Friday, October 30, 2015

Ding Dong! Avon Calling!

My reintroduction into the world of selling Avon has brought back some childhood memories. It would always be so exciting to come home from school and find the Avon lady in our living room! In fact, just the sight of her car in the driveway caused me to run up the front porch steps in anticipation!

 I don't remember our Avon lady dressing in a suit with a red hat and matching gloves. Most likely she wore a cotton dress, but always heels and nylon stockings, as every lady did in the '50s when going anywhere other than the corner grocery! She and Mom would sit on the sofa, going over the latest brochure, and when I came into the room, I would be invited to join them. Soon the moment I had been waiting for would arrive - she would take out the lipstick sample case!

There they were, all of the adorable little lipsticks with their perfectly pointy tops! Margie could only have the lightest pink, but I was allowed to choose whichever color I wanted! I felt pretty special and made that little tube last until the next visit from the Avon Lady.

I guarded my little horde of sample tubes carefully and was careful to pick a different shade each time until I had quite a collection.

I am sorry that Avon doesn't carry these little sample tubes any longer, but I think the wonderful memory of them played a big part of me eventually becoming an Avon Lady myself! Now, instead of carrying around cute little lipstick cases door-to-door, we have eStores - please take a peek at mine and let me know if I can help you pick out your own special shade!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kamaria's Dream

Twenty-one days ago I began my quest to gather together the funds needed to cover Kamaria's missing tuition money. I decided to do this via a GoFundMe account. It seemed to be the logical way to approach things - the perfect way to send my message out to the Universe and let Kamaria's plight be known to my friends and family. I am truly thankful for the people who have stepped up to help this young woman who is so special to me, and through no fault of her own is in jeopardy of having to leave school because she can't pay her first semester's tuition. It really is a pity that the wording in her Financial Aid paperwork wasn't more clear, but that is neither here nor there at this point. The fact is that she is in school, doing well, loves it, and wants to stay. I can't do anything about fixing the way this situation came about, but I truly hoped that I could do something to help make it better.

I am shocked and hurt that more of the people who I truly believed would always be there for me have not offered to help us out. I belonged to a church in Castle Rock, CO for years and thought those people were my friends. Many of them have met Kamaria and know what potential she has. In my mind, I saw all of these people, along with my family and other friends, putting in a couple of dollars each, and before long the goal would be met! I knew this was how GoFundMe works. It didn't happen, however, and I've had to fight the tendency to become disillusioned and depressed by the process.

I don't know how many people read my blog, but for those of you who do, here is the link to Kamaria's GoFundMe account:

We still have a few weeks to come up the enough money to allow her to register for next semester, which she can't do until this semester is paid for. This has been a good learning experience for Kamaria - a lesson that everything isn't always as it appears to be and sometimes necessary details are hiding between the lines. My heart goes out to her, knowing that she thought all was well and her future at Mesa was secure. She should be spending this precious time focusing on her studies, rather than worrying about whether she'll have a place there next semester and beyond.

I'm not going to give up on making my granddaughter's dream come true. She has been the light of my life since the day she was born, and I have faith that everything will turn out as it should.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Helping Kamaria's Dreams Come True

My oldest granddaughter, Kamaria, is a freshman at Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is majoring in Political Science, with the goal of continuing on to law school.

 We are all extremely proud of this amazing young woman who has overcome some personal hurdles in order to make this first step in her journey a reality, however in the process of applying for her financial aid, some confusion arose and she is now owing $3500 towards her first semester's tuition. This amount needs to be paid before January in order for her to remain in school, and ideally by mid-November so that she can register for next semester, since registration won't be possible until it is paid. I felt heartsick and so helpless when I found out about this, since I had no idea how any of us who love her could come up with this much money in that period of time.

 Kamaria means the world to me. She has always had a curious mind and has loved learning. This is one of my favorite photos of her doing her homework lots of years ago when we lived in Elizabeth, Colorado.

She always had big dreams, and  I know how upsetting this is for her, and how devastated she will be if she can't continue at Mesa. Larry suggested that  I start a GOFUNDME account in the hopes of raising enough money to cover this bill. I did, and amazingly enough, a few people have responded, the first one being my wonderful friend from high school, Pam. I was so touched!

Since the same issues will arise next semester, I'm hoping to come up with enough to help with that as well.

Kamaria is in a Work Study program and will be applying as much of her earnings as she can towards paying this off, but due to financial aid rigmarole, her job didn't begin soon enough for it to help much this semester.

Larry and I are doing our best to contribute what we can, but our Social Security checks will only stretch so far. He has been donating a portion of each of his paychecks from his part-time job to Kamaria's cause, and I am so proud of him for that, and I personally have given up wine! Kamaria's parents are doing what they can, but with three other girls at home, it's not easy. Grandma Rubye has plans to help as well, but we still have a long ways to go.

If any of you who see this would like to contribute a small amount to the GOFUNDME account, I would be forever thankful. Here is the link:

Every little bit will help.  Thank you so much!