Every mom should watch this (men may want to skip to take #2):
It’s a talk by author Katrina Kenison, reading from her book The Gift of an Ordinary Day. Not only did I like the talk, but I think it’s a very well done trailer. It definitely made me want to read the book.
As much as I enjoyed Mrs. Kenison’s video, I couldn’t help but ask: “Where’s the banana suit?”
By the way: I deserve an Academy Award for that one. On the surface my little 25-second talk might not seem impressive, but when you consider that I was delivering it WHILE LOOKING DIRECTLY AT SOMEONE WEARING A BANANA SUIT, it gets pretty amazing. And, yes, we do own it. When my husband said he thought it would be cool to have one, I asked, “But where would you wear it?!” He replied, “Where wouldn’t I wear it?”
I assure you that there is a lot — LOT — more that I could say on this topic (for example, the fact that people who commented to suggest that I make it a running theme endeared themselves to me forever; some might say that a stunt like that could get old, but the truly wise among us understand that the goodness of the banana suit knows no bounds). But since it’s Lent I’m trying to have no more than three banana-suit-related takes per post.
I finally watched the Oprah episode with the Dominican Sisters of Mary. I thought they did a fantastic job. Also, I realized that these sisters are from the same order as the nuns I met the day I was mysteriously locked out of the Adoration chapel (they have an Austin house). If you missed the show, you can watch clips here.
Someone asked me if any of the sisters I met were on the show. I hemmed and hawed, trying to avoid saying that I probably wouldn’t know because I am really bad with faces. Really, really bad. And especially that the sisters’ hair isn’t visible, I’m just toast.
It’s so bad that I had a guy confront me about it one time. I introduced myself to him, and when I extended my hand for a handshake, he recoiled and said, “Dude! This is the THIRD time we’ve met!” It also makes me an annoying person to watch movies with, because I’m always asking stuff like, “Wait…is that the guy who the heroine is in love with…or is that her brother?” Please tell me I’m not the only one with this problem.
I think I’ve looked through this Flickr photo stream about a thousand times. It’s pictures from a family of three who live in a 382-square-foot house. I love all the little notes on each photo that explain how they make it work (e.g. putting cushions on top of the coffee table so that it can double as seating).
This picture is my favorite. It’s a shot of the plastic folding table they use for dining space. The caption reads: “When we moved here, we made the commitment to entertain and bless others…despite the small space. Hospitality is FUN!” They live in a tiny space and are committed to hospitality? Show me your ways, sensei. (Thanks to Owlhaven for the link.)
I look forward to reading your posts!