Friday, March 15, 2013

The Lion and The Lamb

I love the way words can represent thoughts and feelings, the way metaphors can relate experiences and descriptions.

 "In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb, March roars in like a lion so fierce, the wind so cold, it seems to pierce. 
The month rolls on and Spring draws near, and March goes out like a lamb so dear. 
~Lorie Hill

March.  Molly's birthday is the 2nd and Anna Cate's is the 29th, the whole lion and lamb reference sort of fits their personalities as well as their birth month.
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Last week, we enjoyed both the lion and the lamb within a few days.

The lion...
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The snow, not the child. 

We enjoyed a big March snow and three extra days together as schools were cancelled.
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A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. Vernon Howard 
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The Child.
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And in a matter of days, all the snow was gone and we galavanted to DC to spend the day with my dear friend Dorinda and her sweet dogs. The lamb, the weather.
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We visited memorials of Lincoln and MLK, both of whom Anna Cate has learned about in school. Now that I'm thinking about it, they fit nicely in my lion/lamb metaphor. 

I love this scene at the MLK memorial,  reminding me how important words are and how important it is to teach my children of their value. 
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Martin Luther King, a lamb. 
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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.~Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 I think it is fair to call Lincoln a lion.
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Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. --Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 Gettysburg Address
A little story about the girls and this metaphor. There is a girl in Anna Cate's class who isn't always very nice. Let's call her Betty. Several weeks ago, I told Anna Cate to ignore her (to be polite but not too eager to be her friend) and lo and behold, Betty started being nice again, yet when Anna Cate went back to her congenial self, Betty was back to her not-so-nice self.  So we had a conversation about it, "Molly said, I want to beat Betty up," to which Anna Cate responded, "violence is not the answer. Martin Luther King's house was bombed and he still was peaceful." 

The interchange and window to their personalities amused me, and I have to admit I do sort of see value in both. I cherish Anna Cate's sweet spirit but am sort of proud that Molly would stand up to anyone who is hurting her big sister. 

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I think about the fun on the snow days and the joy of a sunny day, my sweet and spirited girls and the contributions of a war leader and pacifist on our country. 

In other pre-spring activities, the girls enjoyed a day at home with Nana when she visited for Molly's party.
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Anna Cate ran her first race with her crossfit kid buddies and fabulous coach, Suzanne.
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It was nice that Nana was still in town from Molly's birthday party the day before.
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Anna Cate and Leana said their goal this year was to run a race. They did it!
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Molly was a good cheerleader.
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She insisted on taking her twin baby dolls in her new stroller from Baba.
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In honor of the girls' March birthdays there were flowers in church given in their honor from "friends of their Grammy's."  photo 1B2AA9FA-90AD-421C-A117-65878363EB63-4113-000003D8F34E8B6A_zps2037351e.jpg
They were from Patti and Carolyn.
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During the service, after reading the blurb in the bulletin, Anna Cate wrote this note.
Dear Grammy, thank you for those flowers you gave me and Molly. We love you so much.

"Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!" ~ Sitting Bull (A lion and a lamb)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

You are Youer than You

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Molly Mae shares a birthday with Dr. Suess so she came into this world on READ TO AMERICA Day, and we celebrated her 3rd birthday with a Dr. Seuss party. She was thing 3.
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Molly's personality has developed this past year and she is certainly a thing unto herself and when I think about Seuss and all the hidden messages and silly tales and crazy characters, it fits her... and us. 
We had a lot of fun with the theme.
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My incredibly talented friend shared her baking and creative talents.
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Think and wonder. Wonder and Think. ~Dr. Suess
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Nana mastered the green eggs.

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And I bought my first ham. I'm almost 37 and I've never purchased a ham, but Green Eggs and HAM were a must.
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We found a CAT IN THE HAT bouncy house.
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This seemed much more important to Molly than the books or decor. 
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I had envisioned a quiet circle around Marian for kids to hear her read Seuss books.
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Anna Cate was interested for a few minutes but I think my mom was the person who listened the longest. 
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The guests did crafts for a keepsake of Dr. Suess's quotes. Treat yourself to read these words. 
Dr. Seuss quotes

 So much soul in what life is about in his work. Sort of like a party: family, friends, and celebrating. 
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Molly seemed happy to be surrounded by her friends.
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And some sugar.
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Molly is not an easy egg to crack. I still don't totally understand what makes her tick, but she brings me joy, love and laughter daily.   I love so much about her and it's only been three years and I look forward to the journey. 
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As I look at these pictures, I find myself in awe of the relationships she has already crafted.
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I look at how she and her buddy Owen look at each other. 
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Or how much Jackson loves her. 
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I think about the way she wants to know what Luke is doing or the way she copies what Anna Cate does.  

Goodness know, she is genuine because she doesn't do anything for show.  In three short years, she has loved and been loved so fully. She understands the Seuss directive to "be who you are say what feel."  As frustrating as it is, I guess it is admirable how she doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks, that she has the strangest way to cuddle -- she rubs my neck. While she yells "I WAS GOING TO DO THAT" like she hates me when I open a door for her, she also tells us "I love you" in the sweetest manner.  She is her own little precious person, and I simply can not believe there are three years that separate me from the day we held her newborn self. I love you to the moon and back Molly Mae... you will always be my baby, right?!?! 
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"Today you are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is YOUER than You."
 ~ Dr. Seuss

Molly and Anna Cate's outfit fromt his ETSY store.
Cake and pops from Chas at Mommy Bakes