Linda Burnette

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Linda Burnette

I believe in living life to the fullest, because no one really knows just how much time we each have. I can say that childbirth really changed alot of things about the way I think about different things. For example, colds seem so minimal now, and the flu is just like a cold, and when I have a headache it is really not so bad. I think you get stronger after childbirth, suddenly you have something to fight for, right down to the end. I have found that I can get so mad that I can cry if someone threatens or otherwise mistreats my children( although they are 16 and 19 now that part never changes). I just got my dream car, a Mini Cooper. It is small but makes me smile when I see it. I figured I could squeeze it in for just a few years before I have grandchildren and back to the SUV we go. Which brings me to the circle theory. The older I get, the more life seems to go in circles. I know it sounds crazy, but just think about it. First I had a tiny car, then an SUV for several years, to carry the kids and all that stuff( you know the stuff!). Now I have circled back around to the tiny car, only to anticipate a larger SUV again in a few years. See it makes sense! I have a great husband, and I do mean great. While no men or women are perfect, he is very considerate, a good worker, faithful( as far as I know, I have no reason to think otherwise), neat and well-groomed, a good listener, not such a big talker but he talks when he has something to say, budget-minded, and don't mind taking out the trash. He also helps take care of the two step kids I brought into the marriage, with no complaints. My hobbies include scoping out the internet for contests to enter, looking for scholorships to help pay for my college tuition( I have enrolled at our local community college to do something, unsure just what that will be), and gambling at casinos. My facination with that is just the HOPE of making it bigtime, hitting the jackpot, and using the money to make the lives of my family better. I have 2 children, I call it the best of both worlds, a son, Joseph, who is in his second year at Lees McRae in Banner Elk, NC. He just goofed off his whole first year, so the payment of the second year is on him. Can you blame me? Last year he just had a $12,000.00 PARTY, basically. Needless to say, this year he is doing much better. Funny how things change when YOU are responsible for getting that loan and paying that debt. I try to teach REAL life lessons to both my kids. Those are the ones they will remember. Life is not one big party, and you always get back just exactly what you put in. After all, Joseph is the first child in our family to attend college. I had a talk with him about recognizing chances of a lifetime, and how that they don't usually come back once they are gone. My son has a very big determination and against all odds somehow ended up in a private college in the middle of the beautiful mountains, surrounded by kids whose parents income triple mine... Joseph is living proof that determination will take you there but you have to do the rest. You have to give determination WINGS. My daughter Jessica, is a junior at Reagan High School in Pfafftown, NC. She is an excellent student with a good head on her shoulders. She is a very pretty and sweet young lady, both inside and out. I told her what is inside matters as much or more than the outside. She has big plans for college and making the big bucks one day, and I hope all her dreams come true. She has just started peeking at the guys and they are peeking back- how scary! I know I have a lot to deal with in the very near future and I know that God will see me through. After all I turned my kids over to him a long time ago; after the first car accident I realized that I was definately not in charge of their destinys at all, and that how in a second life can change as I know it, and there is not one single thing I can do about it. That night is when I prayed and turned them over to someone bigger, who will keep a hand on them when I am not there. Honestly, I really don't pray much, but the accident got my attention real fast. I have never felt better since I made that decision. After all, they don't really belong to me, they are a special gift that I was blessed with, to care for and teach, to support and encourage, and to instill the good stuff. Well there are lots more, in case it is not obvious I LOVE to write. Gotta go find some contest to enter!

Stories by Linda Burnette

My family resides in a small town nestled between two larger towns … and we are so blessed to work and play in Lewisville, North Carolina....
What a thought-provoking subject ... it does take me back. Lets see … my mother taught me a few simple rules about life, which I still apply...