Monday, December 29, 2008


Your burgeoning interest in photography is a beautiful thing, and your slide show warmed the wintry barn. It documented only the happiest parts of us.

You're close enough to fit, but different enough that you can't.

Thanks for reminding me that I blog, Nance. Not sure what happened.

Over the past week I've spent some time with my family- my bigger family. There was a lot of goodness and fun in those moments.

Family members, like no one else, have the power and ability to inflict doubt and pain. It's a power that should be harnessed for good, not evil.

I know I'm not alone when I recount my mother raising us to the repeating mantra: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Does that bring up an internal struggle for you? Are we teaching the Punks to subdue their thoughts and opinions or are we teaching them to be thoughtful and kind when communicating?

What do you think? And how've you been?


naswanson said...

Our nephew (6), upon opening a gift which was something he already had, said, "It's okay, Mom." Then he proceeded to open the box and add it to his collection. She was relieved that he was so gracious and kind.

catnip said...

I grew up with that too. It think it's good to teach kids to choose their words carefully. It's too easy to spurt out hurtful things that can't be taken back and I think it's good for them to learn that young.

Glad you're back. :)