Friday, May 10, 2013

Photo Friday: The Mother's Day one where Ann needs a hairbrush




My hair almost always ends up looking like this when we go on at trip (this installment of vacation hair was at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul). I hope my daughter has lots of vacation hair in her future.
I wanted to write something about Mother's Day but find myself not quite able to pull it together - sort of like my hair. For some of us, it's a day with a tinge of loss or longing or weirdness. For others, it's joyful. So I thought I'd put together a few interesting things I've read this week.

1. Anne Lamott's Facebook page pointed me toward this story she wrote about why she doesn't like Mother's Day/http://www.salon.com/2010/05/08/hate_mothers_day_anne_lamott/. I love this part: "The main thing that ever helped mothers was other people mothering them; a chain of mothering that keeps the whole shebang afloat."

2. My friend and colleague Nancy wrote this about the five things moms want most for Mother's Day. (I did tell her that it's obvious that her boys aren't babies, since she didn't mention sleep even once - come to think of it, I don't think there's any kind of mention of bodily fluids in there, either.) My favorite part is her mom's "Nancy Compliments" folder.   http://dallaslifeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/05/five-things-moms-want-most-for-mothers-day-p-s-they-dont-come-in-a-box.html/

3. Baby Sideburns shared this http://www.chicagonow.com/baby-sideburns/2013/05/ten-things-i-want-for-mothers-day/, which is a wish list very much geared toward those with little kids (sleep, bodily fluids, profanity).

4. My friend Austina pointed me to this blog post, titled "An open letter to pastors: A non-mom speaks about Mother's Day." Lovely thoughts. http://www.messymiddle.com/2012/05/10/an-open-letter-to-pastors-a-non-mom-speaks-about-mothers-day/

5. This has remarkably little (er, OK, nothing) to do with Mother's Day, but I went a whole week thinking that there was no hairdryer where we were staying on our Istanbul trip. My husband found a hairdryer in a drawer right before we left.

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