Fourth in a Very Infrequent Series:
I’ve packed my bags, I’ve watered the plants, and I’ve asked a friend to check my mail. Henry has made his way to his country estate (aka, my friend, Trisha’s house which boasts a BIG BACKYARD), where he’s sure to have a nice respite from Oliver and his tail-chasing antics.
As for Oliver, he will be attended to by his guardian (aka, my son’s girlfriend).
So, you know what this means. Yep, my son and I are headed out for a spell.
After all, it’s not everyday my youngest graduates from college. And, since she was able to score some tickets to the graduation ceremony—which, if you ask me, were about as hard to get as tickets to see Justin Bieber in concert (not that I’m in the market to see Bieber, mind you)—I figured the least we can do is show up.
So, while I’m away, I thought I’d leave you with some pithy quotes to mull over (along with some cute shots of Oliver and Henry!). And yes. There will be a test when I return! 😉
From the World of TV:
“Growing old is not a leper colony where an unfortunate few are sent to die. It is a precious gift given only to some lucky human beings.” — Dick Van Dyke, in his autobiography.
“It’s good to have an open mind, but not so much that your brains fall out.”
–The second wife, Nicolette, to the first wife, Barbara, in the finale of the HBO series, Big Love.
From Scandal–the enthralling series that lives up to its name—here’s a snippet of dialogue about whether to move the injured President Fitzpatrick Grant to Camp David.
First Lady Melly Grant: Moving him to Camp David will make him look weak.
Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene: He’s unconscious. He is weak.
“Mary is who you wish you were, Rhoda is who you probably are and Phyllis is who you’re afraid you’ll become.” -Valerie Harper, reflecting on beloved characters from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
From Seinfeld, Part 2 of “The Trip,” in which Kramer relocates to LA, to pursue a career in acting.
Kramer: Things are going pretty well for me here. I met a girl.
Jerry: Kramer, she was murdered!
Kramer: Yeah, but I wasn’t looking for a long-term relationship. I was on TV.
George: As a suspect in a serial killing.
Kramer: Okay, yeah. You guys have to put a negative spin on everything.
From the World of Blogging (Because sometimes bloggers say the darndest things.)
“Regardless of what brings you to a blank page, remember to write from your heart and with passion. Write with integrity. Write honestly. Write with reckless abandonment. Write without expectation. Write with conviction, and sincerity. Write originally. Write what you know and then some. Write with spice. Write with love. Write from your heart. Write with discipline. Write for one reader. Write without filters. Write to a lost lover. Write with all of your senses. Write as if you were dying. Write as if you are making love for the first time. Write as if you are staring down the barrel of a gun. Write without doubt. Write without an editor on your shoulder. Write as if there is a camera on your shoulder. Write without compromise. Write what you feel.” – Brenda Moguez, Passionate Pursuits.
“We could have Pop-Tarts and cupcakes every day. We’d eat so many that our little babies would have sprinkles for dimples and icing for hair.” – Thoughts Appear
“It is bad enough losing your voice but don’t get stuck wearing an anger muzzle.” From Paws to Talk
“I can have a father from the mafia, but not live myself, dismembered in some bipolar underworld. I can be a sane, whole, and liberated lesbian.” – Kathryn, Reinventing the Event Horizon
“Fly, fly on my butterfly.
My prayer is that
The spider’s web
Never intersects your flight.
Fly, fly on my butterfly.
I wish you sweet daffodils and golden buttercups
For endless days of flight.”
–Carl D’Agostino, I Know I Made You Smile
“He was so startled and overwhelmed by the feeling, my eyes filled with tears too. And from that moment on, a powerful new identity took over my sweet, funny, loving husband. He was now Daddy.” — Lisa W. Rosenberg’s tribute to her husband on Father’s Day
And One More, which will give you food for thought:
“What kind of peace do we seek, enforced in the world by American weapons of war? Let us reexamine our attitude toward the Soviet Union, to realize the extent of the gulf between us. And, if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future and we are all mortal.“ — President John F. Kennedy
So, how about you? Heard anything in the blogosphere or on TV that bears repeating?
Thank you for those quotes, and especially for the introduction to Brenda Moguez. Now back to writing as if there was a camera on my shoulders. 🙂
SomerEmpress, Don’t you just love Brenda’s quote? I feel like every writer should have that framed and kept by their desk. It’s so inspiring! I’m so glad you’ve now discovered Brenda. Like you, she’s terrific!
These pictures made me that much more excited to hang out with your dogs next weekend at PRIDE 🙂
Thanks, Hayley! Henry’s not going to be able to make it, as he tires easily, but Oliver’s excited to go!
I love when you post pics of the pets, I mean family. All good quotes, and thank you times ten for the mention and the reminder. I went searching for that post. I love this about writing and sharing. It gave me a boost and reminded me how much I love writing, reading, and meeting others like yourself. Tis a pleasure. I hope you had or having a wonderful time.
Thanks so much, Brenda. Sorry it took so long for me to respond. My head seems to be on backwards these days. 😉
Congrats to you and your youngest! How I hope the weather cooperated with her big celebration — I just know you’ll be the proudest mama there! Wonderful that she already is working — makes it harder for you to see her, but if it’s any consolation, you did good. Roots and Wings, remember?! Loved your quotes and photos of Henry and Oliver, too!
Thank you, Debbie! And to you, too, of course. We’re blessed with amazing, beautiful children who are high achievers. Good schools, promising futures. Nothing but the best!
Glad you enjoyed the quotes and my photos of “the boys!” I just adore these two little critters. 😉
Somehow I missed this! Honored to be quoted among these very special others. And wonderful photos. You do have the cutest doggies ever!
Well, Lisa, I just loved your quote. It tugged at my heartstrings!
“I can have a father from the mafia, but not live myself, dismembered in some bipolar underworld. I can be a sane, whole, and liberated lesbian.”
I love that you used the great bloggers quotes! xxx
Have fun, my dear Monica!
When I come across brilliance, I have to let it shine!
Great post; congratulations. Loved the famous quotes and the soon-to-be famous quotes 🙂
Astra, I don’t set out looking for quotes from bloggers but I love when I come across one that truly resonates. I just love the blogosphere!
Congratulations to Sarah and to you too! Such a great family. And love the pups too – you make me smile! Travel safe.
Thanks, Sherri! I still remember when we all sang Happy Birthday to her at the Ready to Learn conference. I think she was just nine then. 😉
Monica, what a wonderful moment to be in. You are a fantastic mum and have raised two amazing children, I don’t know them but feel I do from your posts. I am proud for you and proud of you. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter and even more so for lining up that job in her field. So difficult to do these days. What is her field by the way? Ah now Sir Henry will have his respite from young Oliver and his batteries will no doubt be re- charged once you get back.
Have a wonderful trip my friend.
Thanks, MM. I so appreciate your kind words. My daughter’s major was economics and she got a job as an analyst for a consulting firm in Chicago. She seems very happy in it. So far so good!
Congrats to your youngest! Hope you have a wonderful time!
Hope you enjoyed seeing your quote here. I found it to be very colorful and creative. You rock, Thoughtsy!
I’m glad you liked it. I especially liked that quote, too. =)
Jeepers–you quoted me! I’m so honored, Monica! Love the collection–not to mention the photos. And,gosh, Oliver and Henry are cute.
Congrats on the graduation! Hope you have a wonderful trip!
Kathy, it was a great quote and a great post, too. I’ve been planning this trip for months. Having taken the leap of faith that she would indeed graduate, we bought our plane tickets months ago. So, I can’t believe it’s upon us!
What a crazy mish mash. And fun. Congratulations on your daughters graduation. Have a great trip. Tell his lordship not to miss Oliver too much.
Me thinks Oliver will miss Henry more. Henry’s already left. Oliver will be picked up momentarily, but already he seems like he’s pining for his big brother.
Congratulations to your daughter and have a great time.
Thanks. Will do!
Congrats to you and your daughter! You did good to raise such spectacular children (tell them I said so). Have a great time.
Will do! I’m particularly proud of her since she was able to line up a job–in her major–and has already started working there. The bad news is she won’t be coming home. But oh well. Guess I’ll have to plan more visits to see her!
Congrats to a proud Mama! So happy for you! xo
I’m very proud of her, but I’m also aghast at how quickly four years went. Felt more like two weeks!
Some great quotes there. Nice to see some from bloggers I know. That was a real treat. Hope you have a fantastic trip
Glad you liked it. Hope they like it, too! 😉
The was so much anguish, heartache, then acceptance, release and liberation and good luck well wished.
Carl, you always make me smile. Without fail. And this is such a sweet, poem that conveys the fragility of life.