Another Introduction

I find it impossible to introduce myself in writing to strangers, telling them a little bit about me in a way that helps them understand who I am. I worry about the  image my self-description creates.

knit

WTF?

I’m certainly not a gray-haired granny knitting booties from a rocker but I do have nine grandchildren. I don’t knit, though. I try it every couple of years. My fingers are too fat. The work is mindless. The instructions are the stuff of metaphysical science and I can’t understand them.

I also have a rocker on my screened front porch and I love to sit in it. Since I’ve had it, a pair of them actually, I’ve assumed they were poorly made and that the chair part was placed too far forward on the rockers, causing the chair to lean forward and the rocking back action to be a task, not a relaxing endeavor which is the job of the chairs, to relax me while I stare into the abyss.

I like the chairs anyway because they look good on the porch, evoking just the mood I set out to create.

Last fall, in preparation for a hard, cold, dark, prison-like winter, I went to move the chairs into the barn for storage. During this once yearly exercise, one of the chairs happened to be turned backwards, facing the house. I plopped into it for a quick rest and to lament the coming months of cold, dreary, hateful hell in the middle of the United States. I nearly rocked ass-over-head backwards and realized at once that the chairs are constructed exactly right. My porch is sloped.

Also, my hair is not gray. I’m a Boomer. Full of vain pride and trying desperately to stay relevant in my old age.  Nice to meet you.


How I See Myself


How My Kids See Me


How My Husband Sees Me


How My Mom Sees Me

How My Mom Sees Me


How My Friends See Me

How My Friends See Me


How My Grand Kids See Me

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95 thoughts on “Another Introduction

  1. The C-Sweet says:

    Another Soul Sister here and I also knit….I’m skimming at the moment because my kids will be home from school at any moment but I’m coming back to read more as I’m sure there are some good laughs in here. Thanks for stopping by The C-Sweet!! xo

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  2. The C-Sweet says:

    p.s. the pics and your captions are just perfect although I’m not sure what you were thinking when you paired those white shoes with that motorcycle cat suit thing you have on but I’m sure you had a good reason…..

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  3. The C-Sweet says:

    p.p.s. I’m sorry to overstay my welcome but I just love the caption under the knitting instructions…..I may just hang out here on your blog and never go back to my own….got any chardonnay in the fridge?

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    • bzirkone says:

      No such thing as overstaying…please do stay! I have no chardonnay but I have some cab sav in the wine rack. That sounds pretty fancy but in full disclosure it’s the ONLY bottle in the wine rack and the rack itself is something I found at a thrift store….but still..I have fancy glasses so hang around. I’m also enjoying your site http://fromthecsweet.com/2016/01/03/jusjojan-socs-hit-pause/ . Check out my post on Facebooking with Grandma…you’ll laugh. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. And please, come back often.

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      • The C-Sweet says:

        Appreciate the warm welcome and next time I come over I’ll bring some wine – a bottle to drink and a bottle for the wine rack. God Bless you for being a Granny….I had my first child at 40 so I’m a Boomer with kids in middle school….see why I immediately jump to the wine thing? They just got home from the first back back to school since the holiday….one of them is happy…I wonder how the other one’s doing, LOL.

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  4. bzirkone says:

    Oh… that struggle is real. I started late as well and had my last one in my early 30s. I never really fit in at school functions. At one point my baby was in high school and I had a grandchild so yeah…life is messy. Well mine is.

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  5. bzirkone says:

    The first grandchild was not from the high school girl…not that it matters…but the oldest went right out and got married and started a baby-making tour. She ended up with three but now I’ve got nine grands and two on the way.

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  6. selfimprovingnan says:

    So funny! I enjoyed this blog post. The pictures and captions are so true for many of us who are called grandma.

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  7. That wasn’t very nice stealing MY photo for the “How I see myself” shot.
    Fun post BZ!

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    • bzirkone says:

      Well you know what they say… great minds think alike.. okay that doesn’t really work for us but maybe we are twins separated at birth. That works better. We both certainly had a wild time in our youth. And both have great minds for that matter. We just don’t think alike. 🙂

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  8. kingdom777 says:

    Thanks for the follow. I don’t knit either. I like your rocking chairs. You don’t seem to be off your rocker 🙂 I’m still laughing over how you see yourself versus the grandies and other people. God bless, Jo

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  9. bzirkone says:

    Thank you for stopping by. Those aren’t my rockers but mine are similar. I wrote this a long time ago and had a cool shot of my chairs but I couldn’t find it when I posted the essay so I used this photo instead. Had fun reading your blog as well.

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    • K. Q. Duane says:

      Thanks for following my blog. I too am a Meema. I’ve got 7 but only see 4 as my son married a psycho/bitch who dragged him away to never never land. I write (my blog), rock (mine are walnut), drink (scotch), love (my hubby of 44 years), and baby my 4 babies. Life is good!

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  10. bzirkone says:

    Life is good. I saw your comments on another blog. I am settling in the for the evening and getting ready to stalk your site. Sounds like you have a good time over there. Thanks for the comment.

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  11. koolaidmoms says:

    Awesome introduction. Stopping over from OM and now a new follower!

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  12. Janice Wald says:

    PS, I wanted to respond to your post. I am like you. I want to stay “relevant” in my middle years. I am my school’s yearbook teacher, so I feel it’s important to keep my ear to the pulse of what is happening today. I also make a pop culture magazine with the students. I am a grandma by marriage, so I related to what you wrote in your introduction.
    Janice

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  13. bzirkone says:

    Thank you. I’m often bored with pop culture but I keep watching and reading so I can at least have conversations with people younger than me. I love finding good blogs to read interesting perspectives on this crazy life.

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  14. […] just re-read @Bzirk’s Another Introduction and peeing my pants again….especially the comments so I just had to share […]

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    • bzirkone says:

      I laughed out loud…my sentiments exactly about knitting… Thank you for the mention and I will return the favor. I’ve been stalking your blog all day and laughing.. xx

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  15. Deb says:

    This was so funny,and made me want to be a grandma. I know…I should probably start with being a Ma first. I have always envisioned having a rocker on my porch. I will be sure to have a flat porch too! Got here through C-Sweet…will be staying coz you sound awesome.

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    • bzirkone says:

      Being grandma is the best thing ever. Flat porches are essential to good rocking, however, I am proof you can achieve a decent rock even with a slope. I love C-Sweet–she keeps me laughing. I’ve been stalking her blog all evening and enjoying her work. Thanks for the follow and I will check out your blog as well.

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  16. This post is hysterical. I found myself smiling throughout. I want those rockers – where’d you get them? I’m young just like you – six grandkids. Not possible, but true. I like your attitude, sister!! Thanks for finding me at roughwighting. I look forward to reading your blog regularly.

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  17. […] might help to read my short introduction, another introduction to understand that I’m old but I’m not a grey-haired old granny. I don’t want to be young […]

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  18. You are hilarious!! Love the pics =D

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  19. Gina says:

    Really enjoyed this post and will be back for more. I have grandbaby #4 coming in March.

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  20. Eric says:

    53, grandfather, and love this post…. how my husband sees me still has me chuckling

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    • bzirkone says:

      Thank you. My husband doesn’t read my work much but he read this one and laughed pretty hard. He also didn’t deny it. :/ Thanks for reading. I wrote an odd piece about being our age. You might like it. I’ll have to go find the link if you want to read it.

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  21. A delightful post. The photos certainly have me laughing. Looking forward to following your website.

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  22. Leah says:

    I’m still chuckling about the rocking chairs. As soon as I read that you had the chair sitting ‘backwards’ I knew where you were going to take me. So good.

    I also really like the series of pictures – how people see you… very clever. Thanks for the Sunday morning laugh.

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    • bzirkone says:

      Thank you, I appreciate your comments. You must have some experience living in an old house. Mine was built in 1921 and there are no plumb walls or unsloped porches. I love it more everyday. Thanks for reading.

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  24. Becky says:

    My mother and my sister knit, and I just never could get the hang of it. They also sew. I can’t do that either and that’s ok, because I am neither my mother or my sister. I really enjoyed this post.
    I will be 48 this year, and I went blonde to hide the grey, (It looks like highlights now. I get all kinds of complements on it and I take them gladly).

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    • bzirkone says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you liked it. I think we all have some version of how we think we are interpreted in our world(s). I do sew but haven’t for awhile–self taught because a daughter needed a fancy dress I could not afford and I could not afford sewing lessons. I’m not sure why I love sewing because I not normally very crafty. I think it must be the creating part.

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  25. woundedcat says:

    Love the pictures- hilarious!

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  26. bzirkone says:

    Thank you…they are pretty accurate all things considered.

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  27. […] not think we like something, or that it’s defective, until we turn it around. This particular gem at Bzirkworld makes that […]

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  28. Nice to meet you too bzirkone! And I like how you depict how others see you. How you see yourself is as a sexy hiker chic is great. Truly enjoyed your post. 😊

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    • bzirkone says:

      Thank you Ann…I appreciate your encouragement. I also enjoy perusing your site..the photos are fun and the recipes…all keepers. And thank you for not posting recipes in a slide-show. I hate that. So complicated.

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  29. OMG So funny!!! Especially the picture of your mom seeing you picking your nose! REALLY!? LOL This is great

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  30. Love the pics, they always think of grandparents as someone magical, I’m going to be 62 next Wednesday and with 10 grandchildren there’s never a dull moment when they’re around. I bet you really do look like the first picture (how you see yourself) because I know I still look as though I’m in my teens. I don’t recognise the old get in the mirror though I feel I should xo

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  31. kutukamus says:

    Nope, that rocket-WTF-cable stuff is not my thing either. 🙂

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  32. bzirkone says:

    Ha. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  33. any1mark66 says:

    I don’t knit nor do I ever wish to have my wife with long pointy needles. But staying relevant is always curious question. What if we never really were? The like the view point to pictures,very funny! 😉

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  34. Your presentation is so humourous and refreshing 🙂

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  35. How nice to meet you too. That’s one of the best introductions I’ve read in a long time. 🙂 I’m definitely looking to reading more of your blog posts now!

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  36. MmrliRuddy says:

    Loved this. Too funny.

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  37. Thanks for the follow. I love your “about” intro.

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  38. Miriam says:

    Loved this. What a great post, you sound amazing, someone I could easily hang out with. :_

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  39. How funny! I used to knit, but it always turned out three sizes too big, and now I’d rather go and buy a jumper from the shop. Hi from one Boomer with painted hair to another….

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  40. Soul Gifts says:

    I came to say thanks for the visit and follow. I think I’m gonna have to be a frequent flyer here. Those photos – OMG!!!

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  41. Bernadette says:

    Hi, Thanks for taking the time to post at the Salon. Your post is avery engaging introduction and I hope to read a lot more of them. You have a great Erma Bombeck sense of humor.

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  42. joanneeddy says:

    I’m also glad you added this to Bernadette’s Salon! I only have two grandkids..but this fits for me, too. I’m sticking to the Glinda concept…bubbles instead of cycles for me!

    I did knit…once…no fancy stitches, though. I bought a book when I was pregnant and my son, the night person, would wake me by doing somersaults every night at 3 am. I decided to use the awake time to mindlessly knit. It thought I could create a sweater as a Christmas surprise for my husband who wouldn’t see me doing it and the boredom would put me back to sleep once my son decided he was done ping ponging between a rib and my blatter. I did finish and it came out so big and awful, I quit…of course, my husband also thought it would be safer if he took the needles away from me once I had a child! Enjoyed your blog!

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  43. lbeth1950 says:

    Is that why I can’t into. You’ve just saved me a lot of trouble.

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  44. Anonymous says:

    Love the wry wit, BZ, and the pictures. They are spot on.

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  45. Little Voice says:

    Thanks for following my blog…and I loved the driving in Levenworth, KS County.

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  46. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology and commented:
    We had no idea that knitting was the “stuff of metaphysical science.” Welcome to Lost Dudeist Astrology, where we special in Metaphysical Science (especially the Shadow Side of it, as practiced by Lost Dudeist Astrologers.)

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