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    Space

    “Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.”

    Paul Johannes Tillich, The Eternal Now

    Pip and I were snuggling together in bed one morning while Big-Daddy-O and Fig were getting a […]

    Wanting

    “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Lately, it seems that many of Pip’s sentences begin with, ‘I want…’ We’re not sure where the ‘May I pleases,’ have gone, but we’re determined to […]

    Poor Rubies

    “Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.”

    George Saunders

    I made a big mistake the other night. I took Fig’s diaper off and let her dance around the living-room in her birthday suit. It was just before the girls’ bath and she was only going to be naked for […]

    Our tiny parent

    “We’ve had bad luck with children; they’ve all grown up.”

    Christopher Morley

    I’m not sure if Pip has sensed that I need her to be ‘low maintenance’ lately, but she has been an angel. (Possibly because she doesn’t usually get to watch back-to-back episodes of ‘Blues Clues’ while Fig naps!) She […]

    Rejection

    “Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.”

    John Powell

    Fig worships Pip. Not only does she mimic everything Pip says and does, but she also likes to give Pip little gifts. Especially gifts of food. If Fig is given a piece […]

    That’s toe-toe, not Toto

    “The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

    Meryl Streep

    The drawback of those great stainless-steel water-bottles for kids is the weight. Today Fig was enjoying a nice sip of H2O in the kitchen, when she dropped her water-bottle on her middle toe. The stainless=steel edge […]

    True love

    “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

    William Shakespeare

    This morning Pip said to her dad, “I love my sister so much. I just couldn’t wait for her to come out of my Mama’s belly,” and last night in the tub the girls smothered each other with hugs and […]

    Dream come true

    “There are some people who live in a a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”

    Douglas H. Everett

    Ever since Crazybaby has been able to climb up onto Pip’s bed, there has been trouble. Pip’s bed had […]

    Flutes to the rescue

    “I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.”

    Maya Angelou

    I think we just have to accept the fact that we’ll be buying two of everything […]

    Kindness

    “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

    Dalai Lama

    Bath-time is typically an enjoyable activity at our house. Last night was no exception; Pip and Crazybaby were making each other laugh by holding cloths in their mouths like puppies. (It’s funny how their little games hold absolutely no appeal […]