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Thursday, August 21, 2014

yesterday | little things Thursday ...

all my troubles seemed so far away 

 Do you ever get a melody in your head and one word can trigger it?  "Yesterday" by the Beatles is one for me.  We successfully, and another $150.00 in room "stuff" later, got Ryan moved into his dorm room. Easy! And now comes the hard part - him making it work, getting to classes, applying himself, being okay. I know he can do it. 

 and then there is Allyson 
over the next couple of days we will sort through all her "stuff" again, cut it down in half, pack the rest, and transport her 14 hours away. (Japan illustrated to us that less is more, and she can survive without the kitchen sink) Moving her is hard. But the rest comes a little easier for her. Not that it doesn't require great effort and determination on her part - but school has always been 'her thing'. 

 Yesterday just reinforced what we already knew - time doesn't wait for anyone, or anything.
It just keeps moving forward and sometimes you just have to place your faith in tomorrow.

 Allyson drew the pictures of herself winning a golf tournament and skating in 1996 - she was three years old (I helped with the coloring and wrote the titles as she explained them to me). Two years later she would take a bad fall at a skating party and swear off skating forever.  Around the same time she started playing with Pokemon cards and games and years later, discovered her love of Japan.

Oh yesterday came suddenly. 

linking up with:

 Little by Little

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

beginnings | black and white ...

"it all started with a mouse" 

today is it.
 the day we deliver our baby to college. 
the day we hope all comes together with getting him comfortably settled in. 
the day he starts to make his future. 

 it all starts so simple, but has endless potential 
you can be 'just' a mouse 
or oh, so much more 

linking up:

My Memory Art

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

landslide | song*ography ...

I've been afraid of changing 
'cause I've built my life around you 
but time makes you bolder 
even children get older 
and I'm getting older too 

by Fleetwood Mac 


They have been the what, the why, the how-come of my life.
I've been "Allyson's mom" or "Ryan's mom" for so long I pretty much generically answer to "mom".  
(which can be quite the challenge at Disney when every 2 seconds some kid, somewhere, calls out "mom".)
Granted, that won't change (ever) 
but seeing them both off to college over the next 7 days
has made me realize just how much I'm going to miss the daily "mom".

And wanta talk about how fast time flies,
it feels like just yesterday we took Allyson off to New England to start college.
This is her final year;
 a year filled with Wellesley tradition from her Senior Convocation at the beginning
to the infamous Hoop Run at the end.  
[if you're curious about Wellesley, while "Mona Lisa Smiles" with Julia Roberts is not completely accurate about the school, it does highlight some of their steadfast traditions
--- plus, it is a good movie.]

and, then there is kiddo #2 ...

even though Ryan is going to school considerably closer, 
he is still going to be living away from home,
figuring things out on his own, becoming more and more independent with every second,
and wow am I going to miss his company.
(this one and I have been buddies)

[and then there is this]

I'm getting older too


Great song!
[plus Fleetwood Mac was in their heyday with Rumors my first summer at college - circle of life.]

Linking up with

Monday, August 18, 2014

maleficent grf


(a little good, random, fun fact from our Disney vacation)
We (as in the entire family) have not seen Maleficent and had kind of banked on it playing at Downtown Disney during our visit for a non-park day movie.  I'm not sure what it says about the movie that it is not playing in it's own back yard.
But it definitely made a statement in the afternoon parade.
This float and costumed actors were quite impressive.

 linking up with Tamar at Random-osity 


Friday, August 15, 2014

here's looking at you kid ...

more and more people (including children) 
were using their tablets and monster sized smart phones to take pictures while at Disney. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

light | little things Thursday

Darkness seeps in 
into every crack, every crevice,
Darkness is like water and air,
It's everywhere 

everywhere there is light,
there is also darkness. 


Robin William's suicide this week has left me heartbroken.
Sad that someone, anyone, ever gets to the point
where the only light they can find in their darkest moment is the exit sign.  

Even as a former mental health social worker, I am at a loss as to what else can be done to prevent suicide.  There are hotlines.  There are outpatient/inpatient treatment centers.
But the double edge sword of mental illness is that it is never just one ailment,
but rather a combination: 
substance abuse combined with manic combined with bi-polar ...
- making it damn near impossible to get in front of 
- especially as a bystander, a family member, or even counselor.
I guess until there is some revelation in science all we can offer is
and awareness.
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance.

linking up with:

 Little by Little

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

black and white with a bang ...

all that glitters isn't gold

it just looks like it is 

linking up:

My Memory Art