Thursday, March 22, 2018

The unnoticed love...

“What is love? - the little flower asked. “What if you have it in front of you and don’t notice it? - she continued. The moon looks at her and gently replied: “Love is an intriguing feeling, which sometimes can go unnoticed. But...when you feel a unique happiness, when you’re at ease, when you care for someone in a different way, when you wake up in the morning with a single thought about someone and go to sleep with the same one, when you smile and don’t know why, or simply when you don’t know what’s going on with all your feelings, that’s love too.” “So, don’t you worry, my friend" - the moon added - "If you’re going through and feel all of what I just mentioned, you have found love.” 
                                                                                                Tere Rodriguez-Nora

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sharing some of my quotes...

Hi!! Here are some of the quotes I have written lately. I’m sure you will feel connected to more than one.
Take care, Tere

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

When you’ll know what life is all about? 

When you look at yourself in the mirror and love what you see
When you learned about the mistakes you have done
When you know that the experiences you have lived have taught you life lessons
When you say no and don’t feel guilty about it
When you take life a little less serious
When you accept yourself as you are
When you try to live the moment and enjoy it
When you are not worried about how much you have but rather on how much you can give
When you know what your passion is and you follow that path
When you work to live, not live to work
When you understand that there’s no one who can take better care of you than you
When you woke up with a smile because you are grateful you are alive
When you share your love with others
When you believe more in yourself than in chances
When you don’t care what others say or think about you
When you enjoy simple things like sunsets, holding a hand, long conversations, starry nights, and walks at the beach
When you let others love you
When you laugh out loud like you did as a child
When you care for others because it comes from your heart
When you love yourself more than others
That’s when you’ll know what life is all about!
                                                                    Tere Rodriguez-Nora


Thursday, February 1, 2018

To be a parent is...

To be a parent is...

to attempt for the first time
to play by ear
to fail a lot of times
to cry of joy
to love every moment of it
to care without limits
to cry of sorrow
to learn to let go
to be grateful
to be immensely joyous
to forgive
to suffer when your kids do
to try and make mistakes
to sometimes expect the unexpected
to ask for forgiveness
to have many endless nights without sleep
to celebrate every tiny success
to wipe a lot of tears
to talk limitless about your kids
to be there when they need you
to know it all
to know nothing
to be a teacher, a nurse, a driver, a coach, a friend, a role model
to walk with them every step of the way
to laugh hysterically
to love unconditionally 
to know that they are not yours, just part of you

                                                                                                  Tere Rodriguez-Nora

Friday, January 26, 2018

Review of the beautiful, nursery rhymes book, La Madre Goose

La Madre Goose is a beautiful, illustrated book that gives a new twist to old nursery rhymes. This twist is given by incorporating Spanish words to rhymes like This Little Cerdo went to the Market, who then stays at home and roasted carne and The Itsy Arañita, who climbed the water spout, down came la lluvia and washed la araña out.  
The integration of the Spanish words is a perfect tool to introduce the Spanish language to non-Spanish speakers. A glossary with all the Spanish words that are used in the book is appended. This glossary also includes the pronunciation of the words as well as the meaning in English.  
The words of this book are accompanied by precious illustrations which captured, perfectly, the essence of the rhymes giving the book a feeling of coziness and warmth. 
La Madre Goose won the Best Book Award, of the Chicago Public Libraries, 2016.
The author of this book is Susan Middleton Elya. Susan began writing when she was a young girl and wrote poems and songs. Before becoming a children's picture book author, Susan was a teacher. She also earned a degree in Spanish. Susan is the author of 22 pictures books. Say Hola to SpanishCowboy José, and F is or Fiesta are among her published work.

The illustrator of this book is Juana Martínez-Neal. Juana was born in Perú. She is the illustrator of La Madre Goose and La Princesa and the Pea, both written by Susan Middleton Elya. Juana was named to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Illustration Honor list in 2014 and was awarded the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize in 2012.  Juana's first book as an author-illustrator will be published in English and Spanish in April 2018.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dating your 40's 

I am a 48-year-old woman who was married for 20 something years and after all that time with the same man (as my mom says, lol) I got a divorce. You know what does that means, right. You are single, after all that time, and you are lost in this new world for you, the dating world.  You might not know what to do and you will, most certainly, receive advice or opinions from a lot of people (friends, family, coworkers, etc.). Everybody nowadays talks about dating as if they are expert on the material.

If you go online you will find a lot of material about dating. The ones I like most are all these “pieces of advice” of things you should or shouldn't do when you are dating. Let me share with you some of them. I’m pretty sure you’ll know a couple. You should not kiss until the second date and/or not have sex until the third. If you do any of the two, your relationship will be doomed. Another one is not to text him first; you should let him do it first because he has to chase you, as well as, do not text him again if he hasn’t replied to you. You should just leave it like that, even if you want to tell him something new. Don’t ask him out is another "advice". He can ask you out any time he wants and as many times he wants but you shouldn't because then he might think you are desperate. Another advice is that one should play hard to get, always, not make it too easy for him. A text advice I found interesting is to wait more than 10 minutes before replying to a text and if he took time to reply to yours, then, you should take the double of that time to reply to him. This is to show him that you’re not available for him all the time. The following one, I think it's ridiculous: you should treat the guy badly because they like that, "bad girls". Really? I guess, I’m screwed with this one since I’m a good girl. These are some of the "pieces of advice" you can find on the Internet. Incredible, right. The funny thing is that there's a lot of women who follow them and men who want the women to do so. 

I'm not into these silly "pieces of advice", what you see is what you get with me. I’m not getting any younger and I’m not into playing games. I’m straightforward and will share my feelings every time. If I like him I will say so, if I will like to see him I will say it too. I will ask and share my feelings. I will text when I want and reply, most of the time, right away as I do with everyone. I'm a caring woman, so if I feel like sending a text saying that I hope he made it fine, or to wish a happy day, I will do so.

We are not teenagers anymore. We are adults and we have to behave as one.

I know there's a great man for me out there, who will love and respect me. Maybe I'm about to meet him or, perhaps, I already did. Who knows? I just hope that he isn't into games either, likes to share freely his feelings with me (even if I’m not going to like what he feels), and is not following any of these "rules" or "advice" (LOL). He follows his heart, just like me.

In the meantime...I’ll be enjoying this ride.

Share with me what you think about dating, I will love to know!

Take care, Tere

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Be grateful every day...

      Be grateful for a sunny or a rainy day,
       for the singing of the birds,
       because someone opened a door for you,
         for the bad and the good days
      for a day at the beach,
         for a tasty piece of cake,
         because things are not going as you expected,  
      for reading a good book or writing a great story,  
      for a tight, warm hug 
for tears of sadness,
    for times with friends and family,
     time with your love,
 for the laughter of your kids, 
for a sensual kiss,
           because someone holds your hand...
       Be grateful every day because you are alive! 
                                                                Tere Rodriguez-Nora