Monday, April 27, 2020


So here we are, another Monday that feels a lot like every other day of the week, but we are all going to carry on and pretend it's new and different. Technically it is new and different, it's just a bit hard to tell from the vantage point of social distancing. 

And I am still making my way through the alphabet challenge, because it's still April in case you also needed reminding about that. Here we go-                           

                                                          Day 23-W is for Winning 

Today's word comes from one of my summer camp friends. I don't know if everyone is in touch with friends they made as a summer camp counselor when they were twenty years old, but I am and it's truly a very special thing.

Camp is good for kids in so many ways-physically, mentally, and spiritually, and it's good for the people who work there in all those same ways too. I'm feeling sad that children who were looking forward to going to camp this summer are likely not going, and I'm feeling sad for the staff who were making plans to work at camps all across America.

There is a long list of disappointments every which way you turn, and this is just one more. We have to intentionally look away from the list of heartaches we're each holding, and instead work at focusing our eyes and our minds and our hearts on things we can control. I know there is a lot of good and kind and beauty out there still and I want to see that.

Now about today's word. I can keep this short and sweet.


I like it. Ha! My family can testify to the truth of this statement. I am not a naturally athletic person, but I am a naturally competitive person about a lot of things. 

Sometimes this is not an attractive quality.

In my defense I am not competitive in the way women can be competitive with one another. I don't really understand that, but if you throw a board game in front of me LOOK OUT!

Because I like to win.

I am all about solidarity when it comes to women doing the best they can with what they have, encouraging one another, lifting each other up, and in general not being mean girls no matter their age. Just don't challenge me to a game of cards.

Or dominos-cornhole-scrabble or anything else that might be dubbed 'game'.

Hey, have you noticed how I'm rolling through this A-Z thing like a boss?


  1. I have a cousin who sounds very much like you and we say that her motto is "If I can't win I won't play!" She's a very good sport when she plays and she doesn't pout when she loses, but she definitely plays to win!

  2. I have enjoyed your A-Z posts.

  3. Yes! You are winning the A-Z!! I am not a happy game player and could care less about winning... which is why no one wants me as a partner!! If I play a game it is to have fun and enjoy the company of those playing...but I am not competitive. I do win now and then but it isn't because I played brilliantly. I don't really care.

  4. Oh, Joyce, you are definitely a WINNER and so are those precious GRandsons. Cute as buttons. I so wish I could have some friends over for a good card game right now. But, our governor just extended our isolation until May 15th. Ugh! See you Wed. for the HP.

  5. Ha ha. I like winning at games too and give me a puzzle and I just have to solve it! You're definitely winning here Joyce.