I Love Fridays
Friday has meant many things to me over the years. As a child, it was the end of a nerve-wracking week in a crammed classroom of 50+ students, hiding behind my fellow students so that the teacher would not call on me to recite the timetables. I really hated Mathematics and to a large extent still do!
When I started working and was on my own, hiding was the last thing that was on my mind. Partying was and a local disco provided the dance floor. The Jonkanoo Lounge in New Kingston, Jamaica was the spot and most Friday nights you could find me there with a group of gal pals dancing to our own heartbeats.
While being in Ireland, I mostly spent my time reminiscing how I used to party in Jamaica. Most of my days were spent in nostalgia, with a book in one hand and a vape, (locally sourced from a genuine vape pen Ireland shop) in the other. Although by this time, I had become more concerned with my career, I just could not forget about those colorful Friday nights.
After spending several years in Kiev in the Ukraine as a student and returning to Jamaica as a graduate, a mother and marginally employed, my partying days were over. With a three-year old in tow, my Friday nights were spent munching on KFC or whatever snack food I could afford with my baby girl.
Fridays & Relationships
Now, almost at midpoint of my 50th year, two things give me enormous pleasure on a Friday – sending a special message to my Followers on Twitter and writing this Roundup post. Sounds boring to you? Maybe it does but it is about relationship for me. The world has changed so much and interactions with others are becoming more and more virtual. Never one to reject change, I have
embraced this new way of meeting and communicating with others.
Relationships are very important to me. This might have come about as a result of the lack of familial relationships as I grew up. As my life unfolded, the importance of deep relating, the impact and influence of connecting and being a touch-point for others have become central for me.
This week, our ways of relating and being in relationship today was in the spotlight here. Regular readers know that this Roundup post on a Friday highlights the most read article of the week and/or the ones that touched lives or inspired conversation among you.
Our Week In Review
On Wednesday, Robert Turner took the relationship conversation to another level with a post entitled “A Man on Older Women and Online Dating.” Admitting his earlier interest, in his younger years of course, in dating older women, Robert explored the upsurge of “cougar” relationships with online dating platforms. Check it out here and share your experience or thoughts on the subject in the comments below.
Another relationship post that struck a chord this week was the one shared by Alexis Ali on teaching children boundaries. “The majority of kids are not disciplined these days. I watch commercials of kids running rampant and the actors playing their parents just stare at them in bewilderment. I know these commercials are meant as over exaggerations but sadly, in my experience, they are dead on.”
We had a few comments on that, such as:
- Robin: “I totally agree – kids do need to hear no sometimes. Maybe not all the time, but how else will they learn?”
- Curtis: “No is an important lesson, you can`t give them everything; it isn`t realistic.”
- Elizabeth: “Saying no to kids is not bad. This will actually teach them that there are boundaries and they should know when to stop.”
Read the article here and do share your comments on this issue of boundaries and children. Another parent/child relationship post that was well read this week, was one of mine questioning whether we are “Raising Super Entitled or Well Children?” Would love to hear you on that as well, so read it and let me hear you.
The other man among us – the esteemed Michael H. Ballard – did what he does best yesterday and shared with us a story about an early relationship of his. This was a special one as it was with an older woman and she taught him three valuable lifetime lessons. Read Michael’s recollection here about Miss Patton and share your story with us about an older woman who taught you things that you remember to this day.
That is my Roundup for this week. If you read another post that was not mentioned here, tell us what you thought in the comments below. As well, it would be super awesome if you were to Subscribe and be part of this community. Check out the benefits of being a friend with me here and sign-up today!
Much love and enjoy your Friday!