There are seven of us now: Me, my husband, my daughter, my two sons, a daughter-in-law and my dog Raider! But I still carve out the time to complete puzzles, read about myths, psychology, and spirituality, dream, and stare at the stars.
The Grand Egress
Slurpy kisses end Saturday date nights. The clickety-clack of high heels at dawn. Banging pots and pans in the late afternoons. Running up and down the stairs purposefully finding the step with the creak. Singing off-key while watering plants. Arguments escape the walls waking crotchety neighbors. Nails wildly tapping the quartz countertop as you falter through flimsy excuses. Chester drawers slamming because you misplace my clothes again. The washing machine’s worn-out drum beating reminding me you cannot fix a damn thing. The zip, zip, zipping up my brand-new suitcase. I’m leaving you…and I’m taking the noises with me.
An Ode to Dr. Seuss
Your intelligent humor kept me sane as I occupied the hearts and minds of three little ones while their daddy, a soldier proudly serving in the U.S. Army, was away training men for war. It was the beginning of so many lessons, not only for them, but for me, a young mother in her twenties with hopes and dreams as vast as the stars shining at night. Your books were a way to bond, to establish a bedtime ritual, to promote creativity in all of our minds, to bring laughter and rhyme in a world of military uniforms and tanks, and color to gray days of missing the most important man in our lives.
Dream a Little Dream with Me
Motivation. Inspiration. Creation. Imagination. Asking. Wishing. Visualizing. Dreaming. Have you ever been overcome with a feeling so deep, so stirring, so real, even though the origin of said feeling might be a dream not yet realized? You can almost taste it, feel the wind in your hair, if you will, and when you “come to,” you are sitting in your present-day life, the same cutoff pajama shorts and dirty pots on the marbled kitchen counter you noticed before you embarked on your journey to The Land of Possibilities.
Some Fun Little Lesser-Known Facts About Child-Rearing
Learning how to make babies all the way to raising them until they become adults has been quite a ride. I remember watching “the video” in eighth grade Health. We all had to draw the ins and outs of the vagina and penis and for 13-year-olds of both sexes sitting less than a foot away, it was a time I would’ve begged for homeschooling! (I can still remember Matt’s face as I looked at his vagina and he peered at my penis.)
Detectives, Jesus, and Jay Z
The two detectives practically raced to the patrol car, not because of an emergency, but because Detective Lisa Chavez was in the middle of a crazy story. Detective Johnson was transferred two months after it all went down. They tried to buckle up quickly but the excitement was causing the affair to last several seconds.