The Write Tribe Festival of Words. This is an exciting blogging event from December 8th to December 14, 2013
Day 4: Music (I missed Day 3 Books)
It is said that music is the soundtrack of your life. I agree. There are songs that take me right back to a moment, a feeling, a healing place at any period of my life. Even songs that were a part of my broken hearts, music served me well.
My first album I bought was Earth, Wind & Fire... I remain a huge fan to this day, and I see them every time they are in CT.
Even now at 50 years old I am at my best when there is music wafting through the house, office, car. Sure I enjoy silence. But music moves em to my highest self. From Gregorian chants to James Brown I dig it all. I love secular and sacred music. I have room for it all. I listen to it all. although Rap music after early 90s no longer holds any interest to me. However, put on Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, RUN DMC, Kurtis Blow, Sugar Hill Gang I am on my feet bobbing my head.
Everything by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Carol King, Minnie Ripperton, Carly Simon, Melody Gadot, Adele. And oh so many more, because music is like breathing to me. I am no singer, but I can and do sing along with every song in my library. I have music for any mood that suits me from Rock to Praise.
I love music. I'll let the O'Jays speak for me....
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Day 2: Food
There are things that have to be considered when you adopt children, especially children who are older than newborns/toddlers. I wanted to make memories that would carry them long after they grew into the marvelous people I believe they are becoming.
Birthdays are a big deal to any kid, but I wanted to give my kids something that would give them a real sense of specialness and tradition. So while their friends were having parties at fancy play places, and gyms and pools and Chuckee Cheese. I drew from my childhood experience... my grandmother would come fro m where ever she was visiting and come to our house on each of our birthdays and bake us our favorite cake! My mom would make our favorite meal. There were four of us too and each of us got a specialty 2-4 layer cake lovingly made by Grandma Taylor. I took that tradition and and twisted it a bit... each kid got to make their own vegan birthday cake. They could color it and make it however they desired. We've been doing this for well over a decade now and they look forward to it every year. You can tell when some one's birthday is close, because you begin to hear conversations about what kind of cake are you thinking of? What color? Have you seen the latest cakes in such-n-such magazine?
It's a family event, their Dad and step-mom show up, uncles & aunts. All bearing gifts and love.
Baking their own cakes for their birthday is personal and special. I am sure when they grow up and get out into the world they will perhaps abandon this tradition or maybe they will introduce it to their friends and families they create. It is my pleasure to do this. and I am my most happiest at each child's birthday celebration!