I stole this image from my cousin’s Facebook page.
She was encouraging her children not to feel the need to follow what everyone else is doing — to strike out on their own.
I couldn’t agree more.
But here’s another thing to keep in mind — not only do we see the lone bird first, it’s far easier to take a shot at him. So if you take a different route, be prepared to defend your choice.
(Don’t worry — it’s totally worth it.)
Posted in Animals, Children, Commentary, Family, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged animals, birds, children, commentary, defend your choices, do your own thing, Facebook, family, follow your own path, Humor, individuality, life, philosophy, Relationships
I finally put up my Christmas decorations today.
Just made it under the wire.
I’m not usually this tardy. But a slew of business travel in December left me only two days to prep the apartment for the holidays.
My Christmas decor is much like my day-to-day — contemporary, with graphic patterns and solid colors. But there are a couple of pieces from my childhood that still make the cut.
One is a vintage tabletop sleigh complete with Santa, elf, reindeer and — best of all — a sack of toys with real toys inside. They are teeny tiny things, probably saved from Cracker Jack prizes (back when they were actually cool) and party favors.
We always loved knowing that there was real loot in that tiny bag. But we weren’t surprised…
Santa — even the tabletop variety — always comes through.
Posted in Children, Christmas, Design, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged business travel, children, Christmas, Christmas decorations, contemporary decor, Cracker Jack prizes, elf, holidays, loot, make the cut, party favors, reindeer, Santa's sack, Santa's sleigh, tabletop, toys, vintage
Emma, I have seen your future, and you are a success!
Let me explain.
My brother recently posted this picture of his granddaughter Emma sporting reindeer antlers at her school’s Christmas concert. Her holiday headgear and mischievous smile reveal a lot — a fun-loving, entertaining youngest child.
No, I’m not talking about me (although as the baby of the family, I have been known to grab the spotlight from time to time). I mean Emma’s actual doppelganger.
I’ve met her.
This is Stacey.
She’s an MBA candidate at the Boston University School of Management. And when I showed her Emma’s photo, she was quick to agree that the two were kindred spirits.
Emma, you are in excellent company.
Posted in Children, College, dreams, Education, Family, Friends, Holiday, Humor, Life, Relationships
Tagged baby of the family, back to the future, children, Christmas concert, college, doppelganger, education, good company, grab the spotlight, holiday headgear, holidays, Humor, kindred spirits, life, reindeer antlers, relationship, youngest child
I’m pretty excited about the Royal Baby.
I like Kate. I like William, too. And I just know that baby is gonna be a charmer.
Even if he/she is giving his/her mom a serious case of morning sickness right now — bad enough to send her to the hospital, no less.
But what fun it will be once that baby makes an appearance! I can already imagine the photos of him/her, rolling around on the lawn with their cocker spaniel Lupo.
The only possible negative?
Any celebrities birthing babies around the same time. Sorry, folks — the Royal Baby is gonna steal the spotlight on both sides of the drink.
Posted in Celebrities, Children, Commentary, Humor, Life, News
Tagged babies, celebrities, children, cocker spaniel, commentary, Humor, Kate Middleton pregnant, life, Lupo, morning sickness, news, prince, princess, Royal Baby, steal the spotlight, William and Kate
I saw Snuffles twin at Rockefeller Center today.
Well, perhaps ancestor is the better word.
That’s Snuffles on the left — on the right, the brand spanking new version from Gund. I saw a little girl carrying him in a shopping bag near the ice rink. She had ‘adopted’ him from the Central Park Zoo.
What a difference two decades can make.
The newer version is obviously fluffier and puffier and whiter, his ears a bit perkier, his eyes shiny and direct. But his mouth is stitched down flat, whereas my Snuffles smile is a moveable thread…so he can smile, frown, smirk, pout — whatever he’s feeling that day.
I mean, look at that face — so expressive.
But I’m sure after ten years or so, that new Gund bear will start showing some personality, too.
Posted in Animals, Children, Humor, Life, Relationships, Toys
Tagged bear, Central Park Zoo, children, face facts, Gund, ice rink, Rockefeller Center, Snuffles, stuffed animal, toys
So, I was waiting to board my flight home at O’Hare today when I witnessed this little scene in the gate area:
A kind-looking woman in her 60′s complimented a young boy of 4 or 5 on his cap. It was a mustard yellow corduroy, a twin of the hat his father was wearing.
But he just stared at her.
She said a few more words, smiling, encouraging him to interact. Nothing. And all I could think was — we have taught kids today to be so wary of strangers, he was too frightened to even say ‘thank you’ to an innocent compliment.
A few minutes later, the woman left the area. And the little boy’s father leaned over and started talking to him…and whatever he said, it certainly wasn’t English.
Huh. I guess not speaking the language could be a reason, too.
Posted in Airplanes, Children, Humor, Life, Relationships, Travel
Tagged airplanes, airports, children, communication, gate area, Humor, life, O'Hare airport, Relationships, stranger danger, Travel
This blog post is dedicated to today’s Twitter trending topic of the same name:
I like the challenge of summing up my thoughts in just three words.
And today it is especially easy…
Full of candy *
* The trick-or-treaters can’t get through the double lock security in my lobby; what am I to do? (And that’s more than three words.)
What are your #3Words?
Posted in Children, Foods, Humor, Internet
Tagged #3Words, blog, candy, children, food, Halloween, holidays, Humor, Internet, just three words, one two three, Twitter, Twitter feed
Is this a simple cardboard box….
…or a Hall of Famer?
The cardboard box earned a spot in the Toy Hall of Fame in 2005 — a recognition of the ‘gateway to the imagination’ it provides to children everywhere.
Who can argue with that?
But I have to feel sorry for the toys — real toys, that is — that didn’t made the cut, and have to face the fact that a paper box beat them out. And if that isn’t enough salt in the wound…
Cardboard was invented in China.
Posted in Children, Design, Family, History, Humor, Life, Toys
Tagged cardboard, cardboard box, children, china, design, Humor, imagination, life, paper cut, Toy Hall of Fame, toys
If you were looking for me today, you just had to follow the line.
It stretched all the way from Stoopher & Boots at 79th and Amsterdam, around the corner, and back to Columbus.
I was at the end of that line, but all the kids and moms and dads weren’t waiting to see me.
Dance Moms was in the house.
Mom Melissa and dancer daughters Maddie and Mackenzie made an appearance to help raise money for the Starlight Foundation. For over eight hours, they signed autographs, took pictures and chatted with adoring — sometimes crying, they were so excited – fans.
I was helping out in the store, but — full disclosure — I watch Dance Moms, too. And I thoroughly enjoyed having a front row seat for all the excitement.
Wonder if they are as tired as I am?
Posted in Celebrities, Children, dancing, Entertainment, Humor, Life, Shopping, Television, TV
Tagged autographs, celebrities, dance, Dance Moms, entertainment, follow the crowd, front row seat, Humor, life, Mackenzie Ziegler, Maddie Ziegler, Melissa Ziegler, New York City, shopping, Starlight Foundation, Stoopher & Boots, Television, TV, Upper West Side
Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer?
As the US Open Tennis Tournament begins at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing tomorrow — and Rafa Nadal is out due to injury — the rivalry is back in the forefront.
Not to discredit Andy Murray’s gold medal at the Summer Olympics…but still –
Novak or Roger?
This video answers that question for me.
Who can be one of the greatest tennis players of all time and still have fun? Put on a good show for the kids assembled at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day? Not take himself — or his celebrity — too seriously?
I’d support that guy any day.
Posted in Celebrities, Children, Commentary, Entertainment, Life, Sports
Tagged Andy Murray, Arthur Ashe Kids Day, Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, celebrities, children, commentary, Flushing New York, gold medal, greatest tennis player, life, New York City, Novak Djokovic, Olympics, Rafa Nadal, rivalry, Roger Federer, Sports, tennis, US Open