little things about me

one of my favorite parts of being a mother is watching her dance when she doesn’t know i’m looking…smells i’ll never forget my grandma’s spaghetti sauce…my strawberry shortcake doll…my grandmother’s kerosene lamp as we climbed into her loft at night (and the smell of her out-house in the dead of winter)…a bed of pines in the forest with the wind blowing all around me…my grandpa’s new cars…my sister’s head…wood smoke curling from our chimney in january…apple-infused woods in october in new york…bean soup cooking on the stove…spring poking through the snow…my mother’s emeraud perfume…sulphur tap water…the scariest thing i ever did was drive through rising flood waters in pitch darkness between the surf and the sound with my 8-wk old baby, the engine light in the car flashing…2 things i love about david he sings funny songs with zia and takes us to eat at eden alley…things i’m sorry for being too chicken to do the world’s highest bungee jump in south africa…not being a better sister…blogging like mad with my little girl tugging at me and whimpering “bye bye computer”…what i like best about being married falling asleep in david’s arms…craziest thing i’ve ever done jumped out of a perfectly good plane 12000 feet above an arizona desert…what i like best about my baby the sweetness of her breath when she gives me kisses…the coldest i’ve been for a long stretch of time riding across switzerland to the french border on a ducati in pouring rain…the most intensely exhausting thing i’ve ever done give birth…3 foods i hate raw onions, runny eggs, and okra…one reason i love david he gives me kisses when i least expect them…strangest thing i’ve ever eaten a crocodile tail…thoughts I had as a kid trees must be edible…i know i could float on a cloud…black babies are much cuter than white ones…what i wanted to be when i grew up a fire chief…things i wanted most as a kid toy fire engines…to be named julie…black hair and blue eyes…a red flying suit with control buttons (for take-off, landing, left, right, invisibility, etc)…a pogo stick, stilts, and a unicycle (i eventually got the pogo stick and unicycle)…a river flowing with strawberry soda…a tiny horse the size of a butterfly…when i was a kid i hated barbie dolls…perfume…make-up…lipstick…i still hate high heels…the real reason i married david i love the way the way he smells…what i want to be when i grow up a lover of God…i refuse to worship a latte at the grande cathedral of st. arbucks…why i eat healthy i only live once