17 February 2015

Bear for President!

The last time I went to the doctor, he said my test scores indicated that I had the same levels on certain things as a hibernating bear.  I guess that would explain why I never want to get out of bed and have overabundant love handles.

(FYI, this picture is from the movie "Ernest and Celestine".  It's one of the sweetest movies I've seen in a long, long time.  I recommend it to everyone, especially if you have children.  It also represents how I feel, except that I would probably have a book tucked under one arm.)


On another topic, since we just celebrated President's Day, did you know that four American presidents have been assassinated in office?  We all know about JFK and Lincoln, because JFK left behind a lovely widow and was pretty much royalty, and Lincoln had the emancipation proclamation and "O Captain, My Captain", but did you know about McKinley and Garfield?  Both killed in office.  History is fascinating because in studying it, we realize that the people who have gone before us were people just like us.  They had their own loves, losses, deceits and joys and nothing was a simple as it seemed.  I enjoy having that connection.

04 February 2015

Simple Pleasures

The last time it snowed at our house, (about 41 days ago, but who's counting?) my kids got together with the neighbors and shoveled and shoveled and shoveled until they built a snow hill.  At its peak the hill was about two and a half feet high.  I wish I had gotten a picture of it because it's all melted now.  

But it was so funny, and a little bit pathetic, to watch the kids slip their way to the top of their sledding hill and then zip down it.  Their joyful faces, pinked cheeks, and bright eyes made it hard not to enjoy their simple pleasures.

I think that's what motherhood is for me: a reminder of simple pleasures.

That, and laundry.

And dishes.