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Monthly Archives: May 2011
I heard once that the secret to writing a good story is putting your main character in a situation they would least want to be. When my children have complained about a villain of a story, I’ve even told them there wouldn’t be much of a story without the villain. And yet, how often do you feel sad at the end of a book because you don’t want it to end. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend more time in the “happily ever after” part of the book?
The older I get and the more hard times I see, the more I think I might like that boring book with no villains and no trails. I’m curious to see how long I could stay interested in a book with one joyous event after another. Maybe that story would make me sad because it would be so far from my reality.
For now I’ll settle for the escape to another time, another place and another set of challenges is just what I need to appreciate my own challenges. I posted our latest book club adventure over at Arizona Mama.
My kiddos will tell you I must have really been into music in the 80’s because I can name that tune with the best of them. Even with all those songs from that memorable decade, there is one that stands out like no other. The song – Let’s Go Crazy by Prince (before he was known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and now known as Prince again.)
I wouldn’t say that my friends and I liked that particular song more than a dozen more songs at the time, but that song had a lot of energy. It was the perfect tempo to make a really good flag routine. Yes, I was in the high school marching band and I played the flag. You might call it the color guard. It was so cool spinning that long handle around fast enough to hear it whizzing threw the air. And then we learned a how to throw that spinning flag high over our heads, in sync with the rest of the team.
One long Saturday with nothing better to do, (I had a lot of those), my fellow flag teammate and I decided to make our own flag routine to that upbeat song. We worked and practiced all day, and it was pretty awesome if I do say so myself. After several hours, we decided that we needed a big finale to match Prince’s guitar solo at the end. Of course one of our new throws would be the perfect thing. Even though it was a fairly new skill, I could usually make the throw. The worse thing that happened if I missed was my pole clattered on the ground and I was pretty used to that sound.
This time my miss left more of an impression – on my forehead. Somehow I missed and the pole slammed me in the head, ringing my bell and leaving me seeing stars. Practice was over for the day and that was one routine I never tried again.
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One of my children started his Family Home Evening lesson with the question, “What is Faith?”
His sisters piped up with,”Faith is a seed, if planted it will grow.” And,”Faith is a feeling within my heart, when I do right I know.”
The girls knew that quoting a Primary song wasn’t exactly the answer my son was going for, but it was a fun way to start a discussion on what faith is, how it helps us, and why we need it. I love that my children have fun learning together.
We played Don’t Eat Pete. I just love games that involve eating M&M’s!
Our treat was my favorite homemade chocolate cake with homemade chocolate frosting. My favorite part of this cake was that one of my girls made it for me.