Monday, January 18, 2010

in retrospect

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i love looking back. seeing things for what they are now and then seeing where i was at then in comparison.
last year at the MLK bell ringing ceremony -  i was big baby bellied. we were full to the brim with  obama hope.
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this year i was a little late. little brother tied up in the mei tai. we didn’t get there in time for a bell.
but we did make it for “the laaaaaand of the freeeeee and the home of the braaaave!”
big brother was a little too wiggly and giggly to sit through the whole ceremony -
but we did get a close up glimpse of those rockin’ drums.
we snuck out early with cousins and friends in tow. out to the art tables and we celebrated that way.
with color-full paper doll crowns and lemonade.
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back at home we parked in the sun shining on our driveway.
luc crawled up to the front seat and we had a makeshift picnic lunch in our car.
we talked of then. of martin luther king jr. 
we talked of now.
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then he jumped out the car door and ran around in the grass – happy as can be.
perfectly fitting for a day of sunshine and celebrating.

6 comments:

  1. Deep in my heart, I do believe. . .
    I'm so happy to know that 6 of my little babies were pausing with their parents to celebrate today. I'll gather the other 3 tonight for some bell ringin' and joyful noise makin'!
    You are making a difference!

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  2. I love that you do this, Lin. What a great tradition. Inspiring. There's nothing like that happening over here, but I did tell Noah about MLK yesterday, and we listened to his speech on youtube (well I did, the boys quickly ran off to race cars). But it was in the background, that counts right?

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  3. Once again, you inspire me. What a wonderful way to commemorate a truly remarkable man.

    And a car picnic? What could be better than that?

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  4. happy day.

    and look at you takin' amazing pictures with your new fancy camera!

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  5. thanks for sharing our tradition.

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  6. You are such a good mom Lin!

    Love ya!

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