The whole idea came from the book MrsB is reading at the moment, “What Alice Forgot” and the amnesia that the heroine goes through following a fall, causing her to forget the last 10 years of her life. That caused a blog roll, in the true sense, and here I am, considering myself my life and the many changes I have been through in the last 10 years!
If I was Alice and woke up tomorrow morning thinking it was the 20th of November 2003, I would be:
- Totally bewildered that I no longer live in Romania, in the same apartment I used to live with my parents and younger brother.
- Surprised I am no longer a university student, as I was back in 2003.
- Pleasantly surprised to find a handsome, loving man calling himself my husband 🙂
- Mesmerised and over the moon with this beautiful and clever girl who calls me mummy and my growing bump. I had always wanted two children and here, my dreams are coming true!
- Probably have to re-learn to drive. I only learned to drive after I moved to Northern Ireland, in 2007!
- Re-acquainting myself with all our Irish friends and our church. I would be pleased to find out I’m attending a lively church, with caring members, as I’d imagined I would be back in the day.
- Surprised to find out some of my old friends are no longer my friends, not as close as we used to be, anyway…
- Overwhelmed to find out we have moved house 7 times in the last 7 years, one house for every year I was married!!
- Disappointed that I haven’t managed to secure a steady job as I had imagined myself I would by this age but amazed with the versatility and adaptability I had proved over the years as a substitute teacher, blogger, wife and mummy.
- Have forgotten all the important life lessons I have learned in the last 10 years:
- Not remember, for example, that life passes you by whether you choose to live it or not, so don’t sweat the small stuff!
- Have found out that God can make up for the “years that the locusts ate” and give me the love of a man I still believe I don’t deserve and a beautiful family I am grateful for and try not to take for granted.
- That, on the other hand, addictions like the one my dad suffers from, can drain a family totally of resources, energy and emotions and NEVER have a happy end. This would be actually the only static thing in my life if I was to wake up amnesic, the situation my dad has been in for all these years…
- Surprised I have learned to use make up and own now a good few pairs of high heels. I used to be such a tomboy back in 2001.
- Shocked that I am a few kilos heavier than I used to be. But then, I would put it down to the pregnancy, I suppose 🙂
- So pleased I live in a nice big house, as I hoped I would, with plenty of room for guests and children to play.
- Utterly surprised that I have suffered from postnatal depression and that I now suffer from hypothyroidism that makes me tired and moody, especially when around children. I always imagined myself to be a natural mummy and would be shocked to find out it hadn’t been the case!
- Pleased that I still like to watch old movies, like “The Sound of Music.”
- Relieved to know I still LOVE books and reading and find it the most relaxing activity I can think of.
- Not surprised to find out I tried skiing but was rubbish at it.
- Pleased to find out I am good at cooking and feeding my family nutritious, tasty and healthy meals.
- Over the moon that my mum is still alive, I would pick up the phone to call her at once, as I still do daily!
Well, that’s my list. I don’t have a picture that goes back as far as 2003, I left them all in my parents’ apartment but I have dug up a picture from 2006, when I first met hubby. Can you see the difference :-)?