While taking his nightly shower, we heard Garrett singing his heart out.
We didn't quite recognize the tune...so Gerard
snuck up closer to hear the melody better.
The composition was an original with quite a clever chorus line:
if it fits;
See if it fits.
And if it does,
we win the National Championship.
We are the Cinderella team.
Garrett even shared us his dance moves - picture if you will, the movement of putting on a shoe...a glass shoe that
At a local garage sale a few years back, I discovered a classic book: "Perfect Girlhood, Vital Information for Young
Girls." I purchased it because its copy-writed 1913...I keep it because of the absurdity of its information. If this
book truly reflected the acceptable behavior and expectations of young women of the time, it is amazing our gender has progressed
Take for instance, this excerpt: "By keeping the mind pure and never abusing these [sexual] organs you
will develop a healthy and perfect body, a bright and cheerful mind, a charming, winning personality, and live to be useful
Here is what happens to bad girls (or "daring" as the book calls them): "Such girls
will grow up to be weak, puny women and suffer from dyspepsia, consumption and nervous troubles." The book goes on to
share that these girls have "gloomy, despondent, discouraged state of mind[s]. One does not longer enjoy life. Because
of this mental state many commit suicide."
What horrible, scarring words to share with young women! I can't help
but think though, how this philosophy and teaching from 100 years ago continues to impact us today. Makes me shudder.
As my overtired child settles in for the night, he does everything possible to delay the inevitable dreamland. He's so
worried he might miss out on something important. In fact, he despises going to sleep so badly that he has on occasion, told
us that he "hates the guy who invented sleeping."
Tonight, in his last attempt to stall, he calls outs from
"Yes, Garrett," said the somewhat perturbed, about-to-lose-his-patience father.
do you like better? Gross Memorial Coliseum or Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City?"
It's at this point I gently
remind my husband the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...