Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Call a Specialist!


Crazy Train (of thought)

Three times yesterday Princess yakked up something that resembled alien fetuses; twice on a suede pillow and once on the Persian rug, near where she wipes her bottom when she thinks I’m not looking. Jill asked me to call in a specialist. I did – a taxidermist.

The way the temperature is fluctuating around here it very well could be the first Christmas I’ve ever spent in shorts and flip-flops. I think I’ll have a Margarita with my fruitcake.

I love taking photos for my books; it has been a great way to meet very interesting people and make a few new friends. This year I’ve received Christmas cards from many families that have been included in one of the books. It’s so much fun to see how the children have grown in a year. Speaking of photos, included with this post is the shot we used on our family Christmas card.

Marital Bliss

Last night I sat with Jill as she watched a TV show about a man with two wives who now wanted a third – all under the same roof. He said he doesn’t believe in monogamy; he thinks pluralism is a more natural way to live. He is enlightened, he claimed. I thought he was self-abusive.

Kid-bytes

Linley wants to have a friend over this afternoon but doesn’t know how she’d get here, how she’d get home, how long she can stay or where she lives. I guess youth doesn’t yet understand the necessity of details. She also wants me to take her to the grocery to buy a sheet cake. I’ve said “no” at least 100 times in the last 15 minutes. I think she’s going for 200.

Book Report

I got a Google alert that someone posted a comment on their blog about one of my books. I was delighted when I found it. Look and see why:

“I received this book "Why A Son Needs A Mom" from my Mom today. Let me tell you it is awesome little book. Every one of those hundred reasons make you think about the time you have spent and will spend with them. It is truly wonderful. I believe the best part however is not actually the book itself, but was printed in the TO..FROM page in the very front. It reads:
To: My Best Achievement...From: I Love You, Mom. I have to tell you, I am a bit of a emotional man when it comes to things like that. She doesn't know it yet and probably never will unless she reads this note, but I had to excuse myself from the room to take a minute to let it set in and let my eyes dry up. She has been my driving force through life and continues to show me everyday what it takes to be truly happy and the things that really matter in life.

Now I realize some of us may not have the ideal relationship with one or both of the people who helped create us, but I believe everyone has a person or people that change there lives forever and help us through out our journey through life. For this I think everyone has that one person there are most grateful for in their life. I can tell you with out a doubt, that person for me is my Mom.”

…and then I received this email…

“I don't typically write to people regarding books. I was shopping today and found a book you authored; "Why a Son Needs a Mom". I purchased it for my Son (22) who is in the Army and will be leaving for Iraq for his first 12 month tour of duty the beginning of January 2007. I was going to write him a letter to take with him, but wasn't sure what to say. Your book has helped me say just the right words; I plan on writing in the pages of the book special things that have happened during his life. I intend on adding a "new" last page. A son needs a Mom to come home to! I cannot thank you enough for writing the words that seem to fit this occasion so perfectly.”

I am blessed in so many ways, not the least of which is having a job that allows you to get great email like this from total strangers.


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