Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blame the English teachers.

Ah, yes. Blogging. There you are. Always waiting and so trusty. Blogging is different than instagram and facebook and, certainly different than twitter.  These are where words are penned to figurative paper.  I think ideas are made and kept here and so that's why I won't stop blogging, probably ever. Even though a younger generation doesn't understand why these blogs really exist.  I'll tell you a secret: Because Ideas are more than a picture of yourself asking for likes, young chickens.

I digress. As you may notice, I am using capital letters, and for that, we can mark the ending of an era. I have had to practice to make capitals at the beginning of my sentences because, apparently, when you write a book, people like it to be grammatically correct and proper so they can know what's going on in your brain. The order is soothing and comfortable and as much as I've pushed back on it, I can see why some of it is necessary.  This is a previous English teacher speaking, so don't tell anyone I cared more about the kid's ideas and flow more than I cared about their capitals and proper spelling.  Getting an idea across in a relatable, convincing manner is something that has been lost.  Just look at your Facebook and you'll understand. People unable to communicate civilly and logically--which I attribute directly to their high school English teachers, who teach "Communication Arts" or the Art of communication?  But really slam punctuation and grammar down throats without teaching simultaneously that thoughtfully(i.e. convincingly) communicating ideas, and while listening intently to other's ideas (thus forming an educated opinion), is the number one human skill ever in the universe times infinity.

Unlike the Pythagorean theorem, in which I can not spell correctly for the life of me(prayer emoji hands for spellcheck), communicating ideas is a life skill that will actually be helpful, say, at the coffee shop or on snap chat. Wait. But you get the point.

I keep digressing. However, I haven't been on here for in forevs, so I have a lot of words all cooped up.
(But you just used the words FOREVS and you sound stupid! To that, I say, Your mom sounds stupid. )

So I'm changing. Like I have done lots of times on this blog.  You will have, by now, seen me flutter between different ideas and thoughts and styles of writing and clothing. If you've stayed with me for any number years, you've watched me grow up on this blog.  A lot can happen between 7 or so years. I am happy to say that I am not the same person I was those years back and I can look forward and predict that I will continue this trajectory of change.  I like having a soft heart, unlike my previous self. I don't know if it comes from the gospel or if it comes from age--or perhaps it is the beauty of the gospel in aging. Both in body and Spirit. I have made peace with myself physically in many regards(I will admit freely that more work needs to happen in this department) and congruently, I don't need to have all the answers anymore. I don't need to change people's hearts.  Oh the freedom there. For writers and mothers and wives and teachers and neighbors and sisters and co-workers.  I can simply, enjoy you and your crazy idea without taking it personally and wanting to send hate emojis to your inbox.
(here is a picture of me being 33)

The 30's have been good to me in this way.  Sure, my body is fluffy and saggy in many-a-place. My mind is sharper than it's ever been though, and I'm even using capital letters in writing!(sarcastic exclamatory, by the way). I guess none of it matters though when your identity arrows tell you not to find value in those items, which surely all go away in some regard as one ages.  Again, there's a lot of freedom in that. To live out today and try and Glorify Christ and Enjoy Him Forever --as we tell each other catechism style in this house, on the daily. Some days I robotically say it and other days it throws me into waves of grace changing me and freeing me to do such things as overuse parenthetical remarks in a blog post. Or being kind to people. Both have value.

I don't know why I came here to say all that, but I needed to start writing here again. Just casually, with no pressure of a topic and I figured you guys would get that. I mean, if you're here still, then you are considered a friend that has some "seen some things" but doesn't let it keep us from our internet friendship. Made myself laugh…sounds all craigslist.

And with that, I'll talk to you all soon.

Jami


20 comments:

  1. So I just typed this really long ass comment and then it didn't publish. (Sad emoji) But I'll try to convey the message again...

    Welcome back! I, for one, am still here after many years, and I have completely enjoyed watching you change, grow, and soften...not because I thought you needed it, but because you share your heart in a way that leads me to the cross and invites change in my own life. And you do it without the flowery Christianese that has taken over social media of late.:-)

    Also, I pretty much copied your old house kitchen reno when we updated our own and considered it the hugest compliment when a newish friend saw our completed kitchen for the first time and said, "this reminds me of an awesome blogger chick Jami Nato's kitchen!" Mission accomplished.

    One more thing - I am looking forward to reading your book more than I have any book in the history of ever. Our stories share many similarities, and while I expect parts of it will be a hard read for me (I was the offender in the hard of our story), I know that the entire thing will be laced with His goodness and grace and beauty from ashes. Thank you for doing the hard work of putting it down on paper and sharing it with the world. I am, even now, praying for you sister.

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  2. Despite you blogging on and off, your blog is still one of my favorites. I can relate to you. (If you get this more than once, the first one was deleted...it may reappear mysteriously.)

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  3. Oh yeah, still here. Glad to see this unread post pop up in my Feedly. I always love reading what you have to say!

    Hannah

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  4. Your blog is a total favorite, and I love that you still write every now and again! I'll take all I can get, hehe! xoxo katie

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  5. Thank you for sharing your words and grown-upness with us. Hope the book is going well and we start hearing from you more.

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  6. I've used the Pythagorean theorem in the last week. Seriously. Love, a former Algebra teacher.

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  7. Keep writing here. We are still here. You are my favorite writer

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  8. want you to know i noticed the appearance of capital letters IN THE FIRST SENTENCE. man, you and emily both now. missed your blogging and your real face. glad we have fixed one of those things, hope we fix the next one soon. also, love your long hairs. xoxo!

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  9. So glad you are back! Your understanding of the gospel and how it impacts our daily lives is so valuable... and you are terribly hilarious. I truly enjoy you.

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  10. So glad to see you back here! Blogging thoughts is so important! Down with scheduled posting and what boys lets blog like its 2007!

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  11. Yes! Write more! I love your words--capitals or no capitals (and I teach writing at the college level).

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  12. I adore you. Thankful for your refreshing perspective and funny digressions. :)

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  13. Hi there--future English teacher (probably possibly? if I finish the program, yikes) here :)
    I just found your blog today (through a link to the "something has to change" Christmas post from a billion years ago), and started reading through these recent posts. I have to say, it is so insightful and delightful to see and hear about the world through your voice and experiences. It's also weirdly timely that I'm reading this now, because I'm also getting back into blogging (both following blogs and writing posts) after a long drought. It's a privilege to hear your thoughts and reflections--thank you for sharing♥ Looking forward to reading more in the days to come!

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  14. I just turned 33 yesterday. I would have to agree that the 30's have been gentle i a lot of ways!! Love that you are writing!

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  15. Missed you... Thankful to read anything you write. He always uses your words to minister in some way. Never fails.

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  16. Jami...your transparency is encouraging. Your real-ness (is that even a word?) is refreshing. This ole world is getting crazier by the second. Your take on life is spot on. So keep on keeping on lady!

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  17. I've missed you! Welcome back.

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  18. If you think you've made peace with your body already in your 30's, then wait another 10 years until the 40's and real aging hits! LOL. As I have about 10 years on you, I'm right there. But seriously, you've come to a pretty good place over time. All that about not needing to change anyone else and not taking it personally anymore. Dead on, sister! A book from you will be a treat and any writing you choose to do from here, too. But don't ask me to start using caps. That went out the window when I was trying to nurse and type at the same time. :) and I don't miss it. God bless!

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