Skills I am grateful to have

Jennifer Bonn
Jen Bonn

There are many things I wish I could do, and I will keep learning to do some, and work on conquering my fears about doing others. There are a few things that I am very thankful I can do. Here are my top ten.


When my first child was born, my mother told me to make sure I taught my children to swim. I remember my mom teaching me. We went to the local lake as often as possible so that I could not only learn to swim, but so I could become a strong swimmer. I didn’t know it at the time, but my mom was making sure I would be safe when I was around water. When we moved back to my home town I took my two oldest to the lake where I learned to swim, and signed them up for swim lessons.

Change a tire

In high school, the senior girls competed against the senior boys in a car competition. We had to push a car around campus, and at a certain point, we had to stop and change a tire. Our faculty member was my math teacher, and I am so grateful for the extra time he took to teach us how to change a tire. I have only had to do it once, but it was nice to know what to do. By the way, the girls won the competition.

Check the oil

My dad owned the local garage and he thought that everyone should have general knowledge of a car, so he made sure I knew how to check the oil, what grade oil I needed, and that it might vary from season to season. He also made sure I knew how to check the power steering.

Check the tire pressure

The main reason I learned this is because my car had a leaky tire and I could not afford to buy a new tire, so before every trip, I would go out and check the pressure and fill the tire to the correct level.


Because I was a teacher and a coach, I was required to know CPR. I hope I don’t ever have to use it, but I am so glad that I have been trained in it.

Speak multiple languages

I can speak French and Spanish and knowing other languages has opened the world to me. When you travel it makes it easier if you know the languages, and it makes it possible to meet some amazing people and explore beautiful places.

Plant a garden

I am fascinated by plants and how they grow and having a garden has been a joy. I’m always experimenting with new things and learning as I go. I am also grateful to save some money at the grocery store by growing some of our own food.


I am always cold so there are handmade blankets all through our house. Not only does my ability to knit and crochet help to keep me warm, but it is also a very relaxing activity for me.

Jump start a car

Imagine coming out of work on a cold, rainy day and your car won’t start. If you know how to use jumper cables and a colleague is nearby, you will be fine.

How to negotiate

You can save a lot of money if you are willing to negotiate what you pay for. One example is a newspaper subscription. Call up customer service and turn on the charm, by asking how the person is doing and if she is having a good day. Then ask if there are any specials running. There is usually a discounted rate. Don’t be afraid to ask for a better price.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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