Little Elephant I owe you a letter and promise to write it this weekend. For today, I just want to say how much my heart and life are filled with joy. Despite the fact that you wake too early in the morning, I look forward to every day watching you grow, smile, talk nonstop, and become the intelligent, independent, brave, beautiful woman I know you will be.
Sitting at the top of the slide, she lifts her hands, scotches forward, yells “Release”, and slides down.
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Scene: We enter the house peacefully. Suddenly, in a fit, while tearing off her onesie.
Little Elephant: Mommy, mommy. Hurts! Hurts!
Me: What hurts!
Little Elephant: Duele! Mama. Duele! Hurts!
Now I am helping her tear of her clothes.
Me: What hurts? WHERE DOES IT HURT?
Little Elephant: Tummy! Hurts! Cracker!
Turns out, she was just hungry!
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Little Elephant: Mommy! Mommy! Harley!
Me: Do you want to pet Harley (the dog)
Little Elephant: Yes. Mommy. Harley!
She pets the dog. The dog licks her fingers.
Little Elephant: Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!
Me: Yes. Harley gave your hand a kiss. Doggies lick to give kisses.
Little Elephant: No! Fingers!
I stand corrected.
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She and her little friend are jumping on the trampoline. They have a ball, but he won’t throw it to her. All three parents are telling him to throw her the ball, but no. Every so often he bounces it off her head or back to pretend he is sharing. Finally all revved up, she looks him in the eye and yells “SHARE!!!!”
Hello! Someone (or someones) found my blog yesterday 49 times by googling the words” Where is Kazakhstan?” Just in case you didn’t figure it out, try to imagine the point on the map where China and Russia meet. That is Kazakhstan.
And, if that doesn’t give you enough of a mental picture, here are some actual pictures of Almaty.
Mendo Pozitiv means Think Positive Unity. It is also the name of a group of young people in Tirana who have come together to make urban art with a purpose. From what I gather, they do this all on their own time, with their own resources, from their own creativity, and without any official guidance/ clearance. They are responding to the nature of their city and making both beauty and a political or moral statement. So far, I think, they have done 6 installations in Tirana. According to their website:
Our mission is to create a group of positive people in Albania who will help each other and the community. We will give a positive example which the Albanian citizens should follow. We will give our contribution in improving the Albanian reality. The creation of this community will not be touched by political ideas and we will give our maximum to improve this reality. We will try to create a trusted voice for the Albanian people and we will try to improve our reality. On our first year we will try to create a just structure which will motivate. The rules and promises will be tested to see if they are efficient and realistic. Learning from our mistakes and dealing with the issues that may come up we will have this in mind when we publish them in 2013.
One of the things I love about their art is that it is fully documented. Them creating it. Them installing it. Them with it. Here is their installation “Share the Love“
In their blog they wrote:
The message was created in an old wall in Janos Hunyadi street near ‘’Tiki-bar’’ Tirana. The wall was covered with various writings and posters from political parties, which gave us a moral right to continue our work with this activity without a proper and legal permission. This is not a good act because we share this city and there are different directories which take care of it, but having seen these political parties , which are also some who should make sure the law and order is in place and how they have been ‘’decorating’’ our city with different writings and posters everywhere you look, we used this opportunity from this abnormal fact to decorate our city with art. But we decided to use recycled materials, easy to be removed and we are ready to return it to its previous conditions if someone decides that the city has problems with this.
Definitely check out the full blog post for all the pictures! Click here!
Have you heard about this new series over at Lesbian Family? Have you heard about the two cases the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing on marriage equality? Well, this series, every Wednesday at LesbianFamily.com addresses the importance protecting same sex couples through legal marriage and all the benefits that go with it!
They are inviting people everywhere to submit stories. Here is more information they posted on submitting:
We’re interested in your stories and your thoughts. We’d like to share your voices, your life experiences, as they answer any number of the following questions:
- Does legal recognition of your relationship matter to you? To what degree, and why?
- Did you find yourself feeling one way about legal recognition of your relationship before having kids, and another way after?
- What do your kids think about the issue–if indeed they do at all? Does what your kids think about legal relationship recognition have an impact on your beliefs?
- If you live in a state that has recently fought this battle at the ballot box or in the courts: what was your experience of that battle? If you had kids in your life during the battle, what was its impact on your kids?
- If you got legally married: tell us your story! How did it feel? If you had kids yet, did they come? And what did it mean to you as a family?
- If you’ve had a commitment ceremony before same-sex marriage was available, what significance has that event continued to have for you? For those who later married: how did the two events compare?
- If you’ve not been legally married: would you, if you could? Why? Or why not?
- For those of you active in or watchers of LGBT politics: what impact have you seen the marriage equality struggle have on the larger LGBT civil rights movement? Salutary, or distracting? Who do you think is driving this thing, and why? What other issues are being neglected as so much attention is on relationship recognition, and at what cost?
Clearly any one of those questions is enough. But we list them all to help pry the thoughts and stories out of you, even if you feel you may not have one. We’re especially interested in hearing from folks who feel that their viewpoint on the whole marriage equality issue is in the minority, or controversial, or overlooked, or disrespected, or misunderstood. It’s a complex issue, and we’ll only get at that complexity by telling our stories and listening carefully to them.
Submit your story, or a short (less than five minute) video, and we’ll include it in the series, which we’ll run weekly on Wednesdays up through the Supreme Court’s decision.