Posted on 04/28/2009
Today I am writing my 100th blog! A year ago, I would have never imagined such a thing as possible. I feel as if I’ve found a way to talk to the world. Or at least as much of it as cares to pay attention to a 77-year old grandmother. One of the pleasures of the blog is a chance to share some of my experiences with my husband of almost 55 years, Dr. Kelly Sutton. He’s quite the man—and character. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a movie. Considering our life together, I could write a book; oh wait, I did!
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Speaking of “The Seattle Sutton Solution,” last week a letter came from someone who had recently read my book and had some kind words for it. The reader, Hamilton Bono, lives in Missouri, urged me to share his opinions in my blog. I thought about it for a while, because it’s a little bit embarrassing, but in the end, made the decision to go ahead, hoping that it might encourage people to read my book, and share it with friends, and consider the ideas. So here it is.
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“Dear Ms. Sutton: A few days ago I finished reading ‘The Seattle Sutton Solution’ and am still thinking about it. What a life you are leading! I’m not sure what I like best, but here are a few parts I found important: the book is living history, evocative of rural life and values based on knowing—and caring for—your neighbors; it’s a love story, like something out of Mayberry with your husband playing the role of Andy; it’s like a James Stewart movie—‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’
“It’s a lesson in business and perseverance and doing things the right way. I learned so much from reading how you structured your business and kept it alive. I wonder how many businesses started in 1985 by 53-year-old women with no business experience living in small downstate villages are still around. Heckfire, I wonder how many businesses started in 1985 are still around period.
“I love this quote: ‘We can evaluate each person as an individual, and make decisions accordingly. That’s the smart move anyway. There’s no reason to be negative. And no true advantage.’ Hey, there must be three dozen quotes—at least—that I highlighted.
“Maybe the best part is the advice you give on raising a family. Reading about your children makes me realize that the proof of any theory is in the pudding. You made some good pudding! I feel I know—and admire—all of your children, Ruth and Sarah seem fascinating and wonderful, Chris is certainly a genius, Peter is an interesting combination of you and Kelly, and Paula is an angel of compassion. If you had to summarize the knack of raising happy children, what would you say?
“I wish your book were being read by more people. It seems to me it would be an outstanding school book, combining, as it does, history, values, business counsel, and insightful biography. I would greatly appreciate if you would print this letter in your blog—even if it makes you feel immodest, because, after reading your book, I’m inspired to do my part in spreading the good word about your good words. Thank you. And thank you again.”
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Well, Mr. Bono, your letter is really almost too much, but, as you can see, I honored your request to include it in my blog. Writing the book was a labor of love, as they say, and I’ve been pleased with the response from many, many readers, but yours is my favorite. I like the idea of it being a textbook. Maybe I’ll donate some copies to our local school district, if they are interested. I could even help teach the class.
As for your request for a succinct secret to raising happy children, here’s my answer: All you have to do is let them know you care about them, let them know they are important; make these two points clear in any way you can.
Happy 100th to all, and to all a good day.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.