lately i’ve been glaring into mirrors
picking myself apart
you’d think at my age i’d of thought
of something better to do
than making insecurity into a full-time job
making insecurity into an art
i fear my life will be over
and i will have never lived it unfettered
always glaring into mirrors
mad i don’t look better
but now here’s this tiny baby
and they say she looks just like me
and she is smiling at me
with that present/infant glee
and i would defend
to the ends of the earth
her perfect right to be
so i’m beginning to see some problems
with the ongoing work of my mind
and i’ve got myself a new mantra
it says: “don’t forget to have a good time”
don’t let the sellers of stuff
to rob you of your grace
love is all over the place
there’s nothing wrong with your face
love is all over the place
Parks and I took advantage of some FREE fun in Plano today. They had an arts festival for kids age 3-12. They had all kinds of crafts set up at tables around the room and the kids could just choose what they wanted to make to take home. He took home a hat, a painted pin, a new tattoo, and he even wanted to take his picture with the duck, which totally surprised me. He usually gets really timid, but he walked right up to him and shook “his” hand. They had hearts that the kids could put their hand print on that were labeled Love, Faith, Hope, and Friendship and he chose Friendship! Cute, right? He does indeed love his friends, and is such a little hugger at school. He’s our little loverboy………
I added more photos to Parks’s Flickr collection today. He took a few at Nanna and Poppa’s house a couple of weeks ago, and there were 2 others leftover in the camera that he had taken in New Orleans. One included the carpet in our hotel that he thought looked just like a tattoo. My mom was so proud! Unfortunately I can’t blame that one on preschool.
The others are just funny ones he took at home. I’ve never thought to put my camera on the floor and take photos that way. Sure does open up some possibilities………..
You can check out his new set here.
We took off to New Orleans the second weekend in December to give Parks a taste of the city. Our former high school had made the state championships, so our whole family, and the city for that matter was heading to the Superdome for the game that weekend. (Yes, we are true Southerners at heart.)
On our last visit to New Orleans, I was pregnant with Parks, so we have been itching to go back. Parks had a great time just seeing all of the crazy stuff you see in the city. Everything was decorated for the holidays, so he LOVED that! The music, the mimes, the horses, the lights, and of course those crazy acrobats that perform in front of Jackson Square are amazing! We were glad we caught those guys until we got back to the hotel and he was doing his own style of breakdancing tricks. That kid cracks us up!
My folks took their first trolley ride with us down St. Charles and we forced them to walk a bit and explore the Garden District. We walked to Tulane University to see a campus store I had read about online and just took in all of the beautiful homes and old growth in that area.
The game turned out to be a downer, they lost, but oh well, for us that was just a side note! We had our best meal ever again at The Redfish Grill and had beignets at our fave place, Cafe Beignet.
We are glad that Katrina didn’t keep these restaurants and some of our old favorites from surviving even though I am quite aware New Orleans will never be the same again. You just had to look at a couple of shops before seeing all of the new mottos: Defend New Orleans, Rebuild New Orleans, Be Nice or Leave, Make Levees Not War………….. We sure hope this city fights for its life and lives on forever. I know there is a special place in our hearts for this city that I just can’t explain. So we’ll just keep visiting and loving it, letting it be a constant presence in our lives………….
Check out the photos of our visit here.