Category Archives: family

born.

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“the six pack’- my grandies all kind of sitting still in one place at one time

on national grandparents day

i am reminded of this afternoon

5 years ago in the park

 you always were

from the youngest age

each your very own person

 i’m so happy to be ‘peaches’ to every one of you.

“when a child is born, so are grandmothers.”

judith levy

opportunity.

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when hanging outside with a couple of my grandies,

we talked as they worked on creating pictures

taken from online designs

very, very carefully selecting each tiny bead to put into place 

i thought it would be a good time to tell them about my cat, olive

who loves to pounce on the jigsaw puzzles on my table

when she finds me in the midst of them

i also thought i would do a mini dramatic recreation of how it all happens

as i pretended to be olive, bouncing my hand on the table

i apparently was a little too into my role

 when i hit the table

we all froze for a few seconds

after noticing that all of their hard work

had just been destroyed in the course of my acting.

great recovery though

as i apologized

we all laughed and laughed and laughed at what happened

knowing

that while it would take a long time to rebuild their designs

we also also knew

that life can be so instantly funny sometimes. 

“the more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.”

– bill nye

karate.

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a family afternoon spent

practicing karate skills, self defense, getting a good workout

socially distant, outside, under a very hot sun

at beacon park, in detroit

lots of sweat, lots of water, lots of fun

“karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can,

using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.”

 -dave barry

ride it out.

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my dad and whole family in the 70’s

bell-bottomed out

 in the midst

of an extended tour

through our hippie phase of life. 

happy father’s day, dad

miss you.

“you can tell what was the best year of your father’s life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.”

-jerry seinfeld

from a mother to her daughters.

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happy mother’s day

to my daughters

who have shared in

my seemingly endless graduations

and all of

 our many, many other adventures and misadventures,

i  am grateful to you and love you for this

you’ve made me happy

watching you all grow

from amazing daughters into amazing mothers

you are my idols. 

“i don’t have to be perfect.

all is have to do is show up and enjoy

the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.”

-kerry washington

happy hour.

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i expect this to be our look on day 3.

we began a virtual family happy hour

on day 1

we all looked pretty good

some having worked online that day

some in self-quarantine

kids and spouses and pets in and out

on day 2

one of us was in a sports bra

one of us was wearing the same shirt from day 1

there was a spill

looking forward to day 3.

 

“why limit happy to an hour?”     

w.c. fields

 

 

image credit: the telegraph 

little dark house.

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back in the day

when my girls were little

if there was a power outage

I would tell them

we were just like the family

in ‘the little house on the prairie’

 we could pretend we were them

 have lots of fun

it was okay for a while

until it got old

the novelty wore off

when there was

no pa playin’ the fiddle

no butter to churn

no humming and singing

no stitchin’ to be done

no cows to milk

 then we just had to wait it out

and it was not fun.

“where a light can’t live, i know i can’t.” 

-Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

 

 

 

image credit: nbc tv

 

out of stone.

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“i believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.

to not be like your parents.

to not be like your friends.

to be yourself.

to cut yourself out of stone.’

-henry rollins

 

 

 

credits: Chad Knight digital sculpture, right brained, wild child