Friday Blog Roundup
For everyone who was holding us in their hearts this week–thank you. We have emerged out the other side for the time being.
ChickieNob: I’m really scared there’s a Von Rothbart in my room.
Josh: Lucky for you, Von Rothbart is usually accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra so if you don’t hear violins coming out from under the bed, you’re probably safe.
The problem is that the guitar class is listed for youths and adults ages 9 and up. “Do you think this is going to awkward?” I asked him.
“No, why would it be awkward if you showed up to a class packed with 16-year-olds who want to learn how to play ‘Aqualung?’ All the class needs is a tweak in the title: Guitar Level I and Cougar Hunting.”
So I’m back to the drawing board, trying to find a guitar class that is dirt cheap and will allow me to mostly phone it in because just as Barbie thought that math was hard, I think that developing callouses is harder.
Weekly What If: What if you had to take a guitar class with a bunch of teenagers and you could reasonably pass for younger than you are. Would you lie about your age in order to fit in better or would you proudly state your age on the first day? I’m not talking about creating a deceptive situation where you are concealing marital status et al–simply fudging the number in order to not look like the loser you are when you’re sitting in the back of the room clutching your Rise Up Singing (not that this what if is in any way tied to a real life situation).
In other words, would you ever lie about your age?
Maybe Baby? has a post about the paradox of hope and fear. Newly pregnant and terrified, her friend doesn’t understand the way she is viewing and treating her pregnancy. She writes: “I think its hard for someone who has not dealt with loss to understand my emotions. I don’t like talking about it. I try to find other causes for symptoms I might get.” And it’s the paradox addressed in the final paragraph of why we keep trying that makes this post incredibly moving.
Lastly, Three of a Kind has a post about the memorial service for Senator Kennedy. It is a beautiful post that contains a quotation written by Senator Kennedy and sent to the families of those who lost a family member on the anniversary of 9/11 (he sent a letter each year). And it’s the quote that entwines itself so deeply in not only Kathy’s situation and following that light right now, but they are beautiful words for anyone who has been through a loss.
The roundup to the Roundup: a bunch of random thoughts, the Weekly What If, and great posts to read.