Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Roses and Diamonds

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds around my neck."
--Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

Actually, Emma, what I'd really like is a maid.

I first read feisty Ms. Goldman's roses and diamonds quote back in high school. At the time I remember thinking, "Yeah! Me too. Diamonds suck." I associated diamond necklaces with charity balls and snottiness and Hermes scarves. And, as a soon-to-be college student (and rather feisty myself), there was likely some sort of distaste for the symbolism of it all. Seems kind of like a dog collar. A shiny dog collar, but a dog collar nonetheless. Plus, flowers are pretty! Who wouldn't want flowers? I now know the money doesn't have anything to do with it. Those roses probably cost more than the diamonds. Fifty bucks every other week for ten years adds up to a pretty awesome diamond necklace!

But seriously, when I think about this now, I see the effort involved in the respective gifts. A diamond was chosen with care and excitement, saved for over a long period of time, presented on a special occasion. It also takes a great deal of thought for a man to keep fresh flowers on his love's table. Every few weeks he must replace them and spend that extra bit of time devoted to her happiness. Those are the true gifts--time, thought, effort--that make a woman feel special. I'm lucky to have Daddy, who has given me roses and diamonds...and all of those unspoken gifts...during our eleven years together. I'm glad you have his example to follow.

By the way, I'd prefer to have roses AND diamonds. Why choose?


I tried desperately to place Ms. Goldman's quote in context. I can't find the original source for the life of me. For all I know, she isn't even talking about flowers and roses as gifts from a man. If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it!

Just for fun, I've included another favorite Emma Goldman-ism:

"If I can't dance then it's not my revolution."

She would have been a heck of a dinner companion, don't you think?

Monday, July 20, 2009

So There.

You: "Crap!"

Daddy: "Oh no, Jason, we don't say that. It isn't nice."

You: "But that's what you say, Daddy."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I Like to Whisper, Too!

As I type, I can hear Daddy putting you to bed over the monitor. When you are settling down for the night you whisper. I know, hard to imagine considering your daytime voice, which I estimate to be about 130 dB. But at night it is all cuddles and whispers. Just now, you softly said, "Baby Jesus is going to look out for me." Sometimes you like to run through everyone in the world who loves you. Everyone from Paddy the dog to Aunt Teri to baby Micah loves you, and you aren't satisfied until we run through the entire list. Other times you ask us to tell you, "What else is fun?" And if you're thirsty you simply whisper, "Milk." It is one of my favorite times of day, bedtime, and one I'm going to miss when you're all grown up.

P.S. See the movie, Elf (2003) for the title quote!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Summertime Fun

Baseball is your latest obsession. Since the incident several weeks ago involving your baseball and my head, I've learned to stay out of the way when you're playing. Today you spent a couple hours hitting balls off the tee:


You also like to name the Red Sox starting lineup. Your favorites are Kevin Youkilis and Dice-K Matsuzaka (both mentioned below) as well as Big Papi, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia.


Sometimes you like to tell us where you're planning to hit the ball. Here, it is "far far away in the grass." And, lest Uncle Dave V get worried, you also noticed the football :) You have quite the spiral going on, which I'll have to capture on video later.



Mr. B was over at the house yesterday for an Independence Day picnic, and I got a fantastic picture of you in return for the chicken sandwiches and ice cream we served. Very convenient to have such a skilled photographer as a friend (especially since I can't seem to focus a camera). Thanks, Mr. B!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Date

You and Miss Georgia had a fun lunch date today. You even got a kiss!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009


You love to play. You play with books, trucks, trains, blocks, friends, bubbles...you name it, you play with it! These are some of your all-time favorite activities:

Judah. You two have such a fun time together:

Legos...you count them and build towers:

Pretending you are a conductor on the Thomas Railway:

Sweeping the floor!

Reading, especially with your cool sunglasses on:

Decorating shipping boxes with stickers and markers: