Year: 2011

Winter Solstace

http://www.surfersvillage.com/ via google images “Father Winter Solstice” I think it’s interesting that I’d have this experience on the winter solstace (Dec. 21), but here it is:  darkness and light. They say that the winter solstace is the longest night of the year and the shortest day, but it only lasts a moment in time.  It’s…

Ticker Tape Parade

http://www.allposters.co.jp/ via google images We have a family member, who shall remain nameless, who seems to need a ticker tape parade every time she does something.  Every story she tells is one of daring and heroism and much like the dingy character of London on the silly tween show, “Suite Life on Deck,” she practically claps her…

My Dad’s Best Intentions

 My dad loved Charlie Brown and Snoopy.  Sometimes, despite his best intentions and planning, something would go awry–just like Charlie Brown.  He wouldn’t always take it that well, but eventually what ever snafu he was a part of became the family joke, eventually becoming o.k.  In actuality, everything happens for reason you just have to…

A Christmas Tale

http://www.graphicsfairy.com/  When Little Man was four years old he got into a lot of pre-Christmas trouble.  It was a rough Christmas break for me.  One day really stands out–the day he “ruined” Christmas.  It was the penultimate of naughtiness after days of wild and crazy holiday excitement, on the part of the boys (certainly…

A Christmas Wish

There a bunch of people I pass regularly during my day and I’m always interested in those I drive past on the Bridle Path.  People with their dogs, running, walking, in groups, alone–you name it, it’s pretty much the same people during roughly the same times.  There’s one man in particular that I’ve been thinking…

Persistence Pays

All last week, Stuart was very focused on getting me a gift at Frances (http://www.francesvintage.com/).  He wouldn’t let it go.  Despite his annoying persistence, the thought was very sweet and he was so cute!  What started off as a request for a simple outing turned into a major meltdown.  I had asked Stuart if he wanted to…

A Message From the Dog

So I come home yesterday to find this at my front door: That’s our bench where backpacks, lunchboxes, leads and things we need to go with us are put.  There’s a rack underneath where some shoes live–one pair are the dog walking shoes.  I never leave shoes lying about, especially by the front door…I think…

Skanks, Skinks and Skunks

 google images The Reptile Man came to Stuart’s class today and brought some of his reptilian friends.  Stuart was telling us about the creatures that came and we were asking him questions.  After a while, the conversation naturally died down (we were in the car).  Out of the blue, Stuart pipes up with “You…