Tuesday, June 20, 2006

reflections...

deb had layout published in simple scrapbooks this month (yay deb) about NEW York. i finally got a hold of a copy yesterday and found the LO - in it she talks very candidly about being born in NY and how tough it was to move to the South when we were pretty young. her LO and journaling made me think about that portion of our lives which i hadn't thought about in a LONG time - things that shaped me into who i am today.

moving to the south WAS tough. imagine living in a place where everything was diverse (NYC) to a place where we ended up being 2 of 4 asian kids in a school. that was tough. people ALWAYS asked if deb and i were related to the other 2 asian kids in school (um yeah, we are ALL RELATED). i can remember being picked on in school for being asian all the way through high school. kids would slap me around on the school bus b/c they thought i was Vietnamese and they had things against the Vietnam war (that was a weird one). they called us names. they thought hong kong was in the atlantic ocean.

i can also remember the meanest - smoke - on - the - bus guy (who of course would have to have a locker by me) smacking me in the head and calling me awful names to the point where i was crying when i got home. i was terrifed of him especially since his locker was right above mine. but to this day, i can remember getting off the school bus crying b/c of him. i also remember my mom asking if we needed to go back to school to speak to the principal and i said no b/c i knew that would make it worse.

combine that with being a semi - smart kid and that makes for some lonely years growing up. wow, i haven't thought about all of that in a LONG time. i find it is good and catharic to think about the bad times sometimes to you can better appreciate the good times. i also find that i probably don't put up with much crap nowadays b/c of where i have been in the past. that isn't to say the south is all bad. i also have some pretty fond memories of the south growing up. but it has been a long time since i have thought about the bad.

so again speaking about the good stuff, here is another sneak peek at another product we have coming out - blossoms III chipboard (this one is as good or better than the original which bucks the trends of sequels!) - this is something deb and i have kicked around for a while but we finally got this together!




7 Comments:

At 6/20/2006 07:27:00 AM, Blogger Shirley said...

I loved that LO of D's! Can't wait to get my hands on that chipboard!

 
At 6/20/2006 12:01:00 PM, Blogger Heather M. said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through that, Caroline. I don't know what to say.
Love the new blossoms! The hearts are so cute inside the flower petals!

 
At 6/20/2006 05:11:00 PM, Blogger Anita said...

I hear ya! I've been stalking your blog for some time but this post really resonated with me--I had my own "remember how hard it was to be Asian and a good student" catharsis a while back. Props to you for taking the high road and not pointing out the "where are they now" aspect of it--i.e. you are the mom of both an awesome leading edge scrapbook company and of a cute little tyke! Who knows where the dumb brute is today...

 
At 6/20/2006 07:55:00 PM, Anonymous kelly G said...

Caroline....If they could all see you now. You are an amazing talent and have such huge successes, work, love, family and friends. I am so happy you are who you are, I am sad you had to go through whatyou did however.

Congratualtions on Staying YOU.

Oh and the CHIPBOARD ROCKS! Holy COW!!!! I have ideas streaming through my head. Way to go and thanks for the peek.

 
At 6/21/2006 12:30:00 AM, Blogger Sue said...

Look how far you and Deb have come from the past, Caroline - a true testament to your strength and spirit! It's not easy to go through, but I think past experiences shape us to who we are today!

Awesome chipboard, BTW... I'm drooling...

 
At 6/21/2006 04:44:00 AM, Blogger nic said...

Hi there - I am loving your sneak peeks, thanks sooo much for sharing, cant wait for allt he new Maya Road :o)
nic Howard
New Zealand.

 
At 6/22/2006 09:24:00 PM, Anonymous Melissa said...

Isn't it odd to think back to times that were so difficult... and then to KNOW that you wouldn't be the person you are today without them?

 

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