02 November 2009

a list...

my girlies two are home from school today, which means my girlie mémé and me are in for a lot of wishful thinking.

for example. i wish these girls would understand that every toy in the house is mine {mémé}, and i wish i was an alcoholic without a conscience or even just not so frightened of taking four tylenol at once {me}.

we've a long list of plans to keep us busy, though. like hanging a swing in a long hallway, which i think is one of the most genius ideas i've ever owned but which uncle sugar believes to be an emergency room visit waiting to happen. i wonder how he feels about the gymnastic rings i'm hanging in the laundry room.

there is also a a garbage disposal to be purchased. to replace the one that did not blow up after lillie disposed of silverware and maybe other metal objects she did not wish to wash. it must've been old. it was just its time, she explained. with a straight face.

there are overdue books to return. chocolate stains to clean. from esmé's little body. at least four loads of laundry and as many bathrooms to scrub.

plus one chalkboard wall to be painted. upon which some or all of these words will be written...i've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow. i've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled christmas tree lights. i've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. i've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. i've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. i've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. i've learned that whenever i decide something with an open heart, i usually make the right decision. i've learned that even when i have pains, i don't have to be one. i've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. people love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. i've learned that i still have a lot to learn. i've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the way you made them feel.

on second thought. maybe we'll forget all our plans and just chill together. catch you later, friends. and xoxo.

photos snagged from we heart it...i had grand visions of swings and tulle and perhaps a wind machine, but i liked these because they remind me of my lillie. they also remind me of suzanne's little brown bear. seen most recently here. quote from maya angelou. i walked beside her once in o'hare and found her to be very tall. also not very chatty. i would've settled for hello. or karey, be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. whatever. i still love her words.


Natalie said...

I love those words to be written! I think I need a place to put something similar. I really relate to the parent part, as I get used to the idea (self-imposed, mostly) that my mom will be living with us for a couple of years. I will miss her. I need to cherish this time.

On a lighter note: Enjoy your day with your girlies three!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Oh.....how beautiful, and how true. I love this quote dearly and thank you for introducing it to me. I also love dear Suzanne as a bunny and her little brown bear(and that puppy! squeal!) but, I also love you and your girlies three and hope you make a chalkboard( I made a big cloud on on our kitchen wall) and chill together. Thanks for brightening my day friend.

Kelly said...

you always know when i need my days brightened. great quote - enjoy your day with the girlies!


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Brandi said...

I think the pictures are perfect. And the swing in the hallway is a brilliant idea (I'm trying to figure out if I can attach one in my place now). And the chalkboard wall...sigh, I just love it.
Your words are so inspiring and so true. An open heart in this world makes all the difference.

Krissy said...

I needed this today. Your chalkboard needs to be put right in front of me :)

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

How did you know I needed a bit of magic today? Perhaps it's those super powers of yours. Thank you sweet friend!!! Love this post. xxoo

mrs. darling said...

thank you for sharing this lovely quote, it was very much needed on my murky monday. also, a swing in a hallway? BRILLIANT.

ZDub said...

I can see that little girlie tossing the silverware down the sink.

Also, I want a chalkboard wall and a swing in my hallway!

Love this post, I vote for just hanging out.

Simply Mel said...

The chalkboard words are divine, and I always try to live by this, "people only remember the bad things you say, so try to only speak good"!

Anonymous said...

these photos are like magic.

and the words are even better.

I'm currently working on the husband to see if we can get a wall of chalkboard paint. I'm thinking the entry way wall, so the people we love can write messages as they come and go. We'll see if I can get him on board.

Richie Designs said...

swing and gymnastic rings sound brilliant but yes, possibly a visit to the doctor will occur. A good scar to talk about later in life though I'm sure.

Kristin said...

Oh Karey - I was just having a crappy moment, feeling sorry for myself while two babies cry at my side, but then I read this and it snapped things back into perspective. You always do that, did you know that? remind me of what's important? Yeah. you do. Thanks for being such a special internet friend. ;)

Shannon Fricke said...

Oh, such beauty!

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Di Overton said...

You go for it girl A swing in the hallway and rings in the laundry I would have expected no less from you ;)

Sarah said...


has anyone ever used the word 'inspirational' to describle you?

i certainly think you are.

p.s. thank you for helping me find my words.

Mrs.French said...

I knew our friendship was pure destiny...but this! just this weekend I told Mr. French I wanted to hang gymnastics rings in sweet b's room...he thinks I am crazy...but not you! xo t