Friday, September 19, 2014

Jodi Picoult, Larger Than Life- "In the wild, a mother elephant and her daughter will stay together until one or the other dies. But there is one exception: In a year when there are limited resources- a drought, say, or a herd that has grown too big to sustain feeding all its members in a given area- the matriarch may make the decision to split the group. She will lead some of the elephants off in one direction, and her daughter will lead the rest on another route. They are still family, but they know that being together will bring about high mortality for the herd, that there is a better chance of survival when they aren't competing for the same resources.
But things change. When the land blossoms and the rivers run flush again, the mother and daughter reunite. It's a celebration, a fanfare. There is trumpeting, roaring, touching, stroking. It's like they have never been apart."

Free Spirit

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today I walked you to class as usual, but it was a big day in the life of a first-grader. Today you were allowed to bring money to school to shop at the Reward Cart if you behaved well. As you walked up to class with your four quarters, proud as anything you saw your classmate crying. She had forgotten her money so you handed her two of your quarters. My heart almost exploded with pride right there, and I walked back to the car choked up at what a sweet soul you are. But that wasn't it. You got off the bus and ran through the door, calling for your sister to show her the frog you picked out for her. At which point I turned into a weeping mess, and told you I have never loved you more.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Of all the things I am proud of today, I am most proud of the way my boy looks at his daddy.