so much cooler than we ever were

My darling daughter,, who made me a Mima, is now the mother of a nine year old. I’ll pause for a moment and let that sink in for you all.

I might need more than just a moment though.

Hollie’s closest tween and teen friend, Kirstin, nailed it stating that she’s so much cooler than we ever were. Absolutely true for me as I literally was the most awkward, frizzy-ginger haired, coke bottles, skinny 9 year old ever in the 70s. I also was the only one who was still wearing dresses – ugh! Hollie and Kirstin, on the other hand, were a different kind of cool than this cool; the kind that wrote homework in gel pens and braved the early days of entering a Hot Topic store unsupervised. 

Accurate.

Hazel is so much cooler than even the coolest 90s tweens.

So cool that when she requests turquoise hair for her birthday swag, her mother delivers because she does indeed give good hair and is a cooler mom than I could ever be.

Happy birthday my dear Hazey-Face!

Anything is possible. Anything can be.

~ Shel Silverstein

millennial misconception

In the Be Careful What You Post On Social Media files this week we have Harvard rescinding acceptances for at least ten students for obscene memes and then we have poor, young Katie McHugh.  

Oh Katie, you poor thing, you! Fired for your social media activity.

Crazy! You, a young up and coming ultra-Right Wing journalist tweeting something wholly not true because history and the Irish Republican Army and The Troubles and being called out for that by the Twitterverse because obviously you weren’t paying attention in Modern World History. Of course you react with racist taunts; which seems to be the reason you were fired? I don’t know. Life comes at you pretty hard sometimes it seems and so you react with crowdfunding for monetary support.

Speaking as someone who once was as young as you, dear Katie, and was fired for saying things wholly wrong and inappropriate, I have to commend you on your youthful resourcefulness and BALLS seeking handouts to support you while you recover from being fired. It would be  easy to blame your entitlement on your millennial-ness because everyone knows it’s millennials and their want for all of the avocado toasts and the ruining of all the Applebees that is what is wrong with this world today – and you, Katie, are part of all of that. At least it might seem to be so to the old people.

Katie, I’m going to offer you a little bit of grace for your youth and lack of wisdom that is hard earned through life experience and try not to judge you as entitled – not too much. Girl, you need to just suck it up, learn from this sour life lesson and move on, up and out. We all do. It’s adulting, Katie. Something every generation has had to learn – the lazy, self-absorbed, slackers that were the Greatest, Boomers and Gen Xers.

Yes, all of us, ahem, old people have been there and have done that – thank god it wasn’t on social media.

No, really. Thank. God.

With millennials in the news like Katie it’s easy to assume much – and assume wrong.

Millennials are a generation that is very much about owning and controlling their destiny in a way that other generations haven’t been. Like most of us, millennials are happiest spending time with their family and friends. Salary isn’t everything: They value finding a sense of purpose in their work more than their income. Though they are arguably the most tech-savvy generation, they feel that human connection is the best way to keep in touch. Most importantly they value happiness.

Those 18-34 years olds? Most of them are nothing like those Katies. Thank goodness!

The kids, they’re okay. Maybe they are even more better than us all.

today is the perfect opportunity

It might seem that literally every day is a National Something Something Day. Surprise! Today is National Hug Your Cat Day!

I know, silly. But come on! In Ancient Egypt, cats were revered and even worshipped as symbols of grace and poise. National Hug Your Cat Day is the perfect opportunity to put you on a pedestal and thank you for all those times you have curled up next to me after a long night at work. Zelda, this is your moment. This is your day!

Walk away…

I mean it!

And then just twenty minutes later…

Yesterday dogs, today cats.

 

everyday is an adventure – they say

Allow me to introduce you to Kingston.

Kingston belongs to Hollie, Ben, Hazel and Fallon. Kingston is adorable. Kingston is smart. Kingston loves to dance. Kingston loves to hump – pillows, blankets, stuffed toys – anything that doesn’t move that he can wrap his front legs around, Kingston will hump it – All. The Time. Kingston is indeed adorable; but his sex addiction is not. So, because I love my kids and grandkids – and Kingston too –

He might be mad because he thought that ride in the Mima car meant an adventure. He might. Then again, he did crawl up into my lap right after I got this shot and soon after jumped into the Mima car imagining that a fun adventure awaited.

Oh, and he still humps anything that doesn’t move.

He’s a dog.

We shall file this under The Things I Will Do For MY Kids And Grandkids file. You’re welcome, kids! And you’re welcome, Bob Barker!

Nothing gives me quite so much joy as when people tell me they’ve had their pets spayed or neutered.
– Bob Barker

 

 

family night against humanity

When it’s family game night and your children gifted you with the biggest, blackest box and all the Cards against Humanity, you play.

And you try not to act too shocked when your once sweet, baby boy proves that he can nearly outplay the rest of us horrible people against humanity. He is, after all, his mother’s favorite son.

You might also get super annoyed while that one family member is taking forever to pick a card.

Perhaps a little impatient.

And if you are the one trying to select just the right card, you might not really care that everyone else is waiting for you – to pick a damn card already – because you will be the one to have picked the most perfect, horrible card against humanity.

We just might be horrible people; but we are the best together as family.

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.

~ Michael J. Fox