The Post of Random Quotes (parental guidance suggested)

Quote Number 1

“I used to think you were a bitch, but you’re really quite nice, aren’t you?”

This quote is a rather eloquent remark made by a fellow classmate when I was a sophomore in high school.  And it perfectly captures my teenage angst. And my adult angst.

Only recently have I been able to say (and feel comfortable saying), “I am an introvert.”

I’m not shy. I’m not withdrawn. I’m not a snob or a bitch. I am introverted in a world that prizes the extroverted. I value deep connections with a limited number of people over surface connections with many people. I gain energy from being alone and expend it (sometimes really quickly) with social interaction. I am generally quiet and reserved, especially around big groups of people. I love people. I enjoy deep, meaningful conversations. Small talk at parties, though? I can do it, but it is rough for me. It is draining. Any social interaction is draining. Sort of like this:

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-10-10/?Page=2

Now, as a child and younger adult, I just thought something was wrong with me. I thought I was shy and awkward. I worked hard to fight against what I saw as deficiencies in my personality. I envied those who were outspoken and confident. In short, I spent a lot of time beating myself up for who I am. Bummer. It’s only been recently that I’ve come across research and explanations (even a whole book) on introversion.

http://io9.com/the-science-behind-extroversion-and-introversion-1282059791

It has been eye opening and refreshing for me. I wouldn’t say that it has changed the way I interact with people, but it has allowed me to appreciate my distinct personality and the positive personality traits associated with introversion. I still work hard (most of the time) to interact with others, to meet new people, and to, in general, not be a hermit, but I also allow myself alone time to rest and recharge and I don’t feel guilty for it.

It’s also been interesting to observe my children and their own tendencies towards introversion or extraversion. I have one child who is much more extroverted than the rest of us. She needs social interaction. She is energized and alive when she is in social situations. It is important to me, as her mother, to be aware of this.

So, tell me, are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Quote Number 2

“Are you walking the dog or is the dog walking you?

This lovely quote is something that I hear on a nearly daily basis, sometimes more than once. From old men, specifically. I walk our dog. He’s big. He was born and lived the first three years of his life in the country and hiked with me off leash. He hates the leash now. Passionately. And did I mention he’s big? I am certain that it does appear at times like he is walking me, not the other way around. We are living in RV parks with a large senior citizen population. The older ladies smile and say hello as Cooper and I walk by. The older men say, “Are you walking that dog or is the dog walking you? Ha, ha, ha.”

The first time I heard it….ha, ha, ha. The 50th? Not so funny.

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Quote Number 3

“My doctor tells me that I have a floppy vagina. I think it’s from underuse.”

This quote was overheard in the recreation hall at the RV park. A group of older ladies were putting together a puzzle and apparently discussing their physician visits? All four of my children heard this discussion.

My kids, innocently paying poker in the rec hall and listening to adult conversations. ;-)

My kids, innocently paying poker in the rec hall and listening to adult conversations. ;-)

Quote Number 4

“Cooper, do you want to go for a swim?”

This quote is from me, after a particularly hard walk with the dog in which he pulled so hard on the leash to get to another dog that he knocked me over.

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Quote Number 5

“Go. Just go. Do you think she knows how to go?”

This quote is a Frozen reference. The quote in the movie is, “Knock. Just knock. Do you think she knows how to knock?” Jaten said the above during a particularly intense game of Chinese Checkers at the rec hall. I was daydreaming and didn’t realize it was my turn.

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Quote Number 6

“525,600 minutes”

This quote is, of course, from the musical/movie Rent. We are a musical loving family. We watched Rent (again) this last weekend and have been singing the songs all week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj7LRuusFqo

This song stands out to me because we have committed to this gypsy life of ours for a year. And there are a lot of things I hope will come out of the year. We are going to learn so much. We are going to see so much. Most importantly, though, we’re going to enjoy time together. So, how do you measure a year?

“Measure your life in love.”

Thanks to all of you supporting and loving us on this great adventure.

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12 Comments

  1. Michelle Wann
    Feb 12, 2014

    Love this!!!

    • Toni
      Feb 12, 2014

      Oh, thank you, Michelle!

  2. Josh
    Feb 12, 2014

    My name is Josh and I’m an introvert. Who won that game anyway?

    • Toni
      Feb 12, 2014

      The first step is admitting you have a problem, my lover. Oh, wait, it’s not a problem. It’s wonderful! Celebrate (quietly, by yourself

      And I think you want me to tell everyone that you said you were going to win that game and then you did. :-)

  3. Megan Zook
    Feb 12, 2014

    Introvert. I can completely relate to what you wrote!

    • Toni
      Feb 12, 2014

      I suspected you might be a fellow introvert, Megan! Introverts unite (separately and quietly)!

  4. Kristi
    Feb 12, 2014

    Love these quotes! I love the alligator sign. It reminded me of when we lived in Florida and would take the dogs for walks by the canals, where there were rumored to be alligators. One day Randy, our black dog, leaned over the edge to get a drink and went in head first. Because he was black, he disappeared in the water. Freaked me out. After that, he became known as the deep sea diver, as he did it every time he leaned over the edge to get a drink. LOL.

    A floppy vagina. That’s hilarious! Wendy always says if you don’t use it, you lose it! Ha ha!

    You guys are some serious Chinese Checkers players!

    Extrovert. I’m glad you allowed me into your introvert world :)

    • Toni
      Feb 12, 2014

      Oh, Kristi, poor Randy, that’s sad and hilarious at the same time….and we didn’t see any alligators. We keep hoping, but nothing so far.

      Use it or lose it, I agree!

      Chinese Checkers is a serious, strategic game. :-)

      Yes, you are definitely an extrovert. I’m glad I “allowed” you, too, my friend. 😉

  5. Rad
    Feb 13, 2014

    Josh is an introvert? Interesting, I didn’t see that. I’m an extrovert, sorry loud and obnoxious :) and question 3 made me laugh out loud to myself. Lol. You guys rock. Love your blog. Can’t wait for the Barney movie and not the weird purple one..

    • Toni
      Feb 13, 2014

      Hey, Rad! Josh is definitely an introvert, though it is a sliding scale, you know? No one is completely introverted or completely extroverted. I am much more introverted than he is, for sure.

      Quote 3 was a doozy, wasn’t it? Thanks so much for the compliments. Thank you also for reading and for your support of us. It is much appreciated! Looking forward to heading over your way at some point in this great adventure!

  6. Acacia
    Feb 14, 2014

    1. Introvert
    2. Don’t have a dog
    3. Hahaha!
    4. Don’t have a dog – yay!
    5. Favorite scene from frozen: when Olaf sings about summer
    6. Never seen Rent.. I’m putting it on my list.
    Love you guys.

    • Toni
      Feb 16, 2014

      1. Uh-huh.
      2. Sometimes I like the dog. Sometimes.
      3. Let’s not sign up for floppy vaginas, okay?
      4. Dumb dog.
      5. “When I finally do what frozen things do in summer!”
      6. Rent!! Watch it!
      Love you more!!!

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