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4th Recap and Some Things Just Have to Be Said

Dear Kid,

What a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

There was so much going on this weekend—celebrations in different cities with different families of different times in our lives.

Shout out to those at #Kutz50 this weekend–Love you guys! Sorry we couldn’t be with you.

One of these days I will figure out how to clone myself and be all places simultaneously. In the meantime, I’m grateful for Facebook and people who share photos.

Shout out to those at Red, White, and Blue Ash–Thank you for enjoying the evening for us!

Shout out to family gathered in Cleveland–Oh wait. I’m here. No shouting necessary. Yay!

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July. DearKidLoveMom.comWe watched fireworks from the rooftop in Cleveland last night. It was absolutely amazing to see all the fireworks from countless localities all at once. It was a panorama of pretty. A kaleidoscope of kaboom (without most of the noise). Very, very cool.

And just when we thought the show was nearing its end, the City of Cleveland started its fireworks show. Spectacular.

If you don’t mind, I’m going to take a small moment for a Public Service Announcement.

Dear ‘Murica,

No, it’s not better when you take a photo of fireworks using your iphone with the flash on.

No, it’s not better when you hand your nephew a burning sparkler and tell him to stick the end through the chain link fence so he doesn’t get burned.

No, a few more beers does not improve your ability to set off fireworks. Let the professionals do it. You should stick with saying “ooh” and “ahh.”

No, it is not funny to try to convince your dog that fireworks are fun. Let him go inside and cower in the privacy of his own home.

Sorry. Some things just have to be said.

Hope you enjoyed your fireworks show last night and you have a great day today.

Get some sleep, kiddo. Pretty sure you need it.

Love, Mom

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It’s National WHAT DAY? (Bet You Didn’t Know This)

Dear Kid,

A bend in the road is not the end of the road--unless you fail to make the turn. DearKidLoveMom.comI know it’s close to the end of the day and I am dangerously close to not having a post today. But fear not, Oh Child of Mine, I am getting this on the web before today becomes tomorrow, so all is right with the world.

Word of Warning: I’m tired, so I don’t promise coherence.

Today has been a crazy busy day. I had to apologize to the puppy (twice) for accidentally getting flour on his fur (he looked like he’d encountered about 6 large, un-melting snowflakes—but he didn’t seem a bit concerned about his decorations). And I did a bunch of stuff that would sound really boring in print, so I won’t bother you with the details. You’re welcome.

Important: November 15 is National Recycle Day. It is also Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. I like to think there’s a connection, but the idea of recycling some of the things (and by “things” I mean science experiments) that sometimes end up in our frig is a little scary.

In honor of Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, I took some things out the frig and then put them back. No germs were harmed in the process.

LIFE is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while. DearKidLoveMom.comIt’s also Clevelanders Are Visiting Day. We’ve had a lovely time starting to catch up. It’s been a looong time and I am thrilled they are here. More about that tomorrow.

In other news, it’s cold. Not just chilly, but C-O-L-D. Also it’s not warm.

I think I need to go to sleep now.

You should probably recycle something.

Love you kiddo,

Love, Mom



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TIL About Sweetest Day | Cincinnati Chocolate Festival

Chocolate and Berries Cinci Chocolate Festival DearKidLoveMom.comDear Kid,

Once upon a time, we did not live in the Midwest. When we moved here, we discovered a holiday called Sweetest Day. I assumed it was a Hallmark Holiday, a day created out of nothing as an excuse to sell more cards, chocolate, heart holding teddy bears, and angst.

Today I learned (TIL if you’re a Reddit fan) the truth about Sweetest Day.

Sweetest Day was originally created in 1921 by C. C. Hartzell and 12 others (all candy makers in Cleveland). The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in order to brighten up their day and show them that someone cared.

So what I thought was a made-up, ridiculous holiday is a made-up, wonderful idea that is now being exploited by candy makers, card vendors, florists, and sellers of heart holding teddy bears. Note: This year, Sweetest Day is October 19. Try to remember to at least blow a kiss in your mother’s general direction.

Chocolate and brownies Cincinnati Chocolate Festival“Why,” you say, “are you talking about Sweetest Day when it is over a week away?”

Good question. Fortunately, I have a good answer. Sunday, as in the day after tomorrow, is (are you ready for this?) the Cincinnati Chocolate Festival. The photos here (which I did not take, but which look so good that I’m pretty sure I’ve gained about 17 pounds just looking at them) are from last year’s festival. I just framed them because all that gorgeous chocolate deserves a gorgeous frame, don’t you think?

I asked Pi if she was interested in going this year. “Is that even a question????!!???” she asked. Which, given that we’re talking about chocolate, is a pretty reasonable response that I interpreted to mean “heck, yeah, let’s go!”

As I understand it, one can sample chocolate, buy chocolate (perhaps even buy chocolate for Sweetest Day), smell chocolate, and heaven only knows what else. If you were here, I would be delighted to take you, but as you are off in college world it will be logistically difficult.Chocolates Cincinnati Chocolate Festival Pi and I will be delighted to eat some chocolate for you as your teeth are rather new. (Extra points if you get the reference.)

Tonight is football versus Colerain. It should be a great night for football weather-wise (I’m ignoring but I rather suspect it will be a nail-bitter of a game. Yark!

Can’t wait to see you tomorrow at the regatta (my first crew regatta! very exciting).

Love, Mom


Binker by A. A. Milne (extra points if you remembered that A. A. Milne also wrote all the Pooh stories)

Binker-what I call him-is a secret of my own,
And Binker is the reason why I never feel alone.
Playing in the nursery, sitting on the stair,
Whatever I am busy at, Binker will be there.

Oh, Daddy is clever, he’s a clever sort of man,
And Mummy is the best since the world began,
And Nanny is Nanny, and I call her Nan-

But they can’t See Binker.

Binker’s always talking, ‘cos I’m teaching him to speak
He sometimes likes to do it in a funny sort of squeak,
And he sometimes likes to do it in a hoodling sort of roar…
And I have to do it for him cos his throat is rather sore.

Oh, Daddy is clever, he’s a clever sort of man,
And Mummy knows all that anybody can,
And Nanny is Nanny, and I call her Nan-

But they don’t Know Binker.

Binker’s brave as lions when we’re running in the park;
Binker’s brave as tigers when we’re lying in the dark;
Binker’s brave as elephants. He never, never cries…
Except (like other people) when the soap gets in his eyes.

Oh, Daddy is Daddy, he’s a Daddy sort of man,
And Mummy is as Mummy as anybody can,
And Nanny is Nanny,and I call her Nan…

But they’re not Like Binker.

Binker isn’t greedy, but he does like things to eat,
So I have to say to people when they’re giving me a sweet,
“Oh, Binker wants a chocolate, so could you give me two?”
And then I eat it for him, cos his teeth are rather new.

Well, I’m very fond of Daddy, but he hasn’t time to play,
And I’m very fond of Mummy, but she sometimes goes away,
And I’m often cross with Nanny when she wants to brush my hair…

But Binker’s always Binker, and is certain to be there.

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