Since yesterday was a day off (thank you MLK, for everything!), today is sort of the first day of the new week. And boy, we made it a Monday, by accidentally sleeping in, and an argument in the school parking lot. Oy. Coffee me!
I have also seemed to have gathered a lot of new followers, so welcome to the blog! I hope I don’t scare you off!
If you’ve been on my Facebook page may have seen my new photo up there. If you haven’t, here it is…
Yes, there’s a Velveteen Rabbit and a British phone box light, a peacock and a vintage typewriter, and my most precious Kermit the Frog Muppet News mug that my grandma gave me as a child…but…
See the sign?
LIVING THE DREAM
Yeah, it’s there to make me laugh.
See, once upon a time, I was visiting a friend who just had her second baby, helping out for the week. There was one afternoon where I had to take the screaming newborn as she wrangled the two year old, who was also screaming, and out of my mouth popped the words “Oh yeah, you’re just living the dream!”
And we laughed, and laughed, and laughed. Because the moment was ridiculous, as only two year olds can make it. And wrangling screaming children is no one’s idea of a dream.
After that, it became our catch phrase for when life got ridiculous. Which it does, often. So when, a couple years ago, I walked into a store and found this sign hanging on a rack for sale, I literally, honestly, burst out laughing in the store. Then bought two, and sent one to my friend.
This hangs right behind my desk, with my other precious yet ridiculous mementos, as a reminder that it’s okay to laugh about the ridiculousness that is my life sometimes, but also, in a way, to remind me to keep dreaming. My life? It’s pretty darn good actually, even with the occasional shit storms and stress. And the times it’s not, well, I have friends who’ll help me find a way to keep laughing, no matter what.
And in that perfect segue…
So Alan Doyle, one of my favorite singers, and from the band Great Big Sea, has a new solo album is out today, and the first track, “So Let’s Go”, is just one of those songs that remind you, life is short, so get going. Make the most of it while you can. Which is something life with Maura has taught me – how to make the most of it, embracing the ridiculousness as we go along with laughter.
If you like the song, go buy the whole album! Support your artists, buy their stuff!