Archives for December 2011

The 13 Days of Christmas: tree

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

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This is not my tree. My tree was eaten by the mulch truck not five minutes after my husband dragged it out to the curb.

This is the tree at the Residence Inn in Abilene. I have spent many nights at hotels in Abilene so that I don’t have to stay at the Hamlin Pied Piper Inn in Hamlin, which posts this sign in its rooms: “Please don’t clean your birds in the sink.”

The 13 Days of Christmas: drive

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

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My 15-year-old son got his learner’s permit yesterday, which means he can help drive to Hamlin in West Texas this afternoon. My brother and I were talking on Twitter yesterday that we did our first highway driving in West Texas. Yeehaw!

The 13 Days of Christmas: RG3

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

Robert Griffin III with the Heisman Trophy

Tonight, we are going to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio to see Robert Griffin III (aka RG3) play for Baylor University. I cannot describe how much this means to Baylor folks and Wacoans like me. Oh wait, I did try to describe it in my January column.

In short, it’s about believing. Believing when you thought that belief was just one of those things you were denied, and you learned to live without it and go through the motions. And you pretended you believed, but you really didn’t. Then, slowly, it all began to change. You didn’t trust it because trust was no longer a tool in your shed. And as months went by, and the news kept getting better (of all things!) you found yourself standing proud, amazed.

Thanks, RG3. Whatever happens tonight doesn’t matter. Just go out and have fun.

 

The 13 Days of Christmas: yellow butterfly

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

 

 

 

See the yellow butterfly? You don’t see it?

It was there, right on Dudley Street, the part that went bankrupt, where everyone walks their dogs.

I pulled over and got out of the car to take a picture of it, but it had already flown away.

Just because you can’t see the yellow butterfly doesn’t mean it’s not there.

The 13 Days of Christmas: basketball

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

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Christmas break for my son means basketball: a tournament today and tomorrow, a game on the 30th and another one on the 3rd.

The 13 Days of Christmas: villanelle

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

Here’s my attempt at a villanelle. Every rhyme is shamelessly pilfered from the song “Try to Remember” from the first musical I ever saw, “The Fantasticks.” It is an impure villanelle, like some of the ones you featured on Tweet Speak Poetry.

ODE TO “THE FANTASTICKS”

When that ember is about to billow,

I do try to remember.

Like a fallen star, I follow
 

on a morning stretched yellow —

the solstice of December,

when those embers begin to billow.
 

But soon enough for one so callow

come those earnest days of September.

Like a timid schoolgirl, I follow
 

hard and don’t weep as I hollow

a winter gourd in late October,

when the embers want to billow.
 

My soul is anything but mellow

especially in the fury of November.

Like a turkey to the slaughter, I follow.
 

And there beside my pillow

I keep my dreams of a fresh December,

where the embers always billow.

And, like a virgin in love, I follow.

The 13 Days of Christmas: dress

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

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Hi, Mom. How do you like J.J.’s new dress? We bought it for Christmas lunch at Nannie’s today. Scott will wear the suit we bought for Kendra’s wedding. They both have new haircuts. You’d be so proud.

I love you. Merry Christmas!

The 13 Days of Christmas: pool

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

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Not a big crowd today at the pool. I can have that middle lane all to myself (at least for 15 minutes or so, until the next group of die-hard swimmers arrives).

What? You think I’d face a holiday full of family without water therapy?

The 13 Days of Christmas: flood

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

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Look–it’s practically flooding!

We’ve had 3.07 inches of rain this month. That means we’re only 1 foot below normal! Still, that’s better than June (0.15), July (0.24) and August (0.08). I didn’t know rain gauges could go that low.

The 13 Days of Christmas: sign

Why 13 days? Because that’s how long my kids are out of school!

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The bad news: I thought they went back January 2.

The good news: The stock show has been moved one week later. My kids don’t participate, but the entire town shuts down.