Today’s Paraprosdokian

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A bus station is where a bus stops.

A train station is where a train stops.

On my desk, I have a work station.

Today?  My desk is a work station.

[A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the second part of a sentence is unexpected in a way that gives one pause and causes one to re-frame the first part of the sentence.]

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The Things I Thought I Wanted: 64 Crayons with a Sharpener

crayola-crayonsWhen I was going to school, I soooooooooo wanted the big box of Crayolas with the built-in sharpener in the back.

As a rule, coming from a big family of small means, we would instead receive a box of 16 or 24 at the beginning of the school year . . . never the coveted 64.  I don’t think my parents could have ever known how much I wanted the built-in sharpener feature, as I didn’t feel comfortable pointing out that I had less than what I wanted.  I know now, looking back with the eyes and heart of an adult, that my parents were swamped by life’s demands and obligations and were doing the absolute best that they could.  They were pretty amazing magicians when it came to keeping everything at home afloat.

I do recall the school year (I was in 5th grade) when my dad gave me a box of 48 crayons . . . the Crayola box that was square and fat and just so jammed with color goodness . . . and I felt like a princess receiving those crayons.  I dearly hope that I thanked him in a manner that reflected my appreciation, but I simply can’t remember.

It’s weird how the memory works.  I want (hope) to believe that I thanked my parents throughout my childhood repeatedly for these childhood essentials . . . but I’m not sure that I did.  Now that I can no longer tell them directly, I want to tell them now.  I want to thank them for what they did for all of us . . . demanding that we take advantage of the opportunity to learn and get a good education and also that we learn to play a musical instrument when young.  Me?  My father was a big fan of Benny Goodman and chose the clarinet as my instrument-of-his-choice.

There were other gifts that came in the form of life lessons: My father used to tell us that if we are mean to someone, we will have to reckon with that same person again at some point in the future so we might as well try to get along.  My mother used to laugh at the darn-dest things . . . things that didn’t seem funny to me as a child . . . but now?  I can see how she tried to find humor in the oddest of circumstances.  She chose to laugh when I now realize that she probably wanted to cry.

All of these life gifts from my parents that definitely surpass and outshine a box of 64 crayons.  My life now?  My art supply cupboard is full of paints and brushes, gesso and gel, colored pencils and crayons, markers and Sharpies.  Truth, I have all of the art supplies I could dream to have.  And as for crayons, I keep a jar of 8 crayons (this particular box of crayons being a gift from a loved one . . . thanks AW!) in the kitchen to have at the ready for doodling away that waiting-for-the-water-to-boil time.

And I now know why I have those crayons out and why that box of 8 meant so much to me recently when I received it.  It brought back all of those brand-new-school-year memories of knowing that my parents had so little resource to prepare us for the year ahead . . . and yet they made it all work out year after year.

. . . that they somehow prepared me for this thing called Life when I didn’t even realize that is what they were doing at the time.  It felt so fraught with randomness and chaos growing up, but maybe there was more of a plan in place that I just couldn’t see.  Maybe they, themselves, didn’t know it either.  Call it parenting, call it family, call it surviving.  I don’t know.  I do know that they prepared me to appreciate the finer things in life like receiving a box of 8 crayons and feeling like I am loved, heard, and blessed.

Your choice. Choose you.

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Greetings, lovelies.  Today is a great day to Choose You.  

  1. Grab that key.
  2. If you can’t find the key, teach yourself how to pick a lock.
  3. Open the lock and swing the doors wide open.  You might be surprised to discover that you have actually, all this time, been the one who has been locked inside — not the other way around, with all this time thinking that your dreams are the ones that have been locked up and inaccessible.
  4. Step outside into the world of possibility and let your hair flow in the fresh breeze.
  5. Open your arms and embrace the many opportunities that are all around you.
  6. There are so many that are designed especially for you.  For you.  Believe.
  7. Step forth and choose.  You only have to choose one to make a difference in today.  Like choosing a puppy from a darling litter of adorable choices, pick the one that picks you.
  8. Nurture your choice.  Let it know that it is loved.  Feed it, water it, walk it, clean up after it.
  9. Groom your choice.  Brush it, bathe it, pick the sticks and burrs that get stuck when it is out running around and exploring.
  10. An opportunity is a choice.  You are worth the time and care that making the choice to choose you requires to nurture it.  Love who you are.  Believe in yourself.  Choose well.

Tend your Believe.

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How to germinate hope:

  1. Select your seeds.
  2. Prepare your soil.  Make it rich.
  3. Learn about the ideal growing conditions for your seeds.
  4. Create this ideal environment. 
  5. Plant your seeds.
  6. Water your seeds regularly.
  7. Keep your seeds warm to aid in germination.
  8. Move your seeds to natural light once they have sprouted.
  9. Maintain and watch your sprouted plants.
  10. Harden off your growing plants and get them used to fluctuating conditions.
  11. Transplant your seedlings outdoors.
  12. Enjoy the growing process.
  13. Tend your Believe.  Believe in yourself.

Here are some inspiring videos for you . . . from sunflowers dancing to jazz . . . to monarch butterflies making their entry into the world . . . to inspiring words that dare us to be great . . . take some time today to be inspired and then start planting.

This is so cool.  Sunflowers feeling the beat . . .

It’s Dance-Like-a-Dork Saturday!

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Hello, Lovelies!  Here is your Saturday dance music to get your groove grooving.  And not wanting to disappoint, I have chosen videos that will guarantee some good laughs, too.  When I watched these videos, I was helplessly laughing out loud.  You’ve got to love some Tom Jones.  And I am thinking that this is where Napoleon Dynamite likely got some inspiration for his moves.  This is the kind of thing where you want someone to make it stop, yet you are riveted at the same time.

If you can take your eyes away from Tom’s dance moves, than start to bust a move yourself.  Or better yet, try to imitate him as he shakes his thang.  And make sure that you scroll down to catch the Soul Train dancers.  Simply fantastic and sure to get you moving.

One thing I will say: Tom Jones was an amazing performer and had a fantastic singing voice.  His dancing?  I’m just going to say that he knew how to express joy with his dance moves!

The filming on this one is rough, but it’s well worth watching . . . you will see what I mean.  It’s awesome!

This second video is just so good . . . the filming is much better and Tom really starts to bust a move at about 1:30.  This is nothing short of hilarious (in all of the good ways of joy-filled hilarity).

You’ve got to love this guy’s energy!  I want to bottle it and imbibe it!

Okay . . . I need to end on an even higher note here.  You aren’t going to be able to stay still after watching these Soul Train dancers!  I can see you now checking out the newspaper’s entertainment weekly for dance venues for tonight.

Everything about this . . . the music, the clothes, and the dance moves are the best!  So beautiful!  After watching this, I reallyreallyreally want to go dancing!

Go forth and make today a great dancing day.  

Listen to the music and shake your thang!

 

Love & Eggs

It’s always good to keep it fresh.

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  • Tell someone you love them today.
  • Write a quick note to tell them.
  • Call or text to remind them of a story that the two of you share.
  • Journal about a day that made you feel truly happy with a friend or loved one.
  • Be kind and loving to your own self.   When you take the time to appreciate you, you have that much more to share with others.