Even if you're not a parent, you've probably heard of or even read I'll Love You Forever, the sweet children's book about a mother taking care of her little boy and then years later, the little boy (who's all grown up) taking care of his mother.
As she rocks her son throughout the years, the mother sings, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be" quietly in his ear. When the boy is grown and his mother is much older, the boy rocks his mother and sings, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my mommy you'll be" quietly in her ear. The book is a tear-jerker.
Which is what makes this even funnier, and oh so true.
Tom and I have been big fans of the Worst-Case Scenario Survival book series since college. It's not as though we anticipate needing to know how to survive a fall from a helicopter with only a handkerchief to slow us down, or how to wrestle three alligators at one time. That being said, we still like to make sure we're prepared. In what could perhaps become a regular segment, here's an actual tutorial on how to address a potential worst-case scenario: "How to Escape Zip Ties". Now if someone could tell me where to find zip ties, I could actually practice.
I love How I Met Your Mother, and I love Neil Patrick Harris as Barney on How I Met Your Mother. Barney is somehow simultaneously offensive and endearing, and as he puts it, completely awesome. When I need a pick-me-up, I think of Barney and try to be awesome.
MomsEveryday: What Teachers Want Parents to Know
Thanks to the generosity of a number of friends and family members who are also teachers and principals, I was able to write (what I consider to be) an interesting and thorough piece on what educators would like parents to know but probably won't share. This information is especially relevant if you're a parent, and even more so if you're kids are new to the school environment this year, so please, check it out!
A special thanks to those who helped me with this article, especially Katy, Holly, Sandy, Jake, Nancy, and Sara.
Red Cross: I Pledge Allegiance to Knowledge
October is National Book Month (who knew?), so over on the Red Cross blog I'm talking about how important increasing the knowledge base of the communities is to the mission of the organization. I've also offered up a few book suggestions for those of you who might be interested in learning a little more about the history of the International Red Cross, the National American Red Cross, the Geneva Conventions, etc. Check it out here, and afterwards, read a book! (Recommendation: if you're willing to tackle 844 pages, check out 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I have less than 50 pages to go and have enjoyed every minute I've spent engrossed in the story!)