Saturday, August 29, 2009

bittersweet

Yesterday the boys and I met up with a friend who lives in our old neighborhood (we moved a year and a half ago). I was surprised and saddened a bit to see that neither of them remembered the park where we spent hundreds of hours, or the coffee shop where we ate far too many cupcakes. When Cal was a newborn and I wasn't sleeping much, I'd eat one almost every afternoon - the sugar gave me a huge, albeit temporary, burst of energy.

I found this piece about the mother and daughter behind the Little House stories very interesting.

RIP Senator Ted Kennedy. I found the speeches by Teddy Jr. and our President at his funeral inspiring, leaving me thinking about how I can do better.

15 comments:

KPiep said...

I was actually very fortunate to have taken a class in college (MU!) with William Holz on children's literature - in which we studied the Little House books and the Narnia books. (His daughter would later be my Chaucer teacher!) It was a fascinating class, although what I remember most was that he pointed out that Laura fell in love with the horses...and not with Manly. (It was a tough semester as my beloved Grampa died very suddenly that spring, and I regret that I wasn't able to be more fully present for such a brilliant professor. I later had him for 18th century lit, and Holz really was exactly what you hope and believe English profs are.)

I do also remember being shocked when he told us of Rose's involvement with the books. I haven't read his book - prefering to leave much of my own mythology intact - but I do find my adult heart aching for a mother and daughter who never understood each other. It also breaks my heart to know the truth of Laura's grown up life was so horridly difficult when her books leave one feeling so very optimistic.

I actually just reread the entire series (will be blogging on it soon as part of the story of my history and creative inspirations), and am glad that however they were created those books exist.

Kwana said...

Have a lovely week to end the summer.

annechovie said...

Those cupcakes are making me very hungry! I hope you have a wonderful last hurrah, Lecia!

nicola said...

have a wonderful little get-away! true to this time of year in our climate, summer heat ("indian summer") burst upon us on the first day of school. wishing we had a few more days to adventure together before the weather fades to cool rain.

it is sad how quickly our little ones change.

nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Jess said...

Thanks for the link about the Wilder women. What a fascinating family history.
And, I wish I could have one of those cupcakes. They look divine.
Hope you have a great weekend too!

likeschocolate said...

That is so not nice of you to tell us where we can find those yummy cup cakes. Currently my favorite cupcakes in Seattle are at Pasta and Company at U Village. The chocolate are divine, but that might change the next time I come to Seattle if I can find these cupcakes. Is it in Madison Park?

Ina in Alaska said...

Oh I totally related to Jo's British family in their gorgeous hats!! Brought a smile to my face and a happy memory of Amy and Craig's wedding in June with our new British relatives in attendance.... have a great getaway and we will see you when you get back home!! xoxoxo

likeschocolate said...

It is me again. Since everyone was commenting on Laura Ingles, I had to see what it was all about and read the article. I would have never known that a college professor that I met two years ago at an economic conference would be linked to Rose.
http://www.reason.com/news/show/123476.html
She wrote a book called the Forgotten man that was a big hit, but it seems this book explores the fictional character that Rose wrote about in a real historical and economic perspectie.

Thanks for sharing that link.

Anna said...

have a great last hurah!

Francesca said...

Lecia, I can relate so well to your disbelief! The other day I made some play-doh for my daughter, and the boys asked me why I never made it for them!!! They may not remember the details, but I do hope at least they'll remember having fun and happy play time during childhood!
About the Ingalls article, I was somehow shocked by the hardships they saw in their lifes, and by the daughter's personality.

Tami said...

growing up outside of boston and coming from a strong irish family, we loved the kennedy family. i would often go to the kennedy library by myself and stay for hours. i have a heavy heart with the passing of ted. as we drove the highways of Massachusetts this weekend i was so touched to see the signs and banners celebrating and thanking him for his service to all of us.

CC said...

That looks so yummy! :)

Xx

liza said...

I hope your getaway is everything you'd like it to be! Those cupcakes look terrific!

likeschocolate said...

Thanks for sharing the secret of where to find the cupcakes. I am planning a trip to Seattle sometime after the New Year and both places are on my list. I will let you know which place I like best.

isabelle said...

these cupcakes look so delicious ... and thanks for the links !!