My first words on the first page of my very first blog website.
I am sitting in my beautiful craft room- slash-creative office with my morning coffee, trying to find a unique and totally “me” way to begin this new chapter of my life. According to my friends and family, it’s been a long time coming and I am excited to open this book and embark on this rather scary journey of blogging. But I’m also a bit nervous. It reminds me of the first day of a new school year. I agonize over so many questions. Will I do the right things? Will I say the right words? Will they like me? Will they be my friend? Fortunately, the one thing I don’t have to worry about is what to wear, which I remember was very high on the list of stress conductors as the first day of school approached. No, I can pretty much sit here in my sweat pants and a comfy t-shirt and slippers and realize that you are most likely dressed in a similar manner while you read this…and we’re OK. No stuffy shirt and tie formality in this blog will be allowed. So here’s how the dialog will go on our first school day. It’s a time honored tradition that must be taught in all universities for “Teaching 101.” Our teacher will begin by asking us to share our name and a bit about our self.
I have the answer to that. I raise my hand, swinging it wildly hoping, hoping, hoping that she’ll pick on me.
My name is Connie Nice (Maiden name Durham which you will hear more about in the Family Treasures blog). I was born in 1950-something, in the beautiful Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon. I moved to the Willamette Valley in Oregon right after my high school graduation. There I met the love of my life David. We have moved a bit over the years from Sweet Home, Oregon to the Tillamook coast, and now to one of the most beautiful places on earth…the Columbia River Gorge. I am the mother of one son (Aaron) and one daughter (Rachel); who I am immensely proud of and who have over the years provided me many interesting family and life experiences to share. I am also honored to be “Grandma” to a very special little boy in my life (little Aaron). I love music, travel, the outdoors, teaching and encouraging others, cultural and community heritage, and writing; all of which will lay the basis for what I share in Connie’s Corner. And I’m glad to be here.
That went pretty good. Take a deep breath.
“What did you do over the summer?” is the next typical question asked on the first day of school.
Oh my, I have so much to share about this past summer starting with a family getaway to the Oregon Coast to lots of Saturday adventures with the little guy. But I also want to share about last summer and the summers, winters, falls and springs that go way back to the beginning of my family tree. Telling stories of our families and passing them on to the next generation is so important in today’s “instant 144 character” world. So we’ll let the answer to this question evolve as this blog continues.
And then the last question. The one that is always asked and I still can’t really answer. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Like every little girl, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Who doesn’t want to help sick kitties and puppies? Then later in middle school, I was heavily involved in music and my life goal was to become the first woman orchestra conductor. At some point, I will write about how I worked towards that dream and what happened in my life that changed my trajectory. Now more as an adult, I want to be a wonderful wife and great mother (and Grandmother). I have a job that I love as the Museum Director at our small community museum in Hood River, Oregon (The History Museum of Hood River County), but when you look at this list it shows services or actions that I want (or wanted) to do for others. I think we need to dig deeper. What do you want to be? I want to be kind to others and empathetic to their needs. And I want to have the resources and ability to step up and help when I see a need. I want to be loving. Loving in a way that crosses over cultural lines and does away with prejudices. Love that results in actions even when I may not agree with or totally understand the other person. I want to be hopeful. In today’s world there just too many “gloom and doom” messages out there to steal our hope and our joy. I won’t be spreading a “downer” message in Connie’s Corner. I want to be a “light”. Someone who can bring all these…kindness, love and hope to others around me.
And in the words of Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, “I really do want World Peace!” I want to be remembered. Don’t you?
There! I made it. The first day of something big and new for me.
Who would have thought at my age that something so exciting and new would present itself as an opportunity? In closing, I would invite you to share this blog with your friends, and be sure to visit often. We’re going to talk about lots of wonderful thought provoking things and maybe we’ll learn a little bit as we go along. In my corner there is room for you to pull up a chair and join me….and be whatever we want to be.