Monday, February 28, 2011

Girl Scout Cookies!

Yesterday Natalie and I joined Daisy Scout Troop 3105 to sell Girl Scout cookies outside Wal-Mart.

By the appointed time, I had dismissed scores of excuses for not showing up and decided to just suck it up and Be The Mother. So my shy little girl and I set up shop with Natalie's friend Kalei and her lovely mom Pam.

Kalei and Natalie are perfect for each other. Quiet, sweet, unassuming. And terrible saleswomen.

Neither of them dared to make eye contact with anyone who approached our table, despite Pam and me urging the girls to at least look up, or say thank you.

Enter Christine, their fellow Daisy. Christine is not shy. She came to our table near the Garden Center from her post at the main entrance, where she had been pulling in one sale after another.

She showed the quiet girls how it was done. She even let them hold her handmade Girl Scout Cookies sign, on the corner of which she had printed: "Don't touch my poster."

After a little peer mentoring, Natalie began to come out of her shell.

After an hour, her shell was nowhere to be found.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Out of the hundreds of emails that buzzed across my iPhone this week, the one Natalie sent me this morning is by far the best. Succinct, spelled correctly, true to herself and with an enthusiastic subject line. As a communications professional, I approve.

Subject: Love,Natalie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Snow White

Sleeping Beauty





Dear mama,
I love you

Monday, February 14, 2011

She loves me more than gum

Look what I pulled out of Natalie's folder tonight.


Not only does she love me more than gum. She loves me more than mac 'n' cheese AND dresses.

Oh, I love that little girl.

Tonight the three of us - BM, LD and BG (that's Big Mama, Lizzy Daddy and Baby Girl) - went for pizza. We got a giant pizza and a big carafe of wine and some antipasto.

When we got home, we took the dogs for a walk around the hood and LD got the hiccups. He sounded like a wino.

Then we came home and read Junie B. Jones - Natalie says "She is sooooo bad!"

A good Valentine's Day on the whole.

More than gum!