Preserving Your Sanity I’ve learned a lot over the past 20+ years of taking care of children of all ages. One of the most important lessons is that the sanity of the parent, caregiver, nanny, teacher…responsible for the nurturing of young bodies, minds, and spirits is absolutely essential to preserve. It’s always better to ask for help, than to risk drowning in the deep end. I personally would much prefer that a family member or friend call and let me know they could use a hand, someone to listen, a meal or dessert delivered to their door, help with the kids…than find out after-the-fact that they had a horrible time of it and worried about reaching out for support. People have only so much time and energy in a day. It's okay when you are at a point in your life when what's going on in your family and household is all you can manage to be on the receiving end of the outreach.
Grace on the Go I have taught the girls a slightly altered form of grace because it’s often once everyone’s chowing down on their breakfast or lunch that I remember we haven’t said a blessing. It goes like this: “Bless us, oh Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are ALREADY receiving from Thy bounty through Christ Our Lord. Amen.” Usually after that I add a hearty: “Thank You, God, for giving us food! Thank You, God, for giving us food!” I think it makes up for not blessing the food before we consume it. Not sure. The last time I heard Vivi start saying grace without being prompted, she was sitting on the toilet.
Princess and the Pea Retold As those of you well-versed in fairy tales and hazardous waste removal already know, the proof is in the poop. This week one of my three favorite little princesses had some interesting incidents with accessories. She pooped a purple bead one morning, and I caught her teething on a bright pink toddler-sized ponytail holder. Clearly she’s into accessories (or they're into her). Perhaps when she’s a little older, she’ll start a new line of bling and things created with “bad ass beads” and “salivating hair duds.”
Technology Throwbacks My dear husband, bless his heart, was telling me yesterday that the doctor saw him texting me and told him: “The nineties called. They want their phone back.” For the amount of time it takes him to text me on my only slightly more advanced phone (which still can’t be called smart), he might as well just write me a note and deliver it in person. We had this discussion when he said that he’d ordered a smart TV. Yes, we’re just now replacing our tube TV in honor of Kevin’s upcoming 50th birthday this July. We don’t have an XBOX, Wii, iPod, iPad, a Kindle, or a Smartphone. My husband, who loves music and has a vast collection of it, does have an MP3 player, but I still play CDs (and occasionally even an audio tape) on a boombox/portable stereo as often as I play Youtube videos on my laptop computer. I also have been known to send handwritten letters via snail mail.
-5-The Perks of Being a Wallflower I have to say that I was very impressed by both the book and the movie, which I had checked out from the library for the past couple of weeks. The novel is a series of letters that are really more like diary or journal entries written by a teenager just starting his freshman year of high school. I love how honest, vulnerable, realistic, endearing, hilarious, and heart-wrenching the characters are on the page as well as on the screen. Stephen Chbosky, the novelist was also the director of the film. I highly recommend reading the book and watching the movie. (Quick disclaimer for regular readers since much of what I review is Christian fiction and non-fiction: This is not for kids, and there are some adult themes, scenes, and situations that clearly go against the teachings of the Catholic Church.)
Don’t miss the commentary and extras on the DVD. The one with the director and main actors his absolutely hilarious. The commentary by just Chbosky is really interesting, especially for those who enjoy books, movies, writing, and/or stories of hope.
One of my favorite things about The Perks of Being a Wallflower is that it has so many life lessons that are timeless. One quote that has stuck with me is: “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
-6-Glimpses of Grandma In some ways, I’m definitely my grandma’s girl. She rarely tossed stuff out if it could be recycled or reused by her or by someone else. I am absolutely certain she’s quite tickled that Kevin and I currently have hanging in our bathroom a turquoise (her favorite color) shower curtain that my grandma must have had for 30 some years. When I found it and realized it had never been used, and was still in its original box from a department store that went out of business awhile ago, I couldn’t bring myself to toss it, knowing my grandma would have wanted someone to use it. For more recently observed, “glimpses of grandma,” click here.
Got the Holy Spirit? This weekend we’ll be celebrating Pentecost, the birth of the Catholic Church and therefore the beginning of Christianity. Remember to wear red to Mass. Please pray some extra prayers for the participants of the Cursillo Women’s Weekends going on locally and around the globe this weekend. Also, I ask that you would lift up a wonderful woman of faith who’s going through some real suffering in mind, body, and spirit.
Come Holy Spirit! Descend like a dove and fill us anew with God’s redeeming love. Amen.