I have learned that I am not so weird. Other people don't like to talk on the phone is the most important. There is a very large group that are driven nuts and cling to the proper use of American English! It is comforting.
I have always been politely stubborn, but in the long run, it really means I have shiny spine. Yes, I am always polite but firm. I feel empowered. Gently.
I really appreciate what I took for granted: we aren't rich, but we seem to have always had enough cash to live modestly - like we had $3.37 in the bank in the early 70s, but it was OK. We came out fine. Beats the heck of some stories I've heard - $50,000 in debt as that point in life!
I appreciate my family. I don't know what to say except that I am baffled about the rudeness and grabbiness and entitlements of other's siblings and even parents. Especially parents. Our job in raising the kids is done. We gave them the tools to live, which they appreciate!, and they are doing a darn fine job of it, and raising our grandchildren. The finer points don't matter, and the big ones are wonderful! People yell and scream at each other? Really?
I don't know how to say this. Well, morals are changing and my grandchildren are part of it, so I jolly well better learn to adjust. I will be the one to suffer if I don't. ('Jolly well' was my mom's term
You have given me an insight on my world and given me encouragement that the future of the world is in good hands of people like you: hard-working, caring, graciously trying to smooth out the rough spots of human interaction.