Just a spoon full of sugar

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

When I was somewhere in the vicinity of seven years old I loved Cinderella. One afternoon two of my cousins and I dressed in our most convincing servant garb and scrubbed my Grandfather's driveway to mimic a favorite scene of the princess on her hands and knees scrubbing the floor and singing as the bubbles flew around the room. We may have used an entire bottle of dish soap. A very large bottle. As the story goes it took my Grandfather quite a while to rinse off the driveway enough that it would stop bubbling. He was very annoyed. My Nana however, thought it was delightful and that it was simply proof of our magical imaginations. There seems to be, if only for a short while in our childhood, some fun in doing work. Whether we have Cinderella to thank for that or childhood ignorance I'm not sure, but I do know that a mother must take advantage of this stage in life before it is gone. In the words of Marry Poppins, "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and, SNAP!, the job's a game!" so I decided to make Kaitlynn a bit of fun to work with. During one of Tate's naps and with Perri on my lap we made a poster of things that she could do to help mommy around the house and to earn the ever elusive Barbie bucks. Some of the items on the chart still need supervision but she seems to be enjoying the work a little and maybe, just maybe, she will for a few more years. P.S. As a word of caution the video clip is a bit long so don't click play unless you are in need of three full minutes of Marry in your day.

pulled together

Friday, April 16, 2010

I once made it my new years resolution to accessorize more. I know that to some of you this may seem like a trivial and fruitless goal to be dedicating a full year of effort to, but it may simply be that you do realize what an accessory says. For example a few bangles around your wrist make that magical jingling sound and say "Isn't today a fun?!", where as a broach or a string of pearls might say that your one of those lucky girls who can really pull off looking vintage or have a touch of nostalgia without looking old. A great pair of earings might say, "How do you like my new hair style?", or " I'm feeling very bohemian". But then again earings always have alot to say. But regardless what your fashion choice or what it is saying (or screaming in some cases) what it really says about you is that you took the time to put it on. You are all pulled together by that one choice. That extra touch of fancy or flair. I went to dinner tonight with some friends and admired my dining companion's silvery twisted bracelet and remembered that feeling. When I arrived home I opened my jewelery bag and do you know what I saw? The future. A promising world where all of my children are slightly more self sufficient and things seemed a little brighter. A world where I looked very Jackie O (even if just for the day) with my Nana's broach perfectly pinned on a delightful ensemble. Oh the power of a simple accessory. Maybe only two years from now I will again vow to be put together.