Once upon a time I loved to eat pasta. I ate it all the time. It was a cheap food for a young woman who was in college and paying for it herself. Also, during the late eighties pasta was touted as being fat free and healthy. I’d eat mine tossed in Italian dressing and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. I was little back then, but I never did achieve six pack abs, despite thousands of sit-ups and daily work outs. Hmm, I wonder why? I kind of hate pasta now – I rarely eat it. And when I do, I feel terribly bloated.
I used to love working out, but now it’s a chore – l love the way it makes me feel, hate the dread I feel leading up to it.
I used to love baking in the sun. I can’t anymore. I hate what it’s done to my skin.
I used to love shoulder pads, they made me feel like a bad-ass. I hate shoulder pads now.
I used to love having a packed schedule and making to-do lists – long ones. Oh, the satisfaction of crossing off each item. I was the classical Type-A personality. Now, I dread looking at my calendar and to-do list each day. I long for nothing to do.
That’s all I could really come up with for this week’s Finish the Sentence Friday prompt, “Something I used to love, but now hate is…” Kind of embarrassing since I’m the one who came up with the sentence!
I’m going to flip the script.
I used to hate Brussels sprouts, mustard, horseradish, olives, jalapenos, avocados, and beets. Love these foods now.
I was never a fan of running – participating or watching. I started running in my late twenties and although I didn’t love it, I did really like it. A non-running-related injury to my knee has made running (frequently) a no-no, but because I love how it makes me feel, I’ve made accommodations to continue running – occasionally. As the mom of two track starsJ, I also now love to watch other people run.
I used to hate watching the news and reading anything about politics. I love it now (even though I detest most politicians).
I wasn’t always certain that I wanted kids, but I love being a mom.
I used to hate travel by car, but no more. In fact, I love road trips so much that I have a sister blog, Road Warrior Momma, which is all about our adventures. And I’ve started writing a travel column for My Forsyth Magazine. Below is my first column:
For the Love of the Road
I love road trips! Over the past five summers, my children and I have traveled almost 40,000 miles, by car. We’ve been to thirty-six states and five provinces. By “been to,” I mean we’ve stayed and toured. Merely driving through does not count! It has been a privileged to see so much of our beautiful country – Acadia National Park, the beaches of Cape Cod, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Niagara Falls, Mackinac Island, the Alamo and the Grand Canyon. I can’t wait to go back out on the road and see more.
My new found love of road travel is somewhat ironic, because only ten years ago, I refused to drive anywhere that took longer than three hours. I was all about the air miles. After the birth of our fourth child, I realized that my flying days were over. There was no way I could afford to see all that I wanted to if we traveled by air. So I bought some maps and joined AAA.
The seed for our first trip was planted when I read a book that was set in my mother’s hometown, a place I hadn’t been in thirty years. I did some research online about Lowell, MA, and got very excited to explore. I also got curious about where my dad grew up, just outside of Boston, and of course this led to a long list of must-sees in Bean Town. I added several stops to see family and friends along the way, and the list grew into a thirty day itinerary.
The trip itself was liberating. I really felt like, “I am woman, hear me roar,” because I did the majority of the trip on my own. That’s right, just me and my children, whose ages at the time ranged from 2 – 9. Everyone thought that I was nuts, especially my husband. To be fair, he had real job and could not possibly join us for thirty days, but he did fly in for a couple of weekends.
The trip was a total success and I got the bug. I couldn’t wait to start planning the next summer’s adventure. I’ve learned a lot over the last five years, and I’m going to share that with all of you. My future columns will be about the planning, preparation and execution of a road trip. I will divulge tips I’ve learned to make life on the road easier and cheaper, some of which I had to learn the hard way. There will be some funny anecdotes, and information about places we’ve visited. I hope you’ll join me!
Right now I’m in the thick of road trip planning. Traditionally, I’ve documented our trip on Road Warrior Momma. My RWM posts are raw and uncensored. The blog was originally started so that family and friends could follow us on our adventure. Some may find the personal details about my family (temper tantrums, complaints about smelly feet, unconventional bathroom pit-stops) to be TMI and/or uninteresting – which I totally get! I’ll share heavily edited and consolidated posts on The Latchkey Mom, so I don’t lose touch with my tribe over the summer.
“For the Love of the Road” was originally published in My Forsyth.
What did you used to hate that you now love? Do you enjoy road trips? What are your summer plans?