happy day to all who celebrate the return of spring
in their own very fine way.
“i still believe in santa, the easter bunny, the tooth fairy and true love. don’t even try to tell me different.”
art credits: vicky sawyer
happy lunar new year
in the year of the rabbit
to all who celebrate
“leonardo fibonacci, the great 13th century italian mathematician (1175-1250)
created the ‘fibonacci sequence’ to explain behavior in nature mathematically.
history has it that the first question he posed
was how many rabbits would be created in one year starting with one pair.”
Toy Department during Christmas season in the J.L. Hudson store, Detroit – 1957
loved this view of the toy department at the store during the Christmas season.
toys were displayed on shelves, tables, and display cases,
with decorations featuring elves, a sleigh, and reindeer in background.
this is where i went every year
all dressed up fancy
to buy little gifts (with help from the elves) for my family
to see santa
to have a special lunch
always, always amazed
by the glamour and magic of it all.
“like snowflakes, my christmas memories gather and dance –
each, beautiful, unique, and gone too soon.
credits: detroit memories, linda yates rudnicki, j.l. hudson’s
not me, nor anyone in my family, but i love the spirit of ‘pocket pancaking’
all families are unique, with their own quirks, traditions, and ways of communicating – and the holiday season often serves as the perfect showcase for these interconnected elements. so when tonight show host, jimmy fallon asked his viewers to tweet funny examples using hashtag #myfamilyisweird, the responses did not disappoint. one person shared their relatives’ tradition of hiding leftover pancakes in each other’s pockets, while another posted a photo of a ‘hideous hand-me-down elf ornament their mother keeps trying to throw away each year, but hilariously ends up back on the tree. customs we cultivate with our kin can do more than just make us laugh, studies have long shown that establishing family routines and rituals positively benefits our health, relationships and well-being.
does your family have any unusual traditions? in my family we had a super creepy automotron mange-y looking furry toy cat that kept coming back. we bought it for a visiting grandie and just thought it was an ordinary stuffed animal, but what we soon discovered was that it would move or make noise at random times. people who received this gift ending up reporting that they kept in their garage or basement or closet, because it creeped them out so much. even with all that, they housed if for a full year, just for the opportunity to ‘gift it’ to someone else in family at the next christmas gathering. people went to great lengths to disguise it when wrapping, so the recipient would let down their guard and open it. we gifted it back and forth to each other for many years, until one year it just disappeared….
“remember as far as anyone knows we’re a nice, normal family.”
— homer Ssmpson
much love to my three daughters, each one now a mother too, on mothers day.
even if i only rarely called you by your right name on the first try.
“mothers are not the nameless,
who appear once a year on a greeting card with their virtues set to prose,
but women who have been dealt a hand for life
and play each card one at a time the best way they know how.
no mother is all good or all bad,
all laughing or all serious,
all loving or all angry,
ambivalence rushes through their veins.”
this is someone else (who is not me)
goofing off to celebrate one holiday,
while actively ignoring the clutter of the other holiday.
how incredibly lucky
that right after i realized it is
‘clutter awareness week’
i found out it is also
‘international goof off week’
so i decided to go all in on the goof off celebration.
i’ve never been one to shy away from honoring a holiday
but i can only spread myself so thin.
happy holidays to those of you who celebrate one or both.
“but i love to feel events overlapping each other, crawling over one another like wet crabs in a basket.”
image credit: animal rescue site news