So the word on the street is that last Saturday was International Women’s Day. We like that because we are really big fans of women. We may have a small bias here but we just think that women pretty much rule the world. We are capable of accomplishing so many large and earth shattering or small and subtle things with such strength, style, grace, and love. And we do it all day every day. So y’all make sure to take some time today and celebrate yourselves and other extraordinary women you know. And if you already did it on Saturday, then you should probably just go on and do it again because you deserve it.
Meanwhile we will be over here listening to Beyonce preach.
We really wish that we would have been able to get our Thanksgiving table decorated in time to show it to you all before the big day tomorrow. Alas, life intervened, and we did not. We apologize but I am happy to say that I have something entirely different for you and perhaps something even more lovely than a Thanksgiving table.
I am sure many of you could agree that things seem to be a little grim recently in the worlds of politics and international news, and in the media in general. It is certainly easy to get a little discouraged and come to believe that we are on the brink of total disaster. Of course it is also important to remember that in the documented history of the world, I think pretty much every generation had moments where they thought the sky would fall on them (Some maybe literally). For goodness sakes, people survived the black plague and while it may not be as bad as a change to your country’s healthcare system, it is pretty bad. (I joke, I joke.) The other day I read a very eloquent and hopeful letter written by author E.B. White, who also wrote the children’s stories Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. He wrote it in response to a man who had asked him his opinion on the desperate state of society. I thought I would share this with you guys today and give you some nice warm and fuzzies on the week that starts the holiday season.
Have you guys ever had periods in your life when you questioned the way you were doing things because it didn’t feel like you were quite getting the results you wanted? I have been feeling a bit like that lately. It is amazing how easy it is for a normally self confident individual to start to question themselves. I think it is because we live in a world that is so obsessed with comparison and competition. Last week in our yoga class, our instructor was talking with us about how important it is to be yourself. She was saying we must act in a way that is true to who we are. It came at the perfect time for me and it definitely gave me the boost I needed to help me keep my little choo choo train chugging up the hill. Then yesterday, I was catching up on Letters of Note, one of my most favorite websites, and I read a letter that I felt was expressing a similar message. It was a letter from Frank Sinatra to his daughter Nancy and I just loved it so I thought you might too.
Chicken — a thought.
Strange, but I feel the world we live in demands that we be turned out in a pattern which resembles, in fact, is a facsimile of itself. And those of us who roll with the punches, who grin, who dare to wear foolish clown faces, who defy the system — well, we do it, and bully for us! Of course, there are those who do not. And the reason I think is that, (and I say this with some sadness) those up-tight, locked in people who resent and despise us, who fear us, and are bewildered by us, will one day come to realize that we possess rare and magical secrets, and more — love. Therefore, I am beginning to think that a few, (I hope many) are wondering if maybe there might be value to a firefly, or an instant-long roman candle.
I am not sure why he wrote this letter to his daughter (whether it was on a whim or to help her through a hard time) but I have a feeling it might just have given her the little boost of confidence that she needed as well. Three cheers for awesome daddies.