Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the day we celebrate his birthday (January 15). I remember learning a lot about the civil rights movement in school, but not once did any teacher play a recording or give us a text of any of his speeches. I only learned the sound bites. How tragic. Each year, I make a special point to read one of MLK’s speeches. Maybe by doing so, MLK’s words and passion would seep into my subconscious thoughts, even the tiniest bit. How much of a better person could I be then?

The very last speech MLK wrote was “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”.  The very next day, he was assassinated. That speech, The Mountaintop speech, is the one I read for today. My absolute favorite quote is:

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“Dangerous unselfishness”. Wow. Love is sacrificing oneself for the benefit of another. If only each of us remembers that MLK stood for Love above all things. If we focus on Love, then how can there be any room left for hate?

Below is the link to The Mountaintop speech from The King Center Archives. My hope is that you read it and put it in your heart too.

http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/ive-been-mountaintop-0

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Tumblr is Grounded.

Dear sweet Weez:

Remember how much fun you had this past quarter? Remember how often you got to ride your longboard? Remember how much time you got to hang out with friends and play on the computer? Remember how excited you were to get your very own cell phone for Christmas? Yeah, I remember these things too.

I found some pictures on your Facebook that encapsulate some of these awesomely fun times.

Here’s a pic of you and Dottie taking selfies on your laptop. So cute!

The Weez & Dottie taking selfies

The Weez & Dottie taking selfies

This is a picture of you sharing a Tumblr posting on Facebook because you liked it. You really enjoy Tumblr don’t you? I can tell because you are always, always on it.

Tumblr on Facebook

Tumblr on Facebook

Here’s another picture of you and your longboard. You had so much fun riding around getting cool shots and then editing the pictures for these cool effects.

The Weez & her longboard with super cool digital effects that require the use of a computer to make.

The Weez & her longboard with super cool digital effects that require the use of a computer to make.

This is another super cool picture you took over Christmas break when we had the freeze. You really are so talented. I know you had a blast sharing your art on all the social media apps you use.

Frozen leaf. Edited with applications that require the use of a computer.

Frozen leaf. Edited with applications that require the use of a computer.

Do you also remember how you set a goal to complete French by Christmas break? Remember how I thought it was such a great idea that I offered to give you $100 if you met your goal? Remember how I did not nag you nor did I ask if your homework was completed before you went out to do some cool activity or hang with friends? Remember how last week I told you that your French teacher emailed me to tell me that not only did you fail to accomplish your goal to complete French by Christmas break but you are now 5% behind?

I’m so glad that you remember all of these things too. Your memories are that you are going to have for the remainder of this quarter if you do not GET OFF TUMBLR and CATCH UP ON YOUR FRENCH!!  Yes, that’s right! I see that you are at school NOT doing your French but filling up your Tumblr newsfeed. I see it all, babe. Don’t forget, I’m the mom. I know everything.

Here are a few things that you will be without if you do not heed this one and only warning.

Bye-bye laptop.

Bye-bye laptop.

Bye-bye longboard.

Bye-bye longboard.

Bye-bye cellphone.

Bye-bye cellphone.

I do all of this, not to be mean, but because I love you. Really, this hurts me more than it hurts you.

xoxo,
Mom

Acuppa Tea and The Princess Bride.

On the drive home from work the other day, I was day-dreaming of a nice, hot, steaming cup of herbal tea. I’m sorta a tea snob. I prefer loose leaf herbal tea. Mighty Leaf is my favorite brand and African Nectar is my favorite flavor, not that you asked. I simply share in hopes that someone from Mighty Leaf stumbles upon my l’il ‘ole bloggy thing and sends me lots of tea.

Anyways . . .

Of course, I use an old fashioned stove-top tea kettle to the water for tea. Yes, it’s a pain but it just tastes better. See? I’m a tea snob. Also, I prefer loose leaf tea and make my own tea pouches. Tea pouches are tricky, so naturally I have a tea-making ritual. It’s tough trying to get a  teaspoon of loose leaf tea into the tiny mouth of the pouch. You should see the looks I get while at work when making tea. “Why is Caroline handling herbs and paper? Wait? Is she rolling something?!?” “No, no. I’m just making tea,” I answer. “Ssssuuuurrrreeee,” they say as they walk back to their desk, all the while give me disapproving glances.

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I knew that once I got home, I’d have to rush through the tea-making routine so I’d have time to take a quick bath and shave since my tennis leggings were too dirty to wear and a tennis skirt would do nothing to hide the wool that has been growing on my legs, start a load of laundry and wash said leggings, and then pack my tennis bag for the match that was starting in 45 minutes. On the drive home, I plan my strategy. I was desperate for a nice cuppa tea with honey.

I bust through the door (Hi kids! Mommy loves you!), rush through the kitchen, start the kettle, laundry begins and then I give the kiddos and doggies a few hugs and kisses. Finally, the kettle whistles and the water is ready. I pour the hot tea into my cup and then dash upstairs with the cuppa tea in hand and start the bath. As the bath water is running, I pack the tennis bag and lay out my clothes. Wahoo! I’m doing great on time. Since I have a few extra moments to spare, why don’t I just soak in the bath for a few? “Great idea,” answering myself. Aaaahhhh. Slipping into the silky, steamy, hot water felt so amazing. I reach over to the cuppa tea and indulge in a nice big, long sip.

HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THAT IS PURE AND GOOD. Hot! Oh my ga! This sh*t is H.O.T!

I spit the tea out but it dribbles down my chin, burning everything it touches As I have lost all sensation. Instinctively, I cup the bath water in my hand to cool down my tongue and roof of my mouth and begin to drink. MOTHER FLIPPER!! That water is hot too. I jump out of the tub and fumble to the sink and turn the cold water on full force to quell the pain. Yeah, like that worked.

It’s been three days since the cuppa tea / tub incident. I expect that I will regain my sense of taste any day now since feeling has just returned. Now, if only people will stop calling me the Impressive Clergyman.

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