Summer is winding down. Many of my friends have already waved goodbye at the bus stop, the school, or the dorm room. As the end of the summer approaches, I find myself reflecting over the summer, the year, the many years. I certainly don’t know everything, and I’ve got so much more to learn, but there are things that strike me as some of the things I’ve learned as a mother… Read more
Do you remember Stretch Armstrong? He was the superhero doll from the 70s who could be pulled and stretched to three times his size just for the fun of it. I’m not sure why many children from my generation spent so much wasted time stretching this otherwise useless toy to his limits just to see him warp back into himself again. Sometimes I think we did it just to see how far we could pull until he broke and that gross, gooey, syrupy stuff came oozing out of him. Looking back, I think whoever made that silly toy must have had a vision of the future. Somehow he knew that GenX was going to live the life of poor Stretch Armstrong every single day. Read more
Have you ever taken a long road trip with your family? Movies and television shows always portray these trips as the absolute worst kind of torture a family can inflict upon itself. Sure, everyone can get irritated with other, and someone always falls asleep and wakes up cranky, but there’s a lot to be said for spending time together in a small space with nobody to talk to but each other. Read more
I’m sitting here this morning drinking my tea in the silence before the girls wake up, and I can’t believe it’s already New Year’s Eve. Twelve hours from now, I’ll be hiding in my bedroom with Jodi Piccoult while twenty teenage girls sit here in this kitchen eating ice cream sundaes and talking about boys. When did my baby get so old? How did time go by so quickly? Rebecca is already a sophomore in college, but it feels like she graduated yesterday and was just born the day before that. Time marches on so fast, we hardly have a chance to take it all in.
This morning, I watched the year in review on the news, and I was amazed to think that all of those things happened this past year. From three missing airliners to the rise of ISIS to the loss of the great Lauren Bacall and Mickey Rooney. Less than a year ago, we were talking about polar vortexes, and this past summer, we witnessed a string of devastating tornadoes and wildfires. Yet here we are; life zooms by, and we hardly notice. We lose loved ones, and we go on; we see beheadings and mass kidnappings, yet we procreate and celebrate the joys in life. People are an amazing creation – resilient and motivated despite all that we face and witness in life. Read more
Another revelation at the gym! While in class this morning, I heard our teacher say the same thing over and over again. “Your right foot should be grounded…” “Make sure your left leg is grounded.” “While in the half-moon, your right arm and right leg must both be grounded.” I felt pretty good about myself after class today. I had worked up a sweat, maintained my balance, and literally felt grounded! Yes, my feet, legs, hands, etc. were firmly pressed to the mat during working poses, but more importantly, I realized that I am grounded in my life. Read more