporary as they may seem.

City warriors or country warriors makes no difference. As long as you are happy or at least try to be. It’s all about the feelings, remember? We know our likes and some never change. This is one for me that never will and there are reasons why. You’ll know yours too.

Take a trip, travel, visit, or whatever you like but know where your heart lives. The city or country becomes what you make it. Even though I am not out west ( just yet!) I make my country vibe here. Whichever mouse you are warriors, know it is part of you always. Warrior knew his place and I know mine. Find your place warriors with or without the Holidays. Be that content mouse right where you belong.



To Kill A Mockingbird

I decided to end this month of literacy by sharing one of my favorite books. The last time I mentioned a book was by the ever popular Dr. Seuss. When I taught preschoolers, we always celebrated his birthday at the start of March with many fun activities. I do believe To Kill A Mockingbird is one of Dana Warrior’s favorite books too and I have some personal connections with the wonderful Harper Lee.

To Kill A Mockingbird was one of the many class books we read during my freshman year in high school. Remember also those Gods and Goddesses were that year too! My son will be reading Ms. Lee’s famous book soon so Mom will be interested for sure… I became so enthralled with this story as our class also watched the movie where Gregory Peck won the Oscar for Best Actor. It was a favorite of mine over 30+ years ago and remains true to my heart today. My freshmen English teacher was also so dear to me and I had her for another subject as well.

This teacher taught freshmen but had the additional job of being the senior class advisor. My senior year also brought on WrestleMania VI but more on that next year as it will reach a BIG milestone…, *** I couldn’t wait to get one of my favorite teachers to sign my yearbook as graduation got closer. Before asking her, I was one of two girls chosen to lead our graduation ceremony! How in the world did I receive that honor? I joked with her saying there were shorter girls than us but that wasn’t why. She valued me as a student and that really impacted me. Us girls made two lines on either side of the auditorium as I beamed with pride. She picked me. ME… It was something I never forgot and never will. Also, graduation means “Pomp and Circumstance” which was Randy Savage’s entrance music. Back then, oh no! Today, “oh yeah!”

When I did ask my teacher to sign the yearbook she mentioned our times in class together. She wrote this: “You lead your class beautifully! Long line Atticus!” Atticus Finch is the main character in To Kill A Mockingbird. Three years later and she remembered personally. Words do matter just like I mention in my book Spirit and Belief. We never forget the influence they have. I never forgot Warrior’s either. It’s like the WWE slogan previously blogged about Then, Now, and Forever. It’s never just the words but how they make you feel. Whatever that emotion is, it stays with you if it truly matters.

After my Grandma passed away over six years ago, my mom and I began cleaning out many things from her house. I ventured up into the attic alone to contemplate and relive memories by myself. She had this enormous rotating wooden bookstand one would find in a library. Years before, I’d come take a peek but now stayed longer. My Grandma had given me Danielle Steel romance novels to read long ago but now I saw others.

It was then I spotted one of my favorites inside this huge stand. Immediately, I knew it had to be mine. After all, Grandma had given me as her only goddaughter plenty of other treasures over the years. When I came downstairs, my mom was surprised to see only one book in my hand. I told her the others didn’t interest me and this one was well, quite personal.

A few years ago, I heard how Harper Lee finally wrote a sequel to her best selling novel. I found it in the library detailing the life of a now grown up Scout Finch. Go Set A Watchman was released and then the following year, Ms. Lee passed away at almost 90. It was like her destiny to finally tell more of the story made popular 40 years prior.

We need to “write” our stories however they come to life for us. No need to publish but just make them your destiny everyday. This story today was brought on by another’s written before I was even born. I hope my son enjoys To Kill A Mockingbird in some way. No, he won’t have the same experiences but my wish is that some book along his destiny will influence his memories as is my wish for my daughter and all of you.

I reread my Grandma’s book shortly after bringing it home as the smell reminds me of her. From freshmen English, senior year, reading, writing my own book, and now— it all makes a difference. Every month should be for advocating literacy since the littlest words can truly create lasting memories. THANK YOU Harper Lee…. “Long Line Atticus!”

P.S. The table in the photo also belonged to my Grandparents and was in their home for years… โค๏ธ





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