1. Â I wish I owned stock in Trader Joe’s. Â I guess I’ll just have to settle for stocks from Trader Joe’s.
Gorgeous, aren’t they? Â But why on earth are they called “stocks”? Â Seriously, that’s the worst name for these flowers. Â It’s so heavy and uninspiring and it smacks of Puritan punishment. Â Who names flowers, anyway?
Oh well. Â As my homeboy Shakespeare wrote, What’s in a name? ….
2. Â Five years into this ride called Parenting, I’m learning that most things involving children don’t go quite the way you expect them to. Â This is certainly true Â of weekend plans and family portraits. Â It’s also true of grammar lessons.
Matthew is quite the little conversationalist now, with a very impressive vocabulary. Â At times, though, he’ll make a rogue grammatical error. Â The other day, he was telling our neighbors about his best friend at preschool, and how they make each other laugh. â€œHe bes really silly whenever he is with me,” Matthew said.
I went reflexively into English teacher mode and said, â€œHe is really silly whenever he is with me.”
â€œNo, Mommy,” said Matthew with mild exasperation. Â â€œHe’s not silly with you, he’s silly with me.”
I get an A for effort.
3. I’ve been reading such a marvelous book, which I recommend to anyone who is interested in deepening his/her prayer life. It’s Close to the Heart by Margaret Silf, and it’s one of the best prayer guides I’ve ever read. Â Silf has a wonderful writing style; she discusses something as ephemeral as prayer with all kinds of concrete juicy metaphors that really work. Â I always struggle with spiritual writing that is abstract and vague; when I read that kind of book, my mind skates easily over the words and then I get to the end of the chapter and think, â€œWait — what did I just read?” Â Silf’s writing is the opposite, so grounded in the physical world, so full of memorable stories and anecdotes (much like Christ’s parables, come to think of it). Â On nearly every page there is some analogy or description that arrests my attention and makes me go â€œWow.” It is taking me a long time to get through this book, and in this case, that’s very high praise. Â Â Great stuff.