Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Zipping by the face of Danger

This is my son making sure the zip line works.

Notice my Father In Law doesnt even move in the "ZIP ATTACK".

This is what I call hanging on in the face of danger, even when you are only 6 inches from the ground.

Wish I could have seen this in real life:)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Today its five things.


I used to fit your little noggin under my chin and now your 14 and so big.

I have some stuff I wanted to tell you cause I'm your Mom and everything and maybe you won't pay much attention now but you might later.

1. Be an open person.

This old world has allot to offer and sometimes what we see as a "NO" to what we want right now  is really a "Yes" to something down the road we didn't even know about. Open your heart and mind to try to find the YES, even if it hurts some, because living in NO is awfully lonely....

2. Think carefully about what you choose to keep.

This doesn't mean just stuff. Of course stuff is awesome sometimes. Especially old stuff like your Old Old Grandpas pocketknife, or your first Valentine. But I'm talking about people. Your very first friends were your cousins , you have gone from wallering together on a pallet in the floor to sharing those moments of "our parents are so dumb..."
Your life's only going to get bigger and more exciting. Keep some room in there to share it with the ones who you said were your "Bess Frangs" when you were three.

3. Be silly. LAUGH WELL AND OFTEN. Find joy in letting go.

When you were two and learning to swim and dive you flopped and floundered and each time we'd laugh and clap and instead of being mad you were filled with encouragement and happiness and you'd get right back up and keep going holding onto us for dear life. But soon you just let go and started swimming everywhere and having a terrific time.  You can't move forward without letting go of something. I know your brave, keep trying. And embrace yourself, all of you, keep in mind a belly flop off the diving board can be just as satisfying as a perfect Swan so enjoy it all!

4. Know thyself. Some people fill their life with so much "Busy" time because they are not comfortable with who they are. Their is something satisfying about being able to sit in a cafe, taking your time to enjoy your meal, and then  people watch over the top of your book and not have to worry about anybody else. You will learn to savor those times when you can do something you love every day.  Have dance parties in your underwear, take up the entire couch, and not share the remote. Alone does not have to mean lonely. You are your own best friend stay in touch.

5. Love is where you come from and who you are created to be.

Its all around you. From the dogs head on your knee to your grandmothers lap.
Sometimes you have to be brave and do things for love that other people will not understand. Do it anyway. You will have people who come into your life who are terribly hard to love. Love them anyway. Love is going to be elusive sometimes. Keep looking. Because its worth it. And so are you. Your worthy of all the love in the world.

And I want you to know, just like the Dolly Parton song, I will always love you...

No matter what, NO MATTER WHAT <3

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


I come from a long line of bookworms. Both my parents and my mothers parents, my Aunties, a couple of my cousins, all of us love to read.

My mom SWEARS that I memorized my books when I was little and could recite them back by rote. I prefer to believe that I had super brain and could read at three.

Books have always been my friends. We moved allot while I was growing up. SO when I was in a new place and didn't know any of the kids I'd grab a book. You would find me curled up someplace on a bed, on the porch steps, in a tree, sprawled in the tub.

Louisa May Alcott taught me what it was like to have sisters.

Nancy Drew took me on may adventures and helped me pay attention to details that made me a great solver of "mysteries" in my time. ( Yep don't watch a mystery with me because I almost always know who done it before the end.)

We had Scholastic Book Club and even though we didn't have much money my Mom always let me buy some books. Runaway Pony Runaway Dog The Incredible Journey, and Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, And the Yearling. I loved all those animals they taught me about loyalty and friendship.

The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder taught me history of our country, and the way of life on the frontier. But it also showed me the bonds of courage, perseverance, love, and family. Ma, Pa, Laura and Mary, Carrie and the dog Jack whiled away many Saturday Afternoons. And I never got tired of looking at the Illustrations the one that I remember most is the two little girls looking out the back of the covered wagon while their little dog trotted along beneath....

When I got into Jr. High it was Go Ask Alice, My Darling My Hamburger, Mrs. Mike that I borrowed from my friends. I actually picked reading as an elective. The teacher Mrs. Johnson said "Suzie, you read great why are you in my class?" I said "Because I love to read, tell me what to read." So I read the Classics, The Call of the Wild, A tale of two Cities, Jane Eyre, some Science Fiction , Fahrenheit 451, the Illustrated Man, This Perfect Day. A little Romance, Wuthering Heights and Love Story.

I loved the school library and would hang out and talk to the Librarian. I was good at looking things up, I could use the card catalogue and knew the Dewey Decimal System ( but I don't remember it now unfortunately I wander the library now like a lost kid trying to find what I'm looking for squinting to read the numbers.) but every week I'd go in and talk to the Librarian about what I had read and she'd have two or three books for me. To Kill a Mockingbird made me fall in love with Harper Lee and  I read Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, those books took me out of my chaotic life and into adventures and places where I was brave and strong and could wield a sword and fight evil instead of being a insecure, emotional, and lonely kid.

Of course I was curious about S-E-X and when I babysat for this Hip young couple and had put the kids to bed I'd sneak into the bookcase and read Everything you wanted to know about Sex *but were afraid to ask, and Our Bodies Ourselves. When I would tell my friends about what I read we would all giggle and laugh and could not BELIEVE that stuff. It said to get naked take a mirror and look at your WHAT? And we would roll over holding our sides and thinking those people must be nuts.

When I got into High School I discovered a writer named Stephen King who opened up a whole new avenue of stories. I spent many nights deliciously scared and sad when it was over but could not wait for the next horrible tale! When I did my Senior Oral book Report in English the room was dead silent as I told the story of the town of Salem's Lot and the vampires who invaded.  It was only supposed to be a hour but the teacher let me tell the rest of the story the next day and everyone sat like they were watching a play. That awakened in me a longing to be a good story teller to hold a audience in thrall, under a spell of attention because of a good story, that's powerful.

As I grew older I became interested in Biographies. I read about the Presidents, Abe Lincoln, Jack Kennedy, I grew to love the art of Frida Kahlo, Picasso, the Impressionists from the beautiful coffee table books I would check out and pore over. Who needs TV when you can look at art?

Of course I married a man who loves to read and had a boy who I read to even when I was pregnant. You will always find us with either a book, a magazine, or reading on our space age Kindle or I-pad.

But I can tell you this. Reading has made me a person, or great imagine and curiosity, a lover of a good story, classic, or modern, and a believer in the magic of becoming someone else. No matter where you  are, no matter whether man, woman, or child.

You can go places and do things, see people and great countries, even other planets, and never leave your chair.

So turn of the TV, step away from the computer, make yourself a drink, crack a book, and have an adventure....