Monday, May 28, 2012

Quote for the Morning

The Writer's Almanac from NPR told me that today is Maeve Binchy's birthday.  While Maeve is not specifically named for her (I loved the name before I knew the author), it didn't hurt that Binchy is one of my favorite authors.  Here is why, this is what Maeve Binchy said about life:


 "We're nothing if we're not loved. When you meet somebody who is more important to you than yourself, that has to be the most important thing in life, really. And I think we are all striving for it in different ways." 



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

I tried to write something clever and inspiring today but the only thing rattling around in my head is this poem.  It is my FAVORITE poem about Motherhood. I know I have posted it before but it Billy Collins will forever be linked with this day and trying to say thank you for being a mother. So enjoy:

The Lanyard

The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly—
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.
I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that's what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.
She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light
and taught me to walk and swim,
and I , in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.
Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift—not the worn truth
that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-tone lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.
"The Lanyard" by Billy Collins

Monday, May 7, 2012

Some Ideas.....

I have been reading this lately:


7 An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess


It is a great, funny, challenging book.  It is reminding me of lessons I learned reading this:


The Irresistible Revolution-Ordinary-Radical


Which lead me here tonight:


Simple Mom


Lots of thought provoking ways to live your everyday, ordinary life like people in the world matter to you as much as they matter to Jesus. 



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Can't really argue with their reasoning

We had the glorious opportunity to have Sunday Night Family Dinner this week.  While we were all together, for the first time in weeks, I took the opportunity to bring up some topics I wanted the family to discuss.  One topic was CABLE TV.

I casually suggested that maybe we didn't need cable TV and we should cancel it. I think in a lot of ways we would be better off without it.  Lest, you think I am a Luddite; this would leave us with a measly 4 computers, and two Ipads with which to spend screen time.

Well, you would have thought I suggested we sell Hilde.  Both girls gasped and began to defend their beloved cable.  The argument went something like this:

  • Me:  I think we should cancel cable
  • Maeve & Hilde: (horrified gasp) WHAT WOULD WE DO THAT FOR?
  • Me: TV is bad for you and it would save money.
  • Hilde:  But we've always had cable!  We don't know how to live without it.  We are not like you who grew up with BLACK AND WHITE TV!
  • Me:  I had color TV, we just had a black & white set also.
  • Hilde: I bet it had bunny ears
  • Me:  Rabbit ears, they are called Rabbit ears and yes we did have them.  
(They came attached to the weird turner dial thing)
  • Maeve:  We MUST have FOOD NETWORK.  What will I watch without FOOD NETWORK. 
(Nothing, that's kind of the point.)
  • Hilde:  I NEED to watch Little House on the Prairie.  
(The irony that she is complaining about my '70s childhood devoid of good TV and her favorite show is the same show I watched as a child in the '70s is not lost on me.)
  • Maeve:  Here let me show you this.  This is what it would be like.


When I stopped laughing, I realized I can't argue.  I don't want to go back their either.