Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just Be...

Every once in a while I write a post about how I get into Keeping Up With The Joneses mode. With so many blogs featuring so many great ideas posted by so many Moms it's easy to feel like you're doing well, nothing. Last week it finally occurred to me (I'm a tad slow on the uptake) that whatever you do, you do. Your activities don't have to match the Jones' activities. Some families take road trips. You don't have to. Some Moms knit beautiful sweaters or create cozy quilts. You don't have to (that's what Etsy is for!). Some Moms maintain the sweetest blogs (with eh hem, regular updates). You don't have to. But last week, we had an fall picnic in our own backyard followed by Pip and Sprout making homemade Halloween decorations in front of a roaring fire. We did that. You don't have to. Life is not really a checklist. Sometimes it's just better to go with the flow.

We are reading a number of page-turners at our house. Green Husband cannot put down Devil in the White City which details "murder and mayhem" during the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. This book came highly recommended from Green Nana, Green Husband's MIL.

Green Husband so kindly and so thoughtfully picked up Donald Hall's Unpacking the Boxes. I am just now realizing that I have quite the large collection of works by Donald Hall and his wife, Jane Kenyon, including their wonderful interview on PBS with Bill Moyers.

For those of you in the mood for an extremely moving and beautiful book meant for the tween and teen set, Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons is one of my new all time favorites.


Robin said...

Devil in the White City is one of my favorite books ever! But I always feel weird recommending it to people. "It's a great story! The true tale of the World Fair, the invention of the Ferris Wheel, and a brilliant serial killer!"

Dandy said...

I know this is terribly off-subject, but I saw on another website that you used a bottle connector for your kids' cyclone experiment. Where did you find one? My local classroom supply store doesn't even carry them. Please reply to


Anonymous said...

It's so easy to get stuck in the checklist mode and focusing on everyone else. It's good to step back and remember that we don't need to.

And you know it REALLY bugs me that for some reason your blog never shows as updated on my blogroll. It's blogger hosted, even. I don't get it. but I just thought I would share that small frustration.

Lori said...

i love sharon creech. her book "love that dog" is one of my all-time favorites. :^)