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Say That Again Saturday

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”- Unknown

I wish I knew who spoke or wrote these words so I could give them credit. Anyone who has ever suffered from depression or loneliness knows this quote to be true. I think a new policy should be instated at the soul level (whoever is in charge of that, pay attention.) Everyone should be given a true friend at birth that will be a guaranteed BFF from childhood until the day they die. Totally accepting, validating, and seeing the best in us. So much can be accomplished when you have someone to remind you of how precious and good you really are.

Rejected. Then happy.

Recently, I submitted a few essays to a very cool organization that awards grants to writers who are also parents. Today I got word that I was not winning any of their awards, which made me sad. But then I got happy because their rejection caused me to say, “f*ck it” and share one of my application essays here rather than keep it tucked away in preparation for a book essays.

I am not giving up on that book of essays. It will be heartfelt, humorous, and poignant (says the author.)  Or, in the words of the very best jacket cover review quotes, it will be “Astonishing.”  That book of essays is still getting written. But it’s probably going to be more along the lines of the work I read at Listen to Your Mother. More poetic, like….while the essay I’m going to share here is more likely to make you laugh. (I hope.)

So next post, you will find Part 1 of my musings on my postpartum body as I tried fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes. It was written when little Wyatt was about 6 months old.  Enjoy.

Expanded tastes…

My son turned two a few days ago and has recently been wanting to hear new music.  When I turn on the ipod he screams “NEW ONE!! NEW ONE!!  This is deeply heartwarming to me and somewhat of a relief because though I love the children’s cd’s we listen to, I’m ready to listen to some kid-friendly grown-up music with him too.

His (& my) current favorites:

Grisman & Garcia
….I”m an old deadhead myself so this was a no-brainer.  Relatively mellow nightime music.

Not For Kids Only- Garcia & Grisman
…Traditional American folktunes.  Awesome if you don’t mind a little light cussing and a couple somewhat death-related lyrics. (Alot of traditional folktunes have somehwat melancholy or adult-related themes.  The ones selected for this cd are pretty tame.)

Guitar Lullaybe- Ricardo Cobo
…Best. Sleepy-time cd.  Ever.

Sesame Street: Best of Elmo
…OK, somewhat annoying voice but the song selection is good.

Summer Songs- Music Togther
…awesome cd we got from taking the class.

His  latest new interest:

Paul Simon
…any Paul Simon song puts a smile on my face and gets my boy dancing.  The best song in the world according to me (this month) is The Only Living Boy in New York.  Heart-filling.