The little boy was afraid of the darkâ€¦
Years ago I brought two tiny babies home from the hospital. Turns out, the constant flicker of fluorescent lights and unceasing beeping alerts from monitors conditioned these small people to distrust the dark. (What â€“ you mean like my womb where they were supposed to stay?)
Not to mention that after three months planning the great escape, followed by three months in baby jail, there was a lot of the world to explore. So I told my newborns a bedtime story.
Every night the bedtime stories are read. Teeth are brushed. Good nights are said. And 30 seconds after the lights are dimmed will be the pitter-patter of little feet.
No matter how tired the parents are â€“ those little ones never want to go to sleep. Continue reading
I love books. I love to read. Iâ€™ve been doing it since I was approximately the muppets age. They say everyone is born with a gift. Iâ€™m pretty sure mine was to read all the books.
The muppets were started on their own developing love of literature early, but theyâ€™ve finally begun reaching the age where they can express their own preferences. Both have their favorites.
When we finally brought Destroy home from the hospital, we sat him in his tiny baby bouncer and gently introduced him to the family dogs. We did the same when Search came home three days later.
Each time, our yellow lab Cooper eyed them suspiciously. â€œCan they throw a ball? No? Worthless puppies!â€
See, Cooper was once trained as a working dog. Heâ€™s considered a â€œcareer changer.â€ Mostly because epilepsy is an automatic fail-out. But nevertheless, he has the drive and obsession to focus, inspect his surroundings, and most importantly FETCH THE BALL! Continue reading
Jon found me on the couch reading. â€œWow. Are you reading a real book?â€
And indeed I was. It was a paperback, not my standard digital iAppendage. A Pound of Hope â€“ the story of miracle micropreemie twin boys by Jennifer Kemper Sinconis.Â Continue reading
Disclaimer: This was a paid review forÂ BlogHer Book ClubÂ but the opinions expressed are my own. (And yes, I was allowed to dislike the book. But I didnâ€™t.)
Have you ever found yourself amid the mundane of your routine and suddenly thought to yourself that this tiny unremarkable moment may be worth noting? Continue reading
A little smartphone had a large database of apps to run.
She was a happy little phone. For she had calendars and contacts to remember. Sports stats and games. There was iBooks, Flipboard, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to socialize with. Instagram and Snapseed edited photos while Mail and Messages shared them with friends. Continue reading
In 2000, Kasey Mathews had a daughter. Her world turned upside down. Because, if you couldnâ€™t tell by the title, her daughter was premature.
Mathews gently welcomes you to her tale contained within this bookâ€™s pages by mentioning that she once longed for someone to sit on the edge of her bed, and share their story. But that woman never came. Continue reading
â€œAnd it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things,â€ Maurice Sendak once said. As adults, we have perhaps lost our imagination. (I guess thatâ€™s why we throw winecones.)
Maurice Sendek left this world yesterday. â€œHe sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are.â€ To the author of splendid nightmares: I do not believe there is a child out there who has not turned their mischief making into a fantasy world of fierce monsters â€“ in a land where we can all be the king of our wild things.
â€œAnd now, let the wild rumpus start!â€ Continue reading
The day I post my review of Fragile Beginnings and Iâ€™m heading up north of THE CITY for a book reading and signing of â€œLetâ€™s Pretend This Never Happenedâ€ by The Bloggess herself, Jenny Lawson.
Thatâ€™s right. I got to meet The Bloggess. In person. And listen to her speak. Her New York and LA stops resulted in sold out books and standing room only crowds â€“ so we took no chances and got there early. And also I was navigator in the car, so we had to leave early since it was assumed I would get us lost. (GPS: â€œRe-calculating. You. Moron.) Continue reading