Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My First Flame...And I Ain't Talkin' Boyfriends....

Someone doesn't heart me.

Get in line "anonymous." I'm not everyone's cup of tea.

And now THIS heartbreak (tongue-firmly-in-cheek)

Bo's looks don't meet your standards. Our moral compass is evil. Bo is destined to fail and have a miserable life. Where were you when I was ASKING for advice? Had I only known, we might not have fallen down so flat.


(Anonymous's comments appear around #30 in the comments on "Bo's Senior Photos". My response is shortly thereafter for the interested.) UPDATE: Her name is LENA and she has written again, as have I. She has my admiration for coming back and identifying herself.

And the following is food for thought:

For Fortitude:

"He has no enemy, you say;
My friend your boast is poor,
He who hath mingled in the fray
Of duty that the brave endure
Must have made foes.
If he has none
Small is the work that he has done.
He has hit no traitor on the hip;
Has cast no cup from perjured lip;
Has never turned the wrong to right;
Has been a coward in the fight.

~Anastasius Grun

May you be brave today and go forth doing good and bringing joy!

For Humor:

This one just gave me the chuckle I needed: :-)

"He has no enemies but is intensely disliked by his friends." Oscar Wilde

And finally, for Inspiration:


People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank; people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God It was never between you and them anyway.

Reportedly written my Mother Theresa and found in an orphange where she dedicated her life.

Thank you for making me think of all this today, Anonymous! Sometimes we need a challenge.


  1. Goodness! That person is horrible. I had one from a person named Lulu, whew! Took my breath away. Still there are those who love you and think your daughter is very beautiful. The photos are great!

    Hang in there...the enemy is annoying...that is all.


  2. I say, why give anonymous the time of day? What a waste!

  3. Okay that may not have come out right....NOT a waste of your time and energy, Robynn: but a waste for anonymous, yes, small letter a. And I'm guessing if anonymous has the time and energy to go around critizing others choices in how they raise their kids and how they think their kids should look then anonymous is a sad, sad little person: and that is a waste.

  4. All I can say about this is.. Life is too short for enemies.
    Anonymous, I hope life treats you better tomorrow.
    Life can be so much fun! Give it a try.
    Pet an animal. It is proven to lower stress. Goats are great pets. That's it. You need a bottle baby goat, like Miracle Eve!!
    Have a great day.
    (I knew I'd come up with a solution!!)

  5. Boy, you can sure tell it's a whole new world. I just the fact that my parents taught me ,If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." is lost on todays generation.
    I feel sorry for anonymous.Must not of been anyone in their life to teach them manners. Don't fret, Robynn, there's plenty of people out here that love what you've done and how you've raised your children.

  6. Robynn, ...call her "Bo" forever. You have a beautiful daughter,... and a beautiful relationship with her. Some people are just envious and it turns them mean. Hugs!

  7. I loved your response, Robynn. I too am impressed that you left the comment up...I've had some wicked comments left on my sites (about the nasty fate they wished for my Sophie) and I promptly deleted them. I admire your strength and your class...but that's nothing new. :)

  8. Robynn, I am so sorry someone did that.

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  10. Try # 2

    It is really a shame when time is wasted on hate....maybe some of us "Religious Nut Home-School Moms" should pray for this one.

    Bo ~ your gorgeous .....you know what God wants from you. Our society needs more Bo's and less anonymous-es in the world.....Morality and purity is never wrong....just because it makes society uncomfortable and society says it is wrong ......It does not make it true.

    May Peace be with you....anonymous
    ......and the hurt, trouble and hate you bring.

  11. Robynn
    I love the Mother Theresa quote...reminds me of the Martina McBride song,"Anyway." I'm going to email it via YouTube...Love you so much! ~Janine XO




  13. Well I missed a doozy of a day to not have internet!! Oh my cow! Were you an attorney in another life? I am so coming to you if ever I come under attack 'cause your response was sheer genius!! Not only should you be extremely proud of Miss Bo and her beautiful self, but I sure hope Hannah Bo is equally as impressed with her mom. What a powerful lesson in "grace under fire." Love to both of you :)

  14. I'm simply speechless... and for those of you whoknow me, that's saying something!

    Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
    Blaise Pascal

  15. NO Kidding... to what 'Vicky' said.
    So, that's my response, that is, what Vicky said. :-)
    Still doing taxes ...so haven't been around much... just unbelievable- that last post's comment. Peace to HB as she is slim and attractive to me ...anything less is a stick figure- and those are NOT attractive.
    Course the 2 previous lines I wrote are somewhat superficial since our bodies are just the shells we have been given and it's not what really counts anyway.
    Better get~

  16. I love, love the "Do it Anyway". I have heard it before, but forgotten. Thanks for the reminder! That is the kind of attitude I want to have and build into my children!

  17. Oh, and I just saw Bo's pictures. She is a beautiful girl and it sounds like inside, too! I loved that post you wrote, too. What a wonderful summation of what it is like to be a mother when your baby begins to spread their wings! I pray anonymous will learn something from you and your daughter.

  18. Oh the ennemy is raging these days. I am living with mine right now, I can't even delete his comments if I wanted to. It's always refreshing for me to come here and read your blog.

    I wonder what caused Leah to even read your blog to begin with, where did she find you? You know what I mean? It doesn;t sound like she travels in the same circles as you and your followers/friends do. Oh well.

  19. Ugh. Ugh at ugly thinking...which is what anonymous/Lena displayed. And ugh, I thought that I commented about this post already. I remember it.

    I must have decided that I had a mental block. It happens often!

    Hugs! And the commenter only succeeded in displaying trouble within herself. Which is sad.

    While I don't think I have the same religious beliefs as you, I have read and communicated with you enough to KNOW what a lovely human being you are. You can see that loving energy and light in your daughter!

    It is beautiful!

  20. I'm a big believer in the idea that you never know how strong you are, and how true you are to your own morals, until you meet adversity and handle it correctly...so, to me, meeting up with people who don't like me is an opportunity.

    I think you met your opportunity well.

  21. Loved this post, Robynn! So right on!

  22. Bravo Robynn and well said! Your blog is wonderful and your daughter is lovely and I always enjoy my time here. If a visitor comes with an open heart, he or she will leave with it filled.
    You always tell it like it is and I admire that.

  23. Wow! I think you handled that quite well. When I read that she hadn't been kisses, I made the assumption she was a late bloomer like me. Nothing wrong with that. But we all know what happens with you assume so I kept it myself.

    It must be easy to never put yourself out there for others to see and judge and yet go comment anonymously and meanly. UGH

  24. Oh my God! The nerve of SOME people?!
    This is something I do not understand. People may have different opinions, and I think everyone is entitled to their own, but to go around insulting people, and calling them names, and hurt them? It's very clever of you, you did not delete the comment. That way we can all go back and read what a terrible person this is!
    Hugs dear, your daughter looks great!

  25. Okay ... now I have read the dialog with anon/Lena .. I find it interesting she came back .. clearly to see if her remark had been deleted or responded to ... so her nastiness was not off the cuff, it was intended.

    I think Hannah Bo is an exquisitely lovely girl and looks like you! I also read her comment and its clear you raised a very terrific young woman and have every reason to be proud.

    I suspect anon/Lena is jealous of both your relationship with your daughter and her beauty.

    So to anon/Lena I say: bite me

  26. I think that Teresa and gafarmwoman, said it all!

  27. THANK YOU, Robynn ... I found you through my daughter (Bz) hope she doesn't mind my telling you that we're related. I actually decided to start a blog because of her ... and you. I love your positive outlook ... life is too short to waste time being angry, being full of regrets or being sad. And that is one of the reasons that I named my blog "it's never too late for a happy childhood" Bz warned me about 'spilling too much' personal information about myself (for the exact reason that I was so troubled with your 'anonymous commenter'. In a nutshell ... I didn't have a 'Beaver Clever' upbringing ... there was some rough stuff ... it took the love of a wonderful, caring husband (of almost 43 years) and LOTS of therapy (!) to arrive where I am now. I didn't have a happy childhood ... but I discovered that happiness is actually a decision (like making lemonade out of lemons, kinda thing) This may sound very simpleton ... but I LEARN from yesterday, I LIVE for today, and I HOPE for tomorrow. My hospice patients taught me that philosophy ... this is much too long an explanation, I'm sorry, I do tend to ramble, but that's why the title and I, too, look forward to our 'little chats'

  28. Robynn,

    I commented early on yesterday so I missed the "drama" that unfolded later in the day. I want to say that I am so impressed with your writing skills and your charity towards others. It would have been easy to delete the comment and move on. But instead, you used it as a learning opportunity for us and you defended yourself and your daughter (who is beautiful and skinny!!!) while showing yourself to be eloquent and kind. All the reasons I come back to your site on a regular basis. :)


    I love and appreciate you all so much. Your comments have been such an encouragement and I feel blessed to be part of you.

    Thanks for choosing to follow me and to keep coming back day after day. WHAT an incredible bright spot in my life. I FEEL LOVED!

    ((((Big Group Hug! lol)))

  30. Your response to this situation is admirable...and no doubt difficult. It is easy to cry "unfair" and walk away. It is much more difficult to engage and respect. Thank you for demonstrating courage.

  31. Well done you for treating Lena with kindness.

  32. Oh my goodness dear dear Robynn.
    What a thing. You were stalwart and wonderful in your answer yesterday to Lena. I really hope she read it and reads all this too. Isn't it odd how people think that because you simply want good things and God in your life that you are a fool. When, in your case, dear friend, it is so evident that you are a Wise Soul. Glad I am your friend. If I may be so bold. So much love to you. XX (and to that gorgeous beautiful daughter of yours... XX)

  33. Hey Robynn...
    It's almost 4 am here I just couldn't go to sleep without coming by to thank you. Your comments are always a delight and your daily humor brings me neverending joy. I just saw Bo's Senior pictures .. WOW! She's Beautiful!
    I'm so sorry that you had to deal with nasty anonymous remarks.. You handled the situation perfectly .. Just like the true Christian Woman that you are.
    Have A Blessed Easter Holiday.
    He Is Risen!