Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In the Presence of Greatness 20/31 #SOL18

Ever have a moment when you knew you were present for something truly special and magical?  A time when you knew you were around good people doing great things?  I had a moment like that tonight.

I was attending a book launch for a picture book titled, Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination, written by the race director for the Boston Marathon, Dave McGillivray, and a local teacher named Nancy Feehrer.   The book launch was a great event.  There was good food, drinks, people socializing, goodie bags with cookies from Mike's Pastry, and the event itself was at Tresca, Ray Bourque's restaurant and Ray was there to snap photos with everyone and support the event.  A lot of amazing experiences, but none of those experiences were anything compared to the special moment that happened in the middle of the event.

Dave spoke to the crowd and said some heartfelt things.  Such as, he said, "We need to be training people emotionally just as much as we are training people physically.  We need to learn how to persevere."  Wow.  Yes, train people emotionally.  That is what our world needs right now.  His talk was powerful and made me stop and think, but that was still not the most special moment of the night.

That moment came when Dave explained how he had recently completed the World Marathon Challenge.  The one where you run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.  Yes.  You read that correct.  Don't believe me?  Google it.  Crazy to think about what this man did.  But even his describing his commitment to that was not the moment that I am referring to.

The moment when I knew I was in the presence of greatness, of true good, of amazing kindness.  That came when Dave handed all 7 of his medals from 7 different continents to my friend.  The friend whose sons the book is dedicated to.  The friend whose one son is in Heaven.  He passed away when he was six years old due to a rare genetic heart condition.  The friend whose other son, an unbelievable 4 year old, just had a heart transplant a month ago.  A heart transplant.  Dave gave his medals to my friend's 4 year old son.

I am still in awe of that brief exchange.  I was lucky enough to be in the presence of greatness tonight, of great and kind people.  A night like tonight gives me hope for the future.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Interview 19/31 #SOL18

I was lucky enough to spend my evening in a public interview.  But I felt like I was interviewing the crowd just as they were interviewing me.  And my passion for my job came through loud and clear.  Here's a short poem that sums up my experience tonight:


Permeates the room
You hear me
I hear you

Pumped up
And ready to jump in
You listen
I learn
I listen
You learn

Feel the vibe
Agreements in audience
Seeing me, the real me.

This is my why.
This moment
I am all in

Are you?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Before That... 18/31 #SOL18

Right now, I just climbed into bed after a long birthday day.

Before that...I was cleaning up the house before the cleaning ladies come tomorrow. (Why does that always happen?)
Before that...I was sitting on the couch watching The Walking Dead with my husband. Yes, I am addicted to it.
Before that...I was lying down with my daughter, trying to get her to go to sleep.
Before that...we had chocolate cake with my in-laws.
Before that...my daughter helped me blow out the candles after I made a wish and after the family sang "Happy Birthday" to me.
Before that...we drove home from the restaurant.
Before that...we enjoyed a delicious meal at The Sole Proprietor.  We all had seafood, while Emerson had mac-n-cheese of course.
Before that...we had to wake Em up from her nap so that we could get to the restaurant on time.
Before that...While Emerson napped, I did some writing.
Before that...My husband had to attend a wake, and Emerson and I went to get a pedicure together.
Before that...We dropped daddy off at the house.
Before that...Emerson ate part of the chocolate bar that the Easter bunny gave her.
Before that...We waited in a very long line, the first part was outside in the cold!, to see the Easter bunny and snap pictures for about 2 minutes.
Before that...I treated myself to a shampoo and blow dry, always love when someone else styles my hair.
Before that...I took a shower.
Before that...While we were Facetiming with my sister and her family in VA, my husband told me about my birthday present...tickets to see Bruno Mars in September!
Before that...I sat on the couch with Emerson sipping my tea while she ate cinnamon waffles and watched Barbie Dreamhouse.
Before that...Emerson had to have a timeout on the stairs.  She spent several minutes screaming and crying at the top of her lungs.  She was mad that we did not have anymore Mickey Mouse waffles or cinnamon rolls.
Before that...Emerson opened the birthday card that my husband left for me on the kitchen counter.
Before that...Emerson and I came downstairs.
Before that...Emerson climbed into bed with us and reminded me it was my birthday.
Before that...I was sleeping in my bed, trying to ignore that the dogs needed to go outside.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Back seat driver 17/31 #SOL18

Driving home after an evening of St. Patrick's Day celebrating, dancing, singing, and even some Irish step dancing, I am tired but glad that we enjoyed time with with family and friends.

"Are we lost?" Emerson asked from the back seat.

"No, we're not lost," I replied with a laugh.

"It looks like we are lost," she responded.

Seriously, this kid is something else.

Turning onto our street (We live on a circle.)...

As we pull into the driveway, Emerson whines, "But I wanted to go the other way to get here!"

"Well we will go that way another time," I said calmly.

"You don't like going the way I like to go.  That's not fair.  I wanted to go the other way!"  And now that we are home, it's tears and tantruming time.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  It was fun while it lasted.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lucky 16/31 #SOL18

I am one lucky lady.  St. Patrick's Day is just about to start, but I feel like I already had some luck today.  How did I get to start this day before St. Patrick's Day?  Well, I had a group of 3rd and 4th graders in the office this morning.  They were singing the song "I'm a Believer" from Shrek since that's the musical being performed this weekend.  They did an amazing job singing the song, then they listened to the recorded announcements.  One of the last things they heard was the announcement that my birthday was happening over the weekend.

Suddenly, I was being serenaded.  This smily group of 9 and 10 year olds was singing "Happy Birthday" to me.  And then when the song ended...they surrounded me and gave me a gigantic group hug.

I love starting my day that way, and ending my day remembering moments like that.

I am one lucky lady.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bedtime Books 15/31 #SOL18

Typically I read a book or two to my daughter before bedtime.  We cycle through some favorites or I add new ones into the mix.  She can recite No, David! with her eyes closed and loves a new bookstore find, Emerson Barks.  I was a little caught off guard when last night she took the book from my hands and told me she would read to me.

The board book was part of a set of books given to me at my baby shower before she was even born.  She just discovered Alice from Alice in Wonderland and we have a board book that is all about colors with characters from Alice in Wonderland.

Her little hands turned the pages.  She even pointed to the color words on the one side of each page.  She looked at the pictures to make sure she was saying the write color and item.  When we got to the caterpillar page, she lowered her voice and read the caterpillar's speech bubble of "whoooo are you" with amazing expression.  And only needed help with one page since she still doesn't quite know the difference between the colors brown and black.

When we came to the end, she closed the book, and I excitedly cheered, "You read the book!"

Did she actually "read"?  Ok, technically not, but this was one proud mama that night.  She had made the decision to read to me.  So happy that I am raising a reader.  But glad that the next night she wanted me to be the one to read to her.  After all, I don't want her growing up too fast.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This is Emerson 14/31 #SOL18

So not only do I also love the show "This is Us", but I also love Stacey Shubitz's posts so I was inspired by her to create a "This is Emerson" (at 3 years old).  I too want to remember my wild girl exactly how she is right now in this moment!

1. Describes cold weather as "weary chillery"
    instead of "very chilly" and uses the word "alsoly"  
    when she wants to say "also."
2. Has taken to jumping from a stool onto her
    trampoline (while 'alsoly' giving her mama a heart
3. Will ask me "is this a good idea?" usually while
    doing something that is not a good idea.
4. Sees someone doing something dangerous and
    will say "that's dangerous, like jumping off a
    waterfall" because her daddy told her that when  
    Pocahontas does that in the movie it's dangerous.
5. Loves to take care of babies, usually 5 or so at a
    time, swaddling them, feeding them bubbas, and
    changing their diapers.
6. Loves playgrounds and points them out whenever
    we drive by them.
7. Has a crazy good memory and while riding in the
    backseat will point out places like where we
    bought our new car, where daddy got his tires for
    his car, the street where grandma lives, and of
    course, where Target is!
8. Wants to help cook and bake and will bring her stool into the kitchen and stir and measure and
9. Will break out into song, while wandering through the house or the grocery store, and her
    selections range from "A Whole New World" to "Let It Go" to "Blackbird."  The last one is my
10. Loves ice cream and will sometimes wake up in the morning and request it.  Now she will at least
     say, "We don't eat ice cream in the morning when it's dark, right mommy?"
And a bonus one...
11. Currently loves the movie Willy Wonka, both "the old one" and "the new one."