Month: November 2011

Comfort

http://www.graphicsfairy.com/  It’s funny when I hear other people talk about how hard it is with little children–babies and toddlers–because I found those the easier years for so many reasons.  One of the most selfish reasons is that problems were easier to solve.  Giving hugs, swaddling, rocking, feeding, comforting–you name it, it was easier for…

Coffee From a Stranger

http://www.graphicfairy.com/  When I pulled up to the window at Starbucks this afternoon, the barista leaned out, looking very apologetic, and began with, “OK, about your coffee…” and all I could think of was “they are out of caramel brulee” and “Wow, he doesn’t have to be that sorry about it–he’s being so nice!”  Instead, he surprised me…

Tales of Thanksgiving

http://www.graphicsfairy.com/  Here is one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving tales, which many of you have already heard multiple times: Our good friends (when they were still together), Alex & Maima, used to visit us every Thanksgiving–for about 9 or so years.  Maima went to culinary school to become a chef and chose not to…

Lick or Bite?

If you offer a dog an ice cream cone (you hold one under his nose or in front of his face) will he bite if off or lick it?  It was one of those nagging questions that I finally had to settle for myself (years ago). We had a little bet as to whether or…

Keeping It Real

Writing letters is one of the activities in Little Man’s class during the school day.  They are usually very sweet and this last one was not only sweet, but a great reminder of what a kind, young man he is.  The past couple of weeks have been Thanksgiving Sharing at his school and families are…

A Hug for a Stranger

 I was going to meet someone for coffee this morning, when I saw a much older man who was very similar in carriage and build as this friend I was meeting.  As we walked towards each other, I couldn’t resist telling him that I was holding back frantic waving, because he looked like someone…

Keep it moving

So, that funk that I’d been in made me rethink some things that I’ve wanted to do as well as my relationship to my people and surroundings.  It’s so easy to let your thoughts circle the drain and once you go there it’s a slippery climb back out.  So, I reframed that thinking–don’t ask how, this…