Bobbing Along

A Lifetime of Stories: collected, painted, shared.

Tag: family

Just Hangin’

There are folks out there who breeze through life with nary a care in the world. Calm. Confident. Capable. Chill. People who just have their shit together from the beginning. I am not one of them. I remember many embarrassing episodes, even in my early years, situations when I would burst—I can’t believe I’m admitting […]

Bluebird

You’re here! You are our littlest one. Our newest one. Our Bluebird. I have yet to hold you but that will be corrected soon. And when I do, I will whisper the same words I have whispered to each of your cousins: I love you. I love you. I LOVE YOU. Can’t wait. Welcome to our […]

It’s What I Do

It doesn’t take much to put a smile on the Peanut’s face. In spite of her parents’ insistence on preparing healthy foods, avoiding whenever possible the pre-made, off-the-shelf, filled-with-salt-and-sugar-and-unpronounceable additives, she fell in love with this: When I returned her to Chicago after our holiday camp (including, yes, that trip to DC), we stuffed our suitcases with envelope […]

Keeping Score

Over the Christmas holidays, Dear Dave and I decided to take the two older grandchildren on a trip to Washington, D.C.  Two nights and two days in that amazing city. A city filled with museums. And, uh, other things. And how did this adventure go, you may wonder? Well, let’s view it as a game—a competition between intent […]

Labors of Love

Before the world went digital, we made scrapbooks. Well, I made scrapbooks. Lots of scrapbooks. Bookshelves of thick, chunky, dust-gathering scrapbooks. Like these: It took hours to select which photographs to include and which to ignore. It took even more time to create categories and tags to explain what needed additional explaining. It was a labor of love usually accomplished during slow […]

The Lu-bird

It must be said that having grandchildren is tantamount to winning the lottery…or finding that gold at the end of a rainbow. It is simply the most marvelous gift Life can hand you. Better than bacon. Even better than butter. Better than children too, actually, although I love my kids, I really do. I just find […]

And Then There’s THIS…

…this SCREENSHOT of her FACEBOOK POST…from the daughter who frets and hides every time her dad has a camera nearby. Yes. Yes, she did. Knowing only too well her aversion to being photographed, well, let’s just say right here and now: this rendered me speechless! Meanwhile, her Facebook family went bonkers so what do I know? I […]

Teachable Moments

Or How Children Learn Just What They Are Ready To Understand And Not One Bit More. Thank God. I am a firm believer in the value of “teachable moments,” those brilliant bursts of opportunity the Universe inexplicably gives us to share some wisdom with someone else. I am rarely ready for these moments which I’m pretty sure is a big […]

Here’s Beanie!

Yeah. I know. I’m overdue on announcing this. Waaaay overdue. Good God, he’s already 3 1/2 months old! And he’s gone from this wee thing with stringy arms and legs (hence the name), to this little chunk of chins. He was instantly adored by his big brother, the Rooster. Accordingly, the Rooster’s insatiable curiosity continues to give […]

This Man

In May, we accompanied the Rooster and his parents to the May Festival at his school. It’s been years since we went to a May Festival but attending this one at the same elementary school our children attended brought back many memories. Memories of being a young mother. Or of just being young, for that […]