I have lived in the same place for a little over 8 years now and have become strange friends with an unlikely candidate. A tree. A dead tree. She has been dead ever since I knew her. She used to have a friend, also dead, but years ago the friend fell down and rotted into the fertile soil beneath.
I don't know that I can explain my love of this tree. I liked how she stood there, strong and defiant. An old, apparently useless thing; she dared me to love her beauty, to accept her just as she was. And I did. Any time I drove back and forth to town, my eyes would light on what I came to think of as my tree. Just a moment, a brief nod to this steadfast friend. Part of me always wondering if this would be the time that she would be gone, blown over by the wind or simply having given up and fallen down, roots flailing in the air as sometimes happens.
Recently, construction started in the field nearby and I knew this was my cue. I pulled my car to the side of the road one sunny…
My spunky little girl, how is it that you are already 18 months old? You have gotten so big! You are taller than the kitchen table now. As you have for months, you love to climb. Everything. Mommy, primarily, but also Daddy and Sissy and the kitchen tables and the fridge and the stove and pretty much anything you can get purchase on. You are on the go and BUSY all of the time. You have already learned to climb out of both your pack and play and your crib. Lucky for Mom and Dad, you still wear your boots for clubbed feet at night, so I think that will buy us a little more time in the crib (at night, anyway).
You love your sister. You climb on her a lot too, which incites a lot of screaming on her part. But you two are finally getting to an age where you will play happily together sometimes and it pleases me so much to hear you both giggling away.
You love to explore and have no fear. When we took you to the ocean this summer you went right for it and didn't miss a beat!
Go over to Kate Takes 5 to check out more awesome lists. Kate always comes up with great ideas that I just can't resist diving into. So, without further ado, my top 5 favorite kids' movies:
1. Labyrinth - This movie has stood the test of time, in my humble opinion. David Bowie in tights? Maybe not so much. But Jennifer Connelly? I just knew she was destined for greatness. I still quote this movie all of the time (though others may not realize it). It is a truly magical adventure and one of my favorites from childhood. I recently showed it to my niece who agreed that it is still cool (perhaps she was humoring me, but still). On a side note, I was sure I would wear a dress JUST LIKE the one Sarah wore in the scene after she is poisoned by Hoggle. Which, ask anyone, is pretty much the polar opposite of exactly what happened!
2. Finding Nemo - What is not to love about this movie (other than the fact that there is a lot of overwhelming sadness that takes place)? Dori…