What you might not know, my dear readers, is that I am also an opinionated person, and, yes, I also have an opinion. I am of the opinion that after all the time spent writing about those she cares for on their respective birthdays, Ellen deserves to have someone write about her on her big day! So...I present, for your reading pleasure (and in no particular order), five of my favorite things about Ellen!
5. As a journalism-teacher-turned-librarian with a degree in English, Ellen loves to both read and write. Obviously her love of writing is evidenced by The Opinions, where her writing is more witty or clever than anything you might find here. And her love of reading manifests itself in all different kinds of works. These are two hobbies that I also share, and although our tastes in reading material are different, I always appreciate someone who can appreciate a good book. Thanks for your love of the language, and for entertaining me at The Opinions!
4. Ellen likes to be in charge. As you can see in the vintage S-Games photograph below (please forgive the blurry-ness), Ellen is walking around with a clipboard (a sure sign of someone in-charge) and giving what are probably some very pertinent instructions in order to win whatever S-Game is about to be played. Ellen might tell you that she doesn't like being in charge...she claims she's not bossy. And I agree with that statement, as being "bossy" definitely has a negative connotation, so Ellen is not that. However, sometimes things have to get done, and decisions have to be made. And while someone like myself is likely to stand around over-thinking all the possibilities and ultimately deciding that it doesn't really matter, Ellen is quick to make a decision and share it with others. Half the time, we might not make it to dinner on Sunday night if it weren't for Ellen...so thanks for being a good decision-maker!
3. Ellen is a very crafty person. She admittedly likes to be doing stuff with her hands often (claims she even listens better when she is doing something like a Sudoku puzzle with her hands!), and this desire sometimes tends to manifest itself with craft projects. Some of her craft projects are big, HGTV-worthy projects like restoring an old dresser. Some are smaller projects like knitting or crocheting. I'll be honest and admit that I'm not sure exactly what she's making in the photo below, but it is obviously something fun for the children in the youth services department of the library, where she works. (My guess is a George Washington- or founding father-type character, but I don't remember...) Anyway, I have personally benefited from Ellen's crafting abilities as I am the complete opposite of a crafty person. I'm craft-deficient. And yet, Ellen was able to teach me how to crochet! (Nothing fancy, mind you, just a simple, single-crochet--we're talking about me, remember...) But I have been able to use those new-found crocheting skillz to participate in a ministry at our church, which will provide sleeping mats for some people in Haiti. Ellen, I bet you didn't know your craftiness could reach all the way to other countries and touch others who desperately need it. Thanks for sharing that gift!
2. Ellen loves to laugh! Beyond that, she loves to make other people laugh, too. She prides herself in being very funny, and rightfully so, as her sense of humor is part of what makes her fun to be around. She knows that there is "a time for every activity under heaven..." and that it includes "a time to laugh" (NLT). Thanks for bringing joy to others through your humor!
1. Pictured below is Ellen and her siblings. She is the 4th of four, the youngest of the family. She's got a Momma and a Butch that she loves, along with two older brothers (Shane & Josh), an older sister (Michelle), a brother-in-law (Will), a sister-in-law (Susan), and a handful of nieces & nephews, and a slew of aunts, uncles, and cousins that I'm sure she's extremely close to. I know this, because she talks about them and/or goes to see them all the time. They are about as tight-knit a family as I've ever seen; she loves them, and they love her, and it's a beautiful family. But Ellen's love doesn't end with her family. It spills over to her friendships as well, as she is about as devoted of a friend as I've seen, willing to maintain friendships throughout many years and many miles. I hope that, regardless of how many years go by, or how many miles may separate, I will be always be able to consider Ellen a friend. "Thank you for being a friend!"
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday, Dear Ellen!
Happy Birthday to You!!!
And Many More... :)