he is all in.
as the family enjoys their breakfast
one of the grand cats
decides to have his.
jumps on the counter, straddles the cake,
eats fresh whipped cream to his heart’s content.
until he is outed.
“whipped cream can remind you why it’s good to be alive.”
– deb caletti
why, you might ask, is this large ceramic cat sitting in the water?
while visiting my friend’s house
someone in the family took a ceramics class
made several large animals
gifted them to his children
who gifted them to each other
left them at each others’ houses
used them in a variety of ways
including an outdoor towel holder
somehow over time
this one went to live in the water
looking back at the family on the shore
probably thinking the family was unusual
wondering their story
there is always a story.
“we are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually.”
feeling safe walking the streets of ann arbor with these powerfully kind grandies
“sports are sports. it’s all about how we carry ourselves out of the ring.”
shared a kitchen and an online live cooking class
with one of my grandies today
a fast-working sur la table pastry chef
equipment, ingredients, and time
we both worked hard for 2 hours
improvised along the way
scrambled to find things
as the chef added in a few surprises
like making two royal icings
of different consistencies
white chocolate melted
dark chocolate melted
coloring the icings
buttering and chilling the pan
after many, many steps
we had pretty much trashed the entire kitchen
but in the end
we had created
wonderful french madelines – vanilla bean halloween style
more tiny cakes than cookies.
“cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. and cooking done with care is an act of love.”
“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.”
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
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
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.”
after spending the night at daughter #3s’ house
i woke up early at my usual farmer time
everyone else still fast asleep
hunted and gathered food items from their kitchen
soon realizing i had put together a ‘c’ themed breakfast
that was quite satisfying –
coffee with cream, chocolate cookies, cheetos cheese things, computer
i believe all food groups were well represented.
i know this guy might think that ‘c’ is only for cookie, but —
“health food may be good for the conscience, but oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”
my dad and whole family in the 70’s
in the midst
of an extended tour
through our hippie phase of life.
happy father’s day, dad
“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.”
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.”