Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Her Garden...Your Garden

My Best Habit

As a little girl, I would sneak into my mother’s room while she was in the shower and rummage through her drawers. I didn’t have to be sneaky around her because she was a generous woman, one who would give the world to her children if she could.
Yet, there was something spontaneous about being sneaky and being caught. I wasn’t looking for her square-shaped princess earrings or her rose-colored lipstick. I wasn’t trying to play dress-up, I was looking for one of her simple, baggy and worn T-shirts.
I would press the tarnished seams up against my body, jump on top of my parents’ bed and admire myself in the mirror, peering over one shoulder, peering over the other and, of course, checking my backside to make sure the bagginess was plenty, the holes many and the comfort just right... 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Simplicity of Children

A paper shopping bag, two colorful bead bracelets and a stack of coasters, these are items that can keep a child amazed and satisfied for hours.  Children simplify life.  They remind us that a ketchup stain or a stumble on the pavement, can't keep you from playing. Instead these mishaps are stories to embellish our adventures.  With children it is just that simple. 

Friday, June 4, 2010

California Dreamin'

During the summer my mom always had a bowl of cherries on the kitchen counter.  I try to keep even these little traditions alive around the house.