Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Precious Gift

As some of you know, I am an avid reader. Words fascinate me. They are the threads that weave stories. Whether it be fiction or non fiction, books hold a special place in my heart.

For 30 some odd years my grandparents David & Harriet Brown owned a bookstore by the name of Brown's House of Books in Amarillo, Tx. When they retired in 1979 (alas I was only 3 and no where near old enough to appreciate it), my grandmother went to work for the Amarillo Public Library system. On school breaks I would go to the library with my grandmother and lose myself in the shelf mazes until she was able to leave. As the only child in a house full of adults, books became my play fellows. Some of my favorite authors are those of the classics: Francis Hodgson Burnett, Charles Dickens, Jack London, & Louisa May Alcott. I had a very active imagination and had no problem occupying myself inside the pages of a book.
Brown's House of Books, Downtown Amarillo, Tx

I will say that I was very fortunate to have my parents, grandparents, and extended family place a high value on literacy. My parents & grandparents read to me incessantly before I could do it myself at the tender age of 5 (honestly I don't remember not being able to read). My extended family fostered my love of reading by introducing me to different authors & genres. I will never forget the Christmas that I received Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" series from my Aunt Brenda. I think I was probably around 10 at the time, however it opened my eyes to the sci-fi genre.

Another thing that had a high value placed on it during my childhood was critical thinking. I remember watching the Presidential debates with my grandfather and then having discussions with him about the pros and cons of each candidate. I was always encouraged to look words and concepts up if I was unfamiliar with them. Of course this was in the 80's before the internet became ubiquitous. So I would have to wait till I could go to the library to look all these wonderful ideas and concepts up in the card catalog or Encyclopedia.  I don't ever remember being shut down for asking questions. If it was something I could learn by looking up myself, it was strongly encouraged. If it was something that took a more personal touch, Memaw, Pa, or my mother would explain it to me.

So today I want to take time to thank all of those who fostered my love of reading. It has been a wonderful and lasting gift that has served me well. A most precious gift indeed.

Mrs. Martin

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What a month!

Well it's been over a month since I posted on here. School has been crazy busy, lots of new material, and several projects. I'm enjoying it, though I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I have less than 6 months until I graduate. It just boggles the mind. I've been in school for so long that I don't know what I'm going to do with myself when I don't have to study.

I worked my first graveyard shifts for peds last month, which was an interesting experience. One night isn't hard, it's when you have multiple days in a row that kick your tail. It was very educational to say the least. I learned that peds might actually be a viable place for me. I know I certainly enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Of course, getting to be precepted at Vanderbilt Monroe Carroll's Children's Hospital didn't hurt my feelings either!
They have some wonderful nurses up there and it was an honor to be there with them. And the patients! Lot's of sweet kids up there.

This month is Critical care in Lebanon. 6 nights (all 12's ) between now and Thanksgiving. I'm really looking forward to the experience, however I will be a very tired student when it's all said & done. Thank goodness break is just around the corner!

175 days left....I don't know whether to be excited or terrified. Success is a scary thing, it means that all those pipe dreams I've had over the years now have a very real chance of becoming reality. Guess it's time to be careful what I wish for!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Who says Facebook is all bad?

I spend a lot of time of Facebook. More than I should actually. However I have found a game in which I don't have to find lost objects, build fictitious farms, or serve fictitious customers. Actually it allows me to play with my kids & hubby on a turn by turn basis. I can do this between classes, while waiting for an appt.  (that is if I have my puter & wi-fi access), or even here at the house like I am tonight.

What is this miraculous game you ask? Words with friends. Nothing spectacular really, it's essentially a scrabble game. The nice thing about this is that you can play multiple people at once, at your own pace, with a dictionary if needed (you know who you are!).

Tonight Kyle, Harlee, and I have been playing. I get a kick out of Harlee sitting over at the computer desk spitting and growling over a word that she can't spell because the letters on the board are in the wrong place. Kyle sits over on the couch with his laptop scratching his head over the letters he has, trying to come up with something. I sit in my chair with my laptop (surveying my kingdom lol) and we have dueling words going between the three of us.

Now some of you might ask why we don't just pull the scrabble game out? Well this way we don't have to wait till I get home and we don't have to worry about missing scrabble tiles ;)

So if you're on Facebook & would like to stretch your brain and get your family to do the same, check it out. You never know what you'll learn next!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's Music Season!

Today Tanith and Harlee go to Trousdale County to perform in the 1st Marching competition of the season. This is also the 1st year with both of them in High school (I'm still waiting for the inevitable phone call for them fighting with each other).

Here are some pics from the Community meet and greet Thursday night where they performed the show for the community. I'm also posting a link to a local newspaper article: Macon County Times Article

Harlee on the far left

Harlee on the far left in front of the trumpet player

Finally a pic of Harlee that doesn't have her face hidden by the Trombone lol 

Woodwinds & Brass Marching

Field Commander, Drumline, Guard, and Brass 

Tanith & Kasmin



Drumline, Brass, & Woodwinds


New equipment truck courtesy of the county...isn't it Da Bomb! 

Friday, September 23, 2011


Ok, I am at my wits end. My 7 yo has been kicked off of the school bus. I love my child I really do, but I am at a loss on how to teach him self-control (he has ADHD, but that is no excuse). Apparently he has been having issues in transitional periods at school (such as the lunch room) and on the bus. He was observed in class last week and his medication seems to be working for that, but we are getting some really nasty behavior when he's outside of class. He's disrespectful to everyone, regardless of how you phrase the question/statement, flies off the handle over very insignificant things, and is having difficulty keeping his hands & feet to himself. I don't know what to do.

I do know that somewhere in there is a very sweet child who is loving and curious, but for the life of me I don't know how to reach him. He reminds me of that nursery rhyme: "There was a little girl with a curl in the middle of her forhead, when she was good, she was very very good, but when she was bad she was HORRID!" That sums up my son. I really hope we can get this straightened out. He's a smart kid, but if he can't/won't control himself we are going to have some pretty severe issues.

Mrs. Martin

Monday, September 12, 2011

Easy to please

Human beings are a demanding lot. We want it all; food, shelter, clothes, gadgets, perfect politicians & government, the perfect spouse, perfect kid(s), so on and so forth. Some of us like surprises, some don't (for the most part I fall into the latter category since I'm a bit of a control freak lol). Contemplating on what makes us happy, can in fact make us very unhappy in the long run. Most of the time I try to focus on the now and not what has been or might be. Someday's I actually succeed.

In the past 2 weeks Kyle has had to make a trip to Texas and a trip to Louisiana without me. Both times I asked him to bring me something, both times he did. Other than telling him I wanted Brownies from Braum's, (if you love cherry limades, great ice cream, and great burgers you should check them out!), I didn't specify what I wanted him to bring home. He brought home fudge cake, brownies, their 9 grain bread, and milk. From his trip to Louisiana he brought me a fleece jacket & a really soft hoodie.

I gotta admit, I love my guy. He didn't have to bring me anything, but what he brought me was great. I love the food from Braum's. His reasoning for the fleece jacket was great.  He has one that has camo on the shoulders that I have pretty much taken over, so he bought me my own. The hoodie is great for fall days & will make a welcome addition to my wardrobe for the cooler weather.

Was it the moon? No. Was it something spectacular? Yes and no. It may not have been a gazillion dollar diamond ring (which I probably wouldn't wear because I am notoriously hard on rings), but it was something that I wanted/needed, that he recognized and proceeded to do something about.

The best things in life are free (so true), but the next best things are the simple things. Appreciating what you get, whether it be a jacket or the moon, goes a long way in making me easy to please.

Mrs. Martin

Friday, August 19, 2011

How time flies!

16 years ago today I married my best friend, I just didn't know it at the time. I'm not sure what demon possessed Kyle to ask me to marry him on that day, but I'm glad he did. Like any couple we have had our ups and downs. We've been through a cross country move from Texas to Tennessee with 2 children under the age of 3 and only the things we could fit into his El Camino and my little Honda. We survived my subsequent culture shock related to moving from the big city to a LITTLE BITTY town. 8 years of him driving a truck over the road and most recently the last 4 years which have included me being a full time student, him getting laid off and finding a different career, 2 teenagers and a 7 year old that makes the older 2 look like child's play.

Through it all we've managed to not kill each other (or the kids for that matter!) and have actually managed to grow as individuals, a couple, and as parents. Growing up neither of us had a template to show us what a marriage should be, so we made up the rules as we went. We knew what we didn't want to happen and built off of that.

All of this is amazing to me as I look back over the last 16 yrs. I couldn't ask for a better partner in my life. We balance each other out. He's quiet, I talk. He's introverted, I know no strangers. He is himself, I am me. Some how, some way we make it work.

So here's to you dear =)  Happy Anniversary, I hope we celebrate many more!
Here are a few pictures of the wedding many years ago :)
The happy couple!

He was 18 & I was 19 in this picture at the reception

My beautiful mom & I 

From this day forward...I love James Avery Jewelry, can you tell?

Isn't he handsome ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It takes all kinds...

This morning while watching the news (or at least what passes for news), Texas Governor Rick Perry has come out swinging in his bid for the Presidential election. Calling into question President Obama's and Fed Chairman Bernanke's patriotism because they never served in the military. While I realize that serving your country is a huge part of the American identity, I think Perry is missing something very important.

Military men don't necessarily make great leaders. Granted they have been trained to be many things, one of which is a leader, but, that doesn't mean that they will be the right leader for the situation.

Leadership is not always a skill set that can be taught. Sometimes it relies on something akin to intuition. It's not black and white. There are shades of context and meaning in everything. A good leader is one that is willing to learn from  situations and people, regardless of rank, that can admit fault graciously without excuses and moves to fix it without whining or BS. These are not leadership skills that have been taught...they are character traits. Aside from this, when you participate in any type of verbal attack on someone, you show your character much more than you show the person's you are attacking.

I don't know who I will vote for in the 2012 election, but I assure you that I will ponder the behavior of all candidates seriously. They say it's not how you treat your peers that is telling of your character, it's how you treat those who have less than that does.

Mrs. Martin

Monday, August 15, 2011

Football and other things

Saturday heralded the beginning of football season in our house with the 1st Titans pre-season game against the Vikings. Harlee did the disgusted eye-roll as soon as I started yelling at the television screen. Having been raised in Texas, where you attended the Church of the NFL with your favorite team as your denomination, it's not surprising that I tend to be somewhat of a fanatic. It also explains the quickness to which I took to supporting the Titans....they are a former Texas team (Houston Oiler's for those of you who are not football fans) after all & they keep me from being homesick for my over the top state.

I enjoy football, though I'm not a fan of watching it live unless I'm high enough to see the entire field. I remember going to games with my mother at WTAMU (now WTA&M) in Canyon, Tx as a child and then later on attending Jr. High football games to support friends. None of my children have the football enjoyment gene and quickly exit the room every time we turn the TV on to watch a game and can only be bribed to come out of their rooms with copious offerings of Queso and 7 layer dip.

Football on a local level is much harder for me to get into, despite having 3 children in the county school system. A large part of that is the fact that both my girls are in marching band. Both activities have their merits, but as long as my girls are marching, my focus locally will be on the band program and what I can do to promote community support for them. Though our marching band numbers are small (50 or so), they are good at what they do and they have a fantastic director who cares not only about the music itself, but also cares for the kids too.
This past Wednesday we took a day off from the real world and spent the day at the lake. We rented a pontoon boat along with my sister in-law and her family, borrowed a jet-ski from a friend and proceeded to have fun. We found a little cove, dropped anchor and spent 7 hours or so swimming, tubing, and playing around on the jet-ski. Tanith, who is now 16, finally had the opportunity to "drive" the jet-ski and did an admiral job of following the rules while still exploring a new skill set. Harlee was disappointed that she's not yet old enough to operate it, but still had fun riding. A.J. on the other hand rode, with Kyle once and was done. Though he really enjoys riding the motorcycle with dad, he wasn't quite comfortable with the water. All in all it was a great day and I really enjoyed getting to spend time with the family before things get insanely busy with my school, the kids school, internship, band competitions, and football games.
I spotted an article yesterday on that validated what myself and other parents have known for years: Cutting recess out of school affects how well kids learn. Imagine that! This is especially evident in the lower grades when children don't have the ability to sit still and focus for long periods of time. I have a difficult time staying focused during a 5 hour lecture even with a lunch break and 2 other breaks. I can just imagine how difficult it would be for a youngster to accomplish anything close!
Speaking of school, the kids are finally in their first full week of school. Which means I have 2 weeks of relative peace and quiet in which to prepare myself for my next to last semester of Nursing school. Time flies when you are least wanting it to.

The line up for this semester is Critical Care and Pediatrics. I will have clinical rotations for them both as well as my internship, which I am going to do my level best to continue with until I graduate in May. I also participate in the MTSU Older Wiser Learners (OWLs) Peer mentor program. This program is in place to help non traditional students like myself navigate the college world and provide peer support. While I never formally had a peer mentor, I had several key people that served as sounding boards for ideas, helped edit papers, answered endless questions, and kept me sane (still do). I feel that it's only fair that I give back to this great program, especially in light of all the adult students returning to the college path.

Well I think I have written my self out at the moment. I hope all of you have a spectacular week!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

On the other hand...

Today's post began as a rant about the political mess in D.C.  until I got sidetracked by going out to a friends house. Various other things got in the way of me sitting down to finish the post and now here I am 12 hours later, sitting down and realizing that I just simply don't have the energy to post about the buffoons on Capitol Hill today.

Instead I am going to write about my enjoyment of a friends garden, spending time riding the motorcycle with my husband, and being silly with my kids. Granted, it probably isn't high on the excitement end of the spectrum for you the reader, but these are the things that make my life happy.

I like gardening. The feel of the earth on my hands, seeing something grow (kind of like parenting lol), and the best part, eating the fruits (pun intended) of my labor. Unfortunately, the past 2 years have not been kind to my little plot of earth that I use to grow things. The first year we had the garden out it did poorly and so I figured some sort of soil amendment would be necessary, but trying to get that done during my school year, well it didn't get done. Last year the May flood took it out about a week after we planted and nothing got done with it, and this year, well I'll be honest my brain took a vacation after Med-surg and Women's health. So getting to see my friend Andie be so proud (and rightfully so) of their nice garden was a treat.

My husband is a gearhead. I say this not only with affection, but with pride as well. Without his skills my poor little Miata would be languishing in a junkyard somewhere. My baby is the Miata, his is the motorcycle. We've had four or five bikes over the years and they all needed a considerable amount of time and attention (not to mention money) than he had. He finally lucked up on a deal a few months ago on a Honda Shadow 1100. It's a nice bike (much better than the old Goldwing we had) and a much more comfortable ride to boot.  Today we took that bike out to Andie's and it was a really nice getting to ride with him on something he enjoys the way I do my  Miata.

For those who don't know me personally, I have 3 children. Tanith is 16, Harlee is 14, and A.J. is 7. They are my greatest source of joy...not to mention a considerable source of frustration, but hey, that's their job. Everyday that goes by, they manage to teach me something as well as make me laugh. Who needs cable when you have kids like this. Days like today remind me how fleeting childhood really is. I hope that I can continue to be silly with my kids, even when they have families of their own. Rules and regulations have their place, but they don't remember those nearly as much as they remember the tickle fights (or in our case, flour fights...don't ask I'll have to explain later), or all the times that you were silly with them.

So that was my day today. I didn't climb any mountains, no dragons were slayed, but I had fun relaxing with my family so it's all good.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Crappy writing

Today I woke up, grabbed my coffee and plopped down in front of my laptop to perform my morning ritual of scanning interesting articles while the coffee does it's work of waking me up. Yet again I was confronted with a story about "Free healthcare", in which the author of the article derisively assumes that her readership is full of idiots.

I think one of the things that bothers me about this article, is that it does a crappy job of sensationalism. I really really miss the days when reporters were a little less biased. Ok Miss journalist, we now know that you are a supporter of the Right, which is fine you have that right, but I shouldn't be able to tell it by what you wrote. Do you just spout what your compatriots tell you to, or do you actually do your own research? What are these studies that you are citing that state that preventative health care costs more? There are a lot of smoke an mirrors in this article. She cites a study from the Journal Health Affairs, yet gives no more specifics than that. Going through the Advance Online Articles at their website I "think" I found the article she is talking about, but am unsure because she didn't give a DOI number or even the name of the article, no nod to the authors of the study.

Quite frankly I can't think of any area of writing that this piece succeeds in other than a waste of space. We the people are getting sick and tired of overly biased reporting, half-truths, crappy reporting, and even crappier writing in general.

I'm not trying to set myself up as a perfect writer, I know I'm not, and I do realize that this is an Op-ed piece. I'm just really disappointed in the route the writer went to get their point across. It was filled with snarky comments and logical fallacies, granted it's opinion, but if you want me to take you seriously, then write your Op-ed piece with as much research and seriousness as you do for any other article.

Ok, my rant is over for the moment, until another unwitting person ticks me off before I've drank my coffee.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The end of the tunnel is much closer these days

For those of you who don't know, 4 years ago I embarked on a journey to become a nurse. Granted, there have been a couple of failed classes along the way as I retrained my brain to think ahead instead of react (when you have little ones, it seems all you do is react), but for the most part I have been a decent student (I think anyways). The end of next month marks the last fall I will start classes for my BSN. This morning I purchased my first round of Malpractice insurance (I had coverage through the school, but this is an individual policy). I feel like I'm on the edge of a cliff. I don't know that I ever thought I would get this far.  You see I've had a history of flaking out on things in the past. Not necessarily something to be proud of, but I strive to be honest, especially with myself.

I've surprised myself through the past 4 years though. This blog wouldn't exist had I not taken the ACT 14 yrs after I got out of high school and made a decent score on the writing portion. You see I LOVE to read, it's my main form of entertainment, but I never could get the writing thing down in school. So I just gave up...until I got into college, and guess what? All that reading paid off! Granted I still struggle with coma's (see previous 2 sentences), but somehow I figured it out. Then there was math, my old bugaboo from grade school. I can now do algebra without going into a panic attack. While I've always loved the process of learning, I found out that being an intentional learner had it's own rewards.

There's been other growth as well. I've learned to not have a chip on my shoulder when it comes to something I just don't get (that's another post in and of itself). I have to slow down, take a deep breath, and start from the beginning. I've always been a people person, as in I enjoy people. However it's been very difficult, (I feel anyways), to let other people see just exactly who I am. This has been the slowest thing to change, but now I have several friends outside of my normal circle who make me stretch intellectually.

So as I begin my last last year of nursing school and take a look at where I've been, I'm satisfied. I may not be the most outstanding student in terms of grades, but I am passionate about learning and helping people. What I don't know I can learn as I continue to grow academically and as a person. Hopefully it will be enough.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Sorry for the time between posts, the 2 trips out of town put a kibosh on my being able to post with any regularity.

The boat races were a blast as usual. Getting to see all of the family is icing on the cake. Unfortunately this years Regatta was marred by two separate crashes one of which resulted in some serious injuries. My thoughts are with the people injured in both wrecks.

For those of you who aren't familiar with  Unlimited Hydroplane racing I'll give you a quick rundown. Hydroplanes are boats that fly (yes you read right, fly). They are mostly powered by turbines (though there is still one hold out piston powered boat), and the only parts that stay in the water when they are moving are the propeller, rudder, and skid fin. They have been clocked going 200+ mph on a straight a way and they are awesome to watch! has some great video footage as well a pictures and the history of the sport for those who would like to have more information. Here are some pictures that I took in Madison and Detroit for your viewing pleasure, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Deck to deck racing in Detroit by the U-7 Valken & the U-88 Degree boat
This is the bottom of the U-1 Miss Oh Boy O'berto Hull
The U-5 Miss Graham Trucking being lifted via crane to go into the water

U-21 & the U-100 coming down the front stretch in Madison, In

To give you an idea of the size of these boats, their dimensions are approximately 30ft long by 14ft wide. They are put into the water by cranes like this:

U-17 Miss Red Dot is on the crane, the U-1 is on it's trailer below            

Monday, July 4, 2011


Since Thursday we have been in Madison, IN for the first leg of the Hydroplane racing series. Every year we meet up with my husband's family for a fun weekend of food, drink, family, and of course hydroplanes. These turbine powered boats are a marvel in engineering attaining speeds of 200+ mph on the straight-a-ways. The racing is fantastic and the sight of the rooster tails going around the turns is breathtaking. I will post some pictures tomorrow when I get home and have more connection. Right now is just a quick update, we leave for home this afternoon and then begins the fun part of doing the laundry from vacation. I hope everyone plans on spending some time with their family  and/or friends today.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

They're growing up Mom!

The past 24 hours have highlighted just how fast my children are growing up.  Last night the 16 year old had her first real date.  While, I am sure some people reading this are saying, really, she is just now having her first date?  Others are probably saying she should have waited until she was 18.  Regardless of other’s opinions on my children, I think it’s a fine age to have a first date.  They had fun going to dinner and a movie.  Of course, Dad & I ended up meeting them at the Baskin Robins before the movie since we were over in that vicinity. 

There were a couple of things we noticed during the ice cream that made us very happy:  1) she didn’t change how she acted.  She was the same smart, goofy, crazy young lady at Baskin Robins in front of her date, as she was at home and around her friends.  This is an awesome thing and it tells me that she is comfortable with who she is as a person and doesn’t feel the need to change that to impress someone else.  2) Her date was polite, a little on the quiet side, but that could have had something do with Dad giving him looks too.  He treated her like a lady.  Brought her roses, bought her meal & her movie ticket, (Dad bought ice cream), and didn’t expect anything more than her company.  He was a credit to his parents, & they should be proud of him.

It was definitely a bittersweet moment.  On one hand, she is becoming a wonderful young lady full of talent and promise, on the other this is my baby.  Of all my children, she is the one most like me and I know that this is the beginning of the end of childhood.  Now, it is time to start acquiring skills that she will need to survive and thrive as an adult. Definitely growing up and of course, I’m not ready.

This morning was my indication that my 7 year old is growing up entirely too fast for my liking as well.  He spent the night at my sister’s house last night and this morning I received a text from him off my sister’s phone.  Keep in mind that the child does not have a cell phone, nor would I even contemplate it until he gets older.  He doesn’t get to play on mine either.  With the exception of my bedroom, there are no TV’s, computers, gaming systems etc, in the bedrooms of my house.  Time is limited for gaming, TV, and computer time, there are other skills to learn that don’t involve electronics…you know, like how to cook, clean, and do laundry when you don’t live near Mom anymore. 

So receiving a text from my 7 year old startled me.  We had a conversation about how silly I was all the time.  His first few texts were pretty good on the punctuation and spelling.  Then his attention started to wander and well you know what happens when a 7 year old gets bored.  They start getting silly.  Seems like yesterday we were protecting him from anything and everything because of the eczema & asthma, now it’s just a side note in his life.  He still has both but it doesn’t dominate it anymore.  My how times have changed.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Ok, I honestly did not think I was going to be writing this much today, but I read something a few minutes ago that just really ticked me off. As a consumer, student, parent, wife, etc, I research a lot of things. Anything that I have to make a decision on gets researched, extensively.

In the following article:,
TN Gov. Bill Haslam stated after being "Told that health officials fear thousands of women might lose services once Planned Parenthood is denied federal money beginning in July, the governor wouldn’t acknowledge the problem. “It’s news to me if that’s true,” he said. “Nobody’s told me that.”

What's my issue with this you ask? Well, let's dissect this shall we?1) They have defunded Planned parenthood because according to the Republicans, "Planned Parenthood leads women to have abortions". Aside from being ridiculous (while I'm sure that some women choose to have an abortion, I know for a fact that Planned parenthood does not actively advocate for them), for a party that promotes small government, this smacks of "Big Brother" to me.  In the end though, what I believe has nothing to do with this rant.

What bothers me the most is his statement that "Nobody's told me that". Shame on you Gov. Haslam! I realize that you are busy, however this does not excuse you from doing research! Especially about something that concerns roughly half your constituency! Just because you are an elected official, does not mean that you are exempt from doing your own homework.

Just my 2 cents but it really is a shame that this is what we get with our elected officials!

Mrs. Martin

While this is a bit of a late addition to this rant,
I thought some of you might find this interesting!

Mrs. Martin 08/24/11

My scribbles

I told you that I'm a closet thinker in my about me section, well I guess you would call me a closet writer too. I don't write enough to be commercial in any way, shape or form, but I do occasionally like to write, and it's usually poems. So, without further ado I will post some =)

Draw Me a Dragon
By Sarah Martin

Draw me a dragon
So I can hunt down its treasure
And philosophize for hours
After I’ve taken its measure

Draw me a dragon
So I can fly through the air
And see the world from afar
As we go here and there

Draw me a dragon
So I have a home for my soul
A place where it will be safe
And I know it will stay whole

Draw me a dragon
To show others who I am
Independent and intelligent
A hoarder of knowledge I am

Star struck
By:  Sarah Martin 04/28/11

Star struck child where do you go?
Your eyes are far away, seeing what I cannot
You go to places I never imagined
And leave us all behind
Star struck child were you with me just now?
Is my voice a tether or do you hear it at all
Simply a nuisance to bear till the next time you take off
Star struck child will you take me this time
To the wondrous places you go in your mind 

Don’t  Be Alarmed
By: Sarah Martin 06/24/11

Don’t be alarmed if I don’t go with you when you decide that you need entertainment
It’s not my job to ensure your happiness
Don’t be alarmed if I choose to be alone
It’s hard to listen to my own thoughts with everyone around
Don’t be alarmed if I choose not to conform to society’s rules
Some are outdated and quite harmful
Don’t be alarmed if I take off on my own journey
I don’t owe you an explanation
Don’t be alarmed because I am cynical and jaded
These eyes have seen more than you can imagine
Don’t be alarmed when I stick to my guns
Just because you did it differently, doesn’t mean that it applies to me
Don’t be alarmed when I hold you at arm’s length
Clinginess is a sign of insecurity & I know I’m not the one who is insecure
Don’t be alarmed when I pry your eyes open to something
‘Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it’s open’
Don’t be alarmed when I make you think
Ah now you’re catching on
Don’t be alarmed when I tell you I love you
I will fiercely protect your right to just be you

 Well that's enough for now, I'm sure I'll post more later.

Mrs. Martin