It’s Not Just Memorial Day

It’s Not Just Memorial Day

Dear Kid,

It’s Memorial Day. You knew that. And if you want to read my serious thoughts on the day, you can find them here and here. If you want my thoughts about Memorial Day hot dogs, click here.

But today is far more than Memorial Day. It is also Learn About Composting Day.

I am not joking.

Learn About Composting Day was created by the Holiday Insights people in 2011. I have no idea (absolutely no idea) why they would pick Memorial Day, because it seems like a bad pun to me. I’m hoping they just happened to coincide this year. But still….

The general idea behind composting is to take vegetable and fruit scraps, pack them away in a dark place for a while, and voila! you have wonderful, nutritious compost that you can use to fertilize plants in the garden. What could be easier?

The harvest--pre-compost. DearKidLoveMom.comAt our house, we excel at some of the steps.

Create fruit and veggie scraps? No problem. We generate a ton of peels, ends, tops, and rinds.

Collect the aforementioned scraps? Still no problem. We sometimes fill multiple containers in a day.

Deposit the scraps in a dark place? We are so on it! (And by “we” I mean Dad. He does an outstanding job of taking the scraps out to the compost bin.)

Leave the aforementioned scraps alone and let them decompose? Doing nothing is one of my superpowers.

Take out the wonderful, nutritious compost and fertilize plants? Um, not so much.

For reasons I can’t even begin to understand or analyze, we have the Las Vegas of compost bins: what goes into the compost bin stays in the compost bin. It must be decomposing and settling down inside the bin because the volume we’ve put in far exceeds the size of the container. Unless there’s a fourth dimension to the container…hadn’t thought about that…

“Next year” we are going to take the compost out and spread it around. Apparently, “next year” is one of those unreachable goals that moves farther away as you get closer. Remember Tantalus?

On the down side, our plants are not getting the benefit of wonderfully decomposed kitchen scraps. On the plus side, the scraps aren’t in a landfill and they aren’t in the kitchen. And I got to mention mythology.

Happy Composting!

Love, Mom

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Heat Awareness Day? I Think Not

Dear Kid,

Well, ain’t this ridiculous?

Today is Heat Awareness Day.

It’s 30 degrees below zero and monsooning, and it’s Heat Awareness Day.

The Penguins are complaining that it's too dang cold. DearKidLoveMom.comPenguins are complaining about it being too cold, and it’s Heat Awareness Day.

It’s May 26th. It’s practically Memorial Day. It’s Heat Awareness Day. And I’m contemplating the benefits of a down jacket or three wool sweaters. (And I’ll probably wear both—me, as the Michelin Man.)

But just in case the weather ever warms up:

Wear sunscreen. Lots of it. Reapply frequently.

Drink lots of water. Then drink more.

Find shade.

Wear a hat.

Have another drink of water.

Wear loose, light-colored clothing.

Avoid strenuous activity in the middle of the day.

Take a dunk in the pool.

Remember how you felt on May 26th.

Love, Mom

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Dear Mom,

There’s a problem with Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. DearKidLoveMom.comIt’s not when we’re little. Then it’s easy because a teacher hands you paper and macaroni and gold paint and voila! Mother’s Day from the heart and you didn’t even have to wash sticky fingers.

As we get a little older, it’s still pretty easy. We have new skills each year that we can incorporate into an entirely new celebration of Mother’s Day. We learn to express ourselves. We learn to say thank you.

Eventually, we get old enough that we learn how important mothers really are and we really, really say thank you. And I’m sorry. And if only I knew then what I know now. And you must have been a saint to put up with me then (and now).

When we get our own kids, we start to learn that you taught us how to mom and we celebrate Mother’s Day by thanking you for that too. And sending you pix of the grandkids, because you can never go wrong with that.

Some of us grow up to get our own blog and we write joyful (public) letters celebrating (publicly) the incredibleness of our own mom. The next year we try to say all the things we forgot to say the first year.

And then here we are four years of public blogging later, facing a blank screen and wondering how we can say (differently) that you’re the best mom ever and we’re so grateful for all you’ve done. Then and now.

See what I mean? There’s a problem with Mother’s Day? Because how do tell someone they’re better than best? That you wouldn’t be half the person you are without them? Without sounding like you’re repeating yourself from prior years?

Can’t be done.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Love, Your Kid

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Cinco de Mayo (Without Talking About Avocados)

5 Things You Don’t Know About Cinco de Mayo (Without Talking About Avocados)

Dear Kid,

May the Fifth is also known as the Revenge of the Fifth Day. DearKidLoveMom.comIn honor of it being the 5th Day of the 5th Month, I bring you 5 Things You Don’t Know About Cinco de Mayo (and I’m not going to talk about avocados).

5. Most people in Mexico don’t really care about Cinco de Mayo. It’s just another day. Because

4. It isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the vastly outnumbered, out resourced, out of options Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla (1862).

3. Cinco de Mayo became popular in the US after President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the Good Neighbor Policy in 1933. His intent was to improve relations with Latin America. Perhaps not everyone has read their history…

2. May 5th is not just Cinco de Mayo. It’s also the day Carnegie Hall opened (1891), the day John Thomas Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution (1925), and the day NASA launched the first manned space flight (1961). This year it’s also International Tuba Day (the first Friday in May).

1. And finally, May the Fifth is also known as the Revenge of the Fifth Day. (This refers to following Star Wars Day, not to whatever you drink at a Cinco de Mayo party.)

Whatever you’re celebrating, I hope you have a good day.

Love, Mom

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It’s Star Wars Day (and I Really Should Not Have Had That Last Cup of Coffee)

It’s Star Wars Day (and I Really Should Not Have Had That Last Cup of Coffee)

Dear Kid,

It’s Star Wars Day.

We’ve talked about Star Wars Day (which is to say I’ve talked and you’ve read). And after careful research (and by “research” I mean I had a cup of coffee), I can confidently say there are no more interesting yet sufficiently non-obscure facts about SW for me to talk about (if you want insanely obscure, you’ll have to do your own research).

May the Fourth Be With You. Happy Star Wars Day! DearKidLoveMom.comHaving nothing Star Wars related to write about, I turned on the TV and found the Big Bang Theory episode with James Earl Jones talking about Star Wars. (I kid you not. It was on. And it was an episode I’d not seen before. Win-win.) I didn’t learn anything particularly new about Star Wars, but I did enjoy myself.

Then my brain took a left turn (and I went along for the ride). I started thinking ‘May The Fifth Be With You.’ I thought ‘I wonder what they were drinking in the bar in Star Wars.’ And then I thought ‘But if we’re going to be drinking a fifth of something on May the fifth it should probably be tequila. Which makes me a day early for Cinco de Mayo.’ Then I thought ‘I probably shouldn’t have had that last cup of coffee.’

Have you ever read a really good book and raced through it because you couldn’t put it down only to be disappointed at the end because you finished it? And then you find out there’s a sequel and you’re so happy you jump around in little circles? And fly out the door to purchase the sequel which you then read all in one sitting because it’s so good but then you’re finished and you’re just so sad it’s over? Star Wars will never be over. They are going to keep making Star Wars movies until the technology is so advanced that we will all have movie chips implanted in our brains.

Let’s just cross our fingers and hope the story telling remains exceptional.

I’ve got a good feeling about this. (See what I did there? Extra points if you get it.)

May the Fourth Be With You.

Love, Mom

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Guess Who’s Coming Home!

Dear Kid,

So this is cool.

calendar keep yourself healthyMy calendar popped up a reminder: The Kid comes home no later than today.

And by today, I mean TODAY!

That is pretty wonderful.

Of course, by the time you actually get her, it will be practically tomorrow, but that’s OK. You’ll still be here.

For a while at least.

OhMyGoodness! I need to figure out menus! Because I’m pretty sure you’re going to want something more than bananas and yogurt while you’re here.


Love, Mom

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