Ten years ago, I was cradling her in my hands beneath the warming lamp (she was only 5 pounds) in the nursery while she, connected to cables and monitors, waited for the pediatric EKG machine to arrive from the Children’s Hospital next door. It had been a hard landing. Labor all night followed by a … Continue reading “Beatrix at Ten”
teamtrixie: Hi. I am Beatrix Camille Gladhill Rhone, Duchess of Heckofalot, Potentate of Poop. I am not quite sure how I got here. As I remember it, one moment I was comfortable, the next, I was here. Mommy (The Princess) and Daddy (No official title that I can tell, but I suspect he is the … Continue reading “All Hail Beatrix, Duchess of Heckofalot”
Your kid is probably a better photographer than you. Plan the work, then work the plan. Give a stranger a compliment and their smile will give you the world. Tell the world where you are but not when you will return. Most of my strengths are creatively embraced weaknesses. Example: How I build websites. If … Continue reading “52 Things I Know At 52”
“Hey guys, I’m your mom! …Hey guys, I’m your mom! …Hey guys, I’m your mom!” — Beatrix, age 12, addressing her fish as she feeds them. “They have a three second memory. If I don’t keep saying it, they’ll forget.”
Last night, as we exited the freeway there was a homeless person at the side of the exit. Beatrix, age 12, insisted I roll down her window so she could give him a granola bar she’d brought for a snack but had not yet eaten. He seemed truly grateful for this act of kindness by … Continue reading “Doing other people’s kindness…”
Beatrix, age 12, has requested I put together a playlist of “old timey” music for us to listen to in the car — “like, Billy Joel and Journey and Queen. Making me feel simultaneously both old and proud.
“That took us like 2 minutes. Why do people say they are too busy? That’s just stupid.” — Beatrix, age 12, on voting.
“If I was the richest person on earth I’d give a bit of money to everyone in the world, even if it meant it would make me poor.” — Beatrix, age 12, rich in wisdom and compassion. Reminder, you can vote for her for President in 23 years.
Today is Beatrix’s birthday. She shall henceforth for the coming year be referred to as Beatrix, age 12. Official celebrations were held yesterday. In lieu of gifts, she requests that the adults in the room preserve her democracy and save her planet.
“I know her. She does my favorite Cake in a Mug recipe on YouTube. But, she’s all like ‘It’s so easy..’ and ‘All you have to do is..’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, except spend a bunch of time after washing the mug and utensils!’ — Beatrix, age 11 watching The Pioneer Woman