The Sun, The Rain, and I’m Staring in a Commercial

Dear Kid,

What the rain looked like from inside our car (sort of) DearKidLoveMom.comYesterday was a gorgeous day. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the breeze was wafting.

Well, actually, it was more than a breeze and way more than a waft.

It was downright windy.

As I walked from the car into the high school for a meeting, my hair was blowing back. If the puppy had been there, his ears would have been flapping around in the wind. The American flag was standing straight out.

I felt like I was in a commercial for some sort of amazing shampoo. Look at me! My hair billows! The sun was shining and lighting up my hair like a halo. Look at me! I’m in a hair care commercial with great lighting!

I turned the corner and the wind started swirling around. My hair blew straight across my face, momentarily blinding me.

I felt like I was in a commercial for Don’t Let Your Hair Do This. Look at (excuse me while I try to get my hair out of my face) me, thwffft, I don’t want to eat my hair, ffffthw.

Just as the meeting ended, the heavens opened.

I don’t mean it started to rain. I don’t mean it started to pour. I mean the heavens opened and great hurling buckets of Niagara Falls intensity came down. Relentlessly.

And by “relentlessly” I mean it was ridiculous.

I’d brilliantly parked only about 20 feet from the overhang. Didn’t matter. I was soaked by the time I got to the car. Wet hair. Drowned shirt. Waterlogged shoes. Drenched pants.

Look at me. I’m staring in a commercial for drowned rat.

Hopefully I’ll dry out by August.

Love, Mom


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Five Great Things About Memorial Day

Dear Kid,

What a nice day we had yesterday. Here are the top 5 reasons this Memorial Day was a great day.

  1. Parade in the Rain. Three cheers to Memorial Day Concert 2015 DearKidLoveMom.comeveryone who went to the parade despite the soggy weather. Turns out no one melted (no word on the candy that was left after the parade).
  2. Time to Think. Weekends often end too quickly (do you feel that way too?). It was really nice to have a little bit of time to clean in the kitchen sit and think today.
  3. American Ninja Warrior. While some people were watching hockey, some of us had our priorities straight and watched the first episode of this year’s American Ninja Warrior. Have I mentioned how much I love this show?
  4. Memorial Day Concert. As always, the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony was lovely. The weather cleared and our picnic was gourmet. (By “gourmet” I mean Papa John’s pizza, our own pasta salad, fruit salad, and Pi-made cookies.)
  5. Time Together. The best part of a holiday is having the family around. And you’re an important part of that, kiddo.

Love, Mom

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

To those who serve…thank you

Dear Kid,

Today is Memorial Day.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.

I find Memorial Day to be a little confusing. It’s a mix of solemnity and picnics. Of remembering those who fought for our country and launching the summer. Of parades and parties. I’m never quite sure how to reconcile the differences of the day.

By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

To the best of my knowledge we are not related to anyone who died fighting. I think this makes us blessed and very fortunate. But it does not make us any less responsible for remembering those who died—and thinking about those families who have lost one or more in service to our country.

Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Assuming the weather holds, we’ll go to the Memorial Day parade in the morning. Maybe somewhere in the mix of politicians and veterans, bands and civic groups, we can piece together the real meaning of the day.

Love, Mom

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The Graduate (Not the Movie) and Other Impossibilities

Dear Kid,

Clearly imposters since no one I know is old enough to graduate. DearKidLoveMom.comIt has come to my attention that it is college graduation season.

This is entirely Wrong, because the graduate in question (you know who you are, mister) was just two years old yesterday. And while he is Smart smart, he’s not smart enough to graduate from Cornell at age 3.

Before you say “Check your calendar, Mom,” I will point out that you are not old enough to be in college either. Mom time and calendar time are not always the same thing.

One of the important things about college is that it gives your parents time to view you as an adult. Some of us move easily into that point of view. Others of us struggle with letting go for a long time. Personally, I’m finding it easier to see you (my Kid) as a sort of adult rather than The Graduate. Probably because I don’t see him as often.

Or possibly because seeing him (and you) as adults means A) I’m getting old (and clearly that’s not happening) and B) my role in your life is changing. And I’m not sure I’m ready for that to happen.

Fortunately, I have time before you become a graduate. Maybe I’ll grow up some during that time.

And maybe The Graduate will consent to always be a little boy in my mind.

Love, Mom

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Which Came First: The Coffee or the To-Do List?

Dear Kid,

Happy Good Morning and Happy start of a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.

This is exactly what our trees don't look like. DearKidLoveMom.comIt’s one of those perfect days in Cincinnati. The sun is shining, but it’s not hot. The air is clear and not overly pollinated. The birdfeeder is full and the birds are enjoying the bounty.

And while some people are out happily refereeing soccer games, the Puppy and I are happily enjoying the sun on our porch. One of us is shedding and one of us is drinking coffee. I’ll leave it to you to guess who is who.

It will not surprise you to learn that I have a long to-do list for the weekend. Part of me thinks I should get going on the list. The other part of me reached over, grabbed a pen, and added “enjoy coffee” to the list.

There is more than one way to attack a to-do list.

Love, Mom


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Mom Steps In to Help with College Classes

Dear Kid and Bunny,

It seems both of you intend to study body parts, specifically the parts that are kept inside skin.

‘Tis better than riches
To scratch when it itches.
~Author Unknown

And being the kind of mom I am, I decided I’d best step in to help.

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn

The fact that I know nothing about the subject has no place in this discussion.

The human body is a machine which winds its own springs. ~Julien Offroy de la Mettrie, L’Homme Machine

Lesson 1: Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

The body never lies. ~Martha Graham

Lesson 2: You put your right foot in, you take your right foot out, you put your right foot in and you shake it all about

Make your feet your friend. ~J.M. Barrie

Lesson 3: Simon says put your hands on your head. Simon says put your hands on your hips

There is a wisdom in the body that is older and more reliable than clocks and calendars. ~John Harold Johnson

Lesson 4: The hip bone’s connected to the leg bone, and the leg bone’s connected to the foot bone

Your body is a flower that life let bloom…. ~Ilchi Lee

Lesson 5: Bodies don’t have zippers. They aren’t supposed to be opened up.

It’s your body. Tell it what to do. ~Chris Powell

Lesson 6: Perhaps you learned everything you needed to know about anatomy before first grade.

What the mind has forgotten, the body remembers long after. ~Lilias Folan

Lesson 7: Then again, perhaps you ought to pay attention to your professors.

The human body is the only machine for which there are no spare parts. ~Hermann M. Biggs

Love, Mom

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You Won’t Believe What This Car Does

Dear Kid,

We are all going to have to go back to driving school.

To be clear, there are a lot of people on the road right now who probably should go back to driving school (looking at you, red pickup driver who thinks turn signals are just for decoration).

There is a new car in the universe (thank you universe). A new kind of car.

It’s name is EOscc2 (not as marketable as R2D2, but I’m sure they’ll work on that) and it’s billed as an ultra flexible micro-car for mega-cities.

And as long as you don’t need to take anything bigger than a lunchbox with you, it is perfect.

It’s wheels go every whichaway which means parking is a breeze.

No more three-point turn, this baby just spins around.

With a bunch of robotics and sensors it will help you park (and one day do the driving, parking, and coffee making for you).

And—get this—it changes shape.

Yep. This car goes from 2.5 meters down to 1.5 meters.

I can’t even stand myself that is so cool.

The cars also hook up into a little train which might be interesting for people all going the same way, but I’m not sure I see that part catching on in the US.

No clue when, as, or if it will come to market, but I love how these folks are thinking. You can Car that changes shape.

Love, Mom

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