Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Slippery Fish

We just spent a week with Riley's family at the beach in California. Margaret took two things away from the experience. On the one hand,we now know that she hates the ocean. When she and her sand toys were touched by the tide she cried so hard she threw up. This was followed by a five hour long healing nap. On the other (less throw up prone) hand, we now know that she loves her Nana as much as she hates the demon sea. That love is in full sparkle when Nana sings Slippery Fish,a hundred verse song performed with love and hand movements. Zuzu has been singing this song to herself in gibberish since we drove away from the beach. Here is just a little clip of her preparing for her inevitable audtion for America's Got Talent. Back up is provided by Uncle Tay.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dreams and Dragons

Pixar and Almond Milk

Dear Margaret,

The brevity of our time here on Earth has been much on my mind lately. Days are too quickly and freely spent. Night comes and I wonder if I gave you anything new, if I helped you to discover anything worthwhile that day. Too often I have not. There is wonder and awe bottled up inside your mama just waiting to be poured into you. I want you to see a world inhabited by fairies and the magic of the written word. It is the world in which I mean to raise you. Today there was no wonder and I am sorry. We spent the day inside. I was tired. You were grumpy. Monsters Inc was on loop. Totally pedestrian.

Margaret, there will be as few of these days as I can manage. Life is short and absolutely bursting with goodness. We were created by the same hands that shaped the stars. You were thought of by the same mind that controls the atom and lit the morning sky. Who am I to keep such a beautiful creation inside, idle and ignorant? Margaret, we have so much to do! There are mountains to climb and shadows to light. We have dreams and dragons to hunt.

I promise I won't forget again.

Love, Mama