The Parchment

The Parchment

February 28, 2011

The tale of Judica, the starfish.

Day three: a photo that makes you happy.

Today's task, post a photo that makes me happy.  Does it seem strange that the picture is a starfish hanging out in an octopus sand mold? Allow me to share with you the tale of Judica, the starfish.

During the warm, lazy days of summer, one of my favorite things to do is to scoop up my nieces and cart them off to the beach. We're blessed not to live so far away from the beach. I'm doubly blessed that they love to go with me.

The day this particular photo was taken, Boo and I were at the beach by ourselves.  Moo was sick and the other adults had to work or were otherwise occupied (strange how that's usually the case with those adults...).  So we loaded up our backpack and hit the sand.

On arriving at the beach, we claimed our spot and headed toward the gully to splash awhile.  Wonder of wonders, what did we see? What seemed to be a thousand starfish hiding in the gully and sprinkling the sand.  In her excitement, 6 year old Boo really wanted to keep them all to show everyone at home.
After much discussion, she was convinced that they would be much better off if we returned them to the big water.

We spent half our time at the beach that day throwing the starfish back.  One lone starfish did she convince me to set aside for photo ops.  Immediately, our captive was named Judica and declared to be a much loved pet.

Why does that picture of Judica make me happy? 
Boo is 8 now. As she grows older, she may not remember that day at the beach, when it was just the two of us. But when I see that picture, I remember.
And it makes me happy.

February 26, 2011

Long, long ago in a land not so far away...

Day two: a photo of yourself at least a year ago.

Hmmm... I've noticed that I don't actually have a lot of pictures of myself available online.  So, I went and borrowed a previously uploaded photo for this one (thanks Lee!).  It's at photo of myself at least a year ago, alright. Try more than 12 years ago.  That's right folks. The precious toddler in the picture is now a 14 year old menace to society model of a teenager. :-) His mother, the beautiful lady pictured with us, is still counted among my close friends. I am so blessed with long lasting friendships.

February 18, 2011

Here we go again!

Wow, again, it's been 6 weeks or more since I've posted.  There are times when I think that I should write a blogpost only to find myself facing writer's block.  It's one thing when you decide to write because you have something to say, and another thing entirely to try coming up with something to say because you've decided to write.  I'm sure there has been no great loss of discussion simply because I kept my thoughts to myself.  The five of you who read this probably found some other way to fill your time. :-)  Still, I'm not quite ready to relinquish the blogosphere to every one else. So, in the infamous words of Bro. Jerry, "Here we go again!"*

I have a friend. Suffice it to say that she is my blogging hero. Recently, she posted a Photo a Day plan for her blog.**  And, because she is my blogging hero, I've decided - with her permission of course - to jump on board.  No promises as to how long this will stretch.  We've already established that my "a Day" plans don't always follow the standard 24 hour interval. 

Day #1 - A Photo of You

This is a photo of me taken about 1.5 years ago by my niece MooMaLa. 
She was 4 yrs old at the time. Not too bad, huh?

*See the About Panama tab for more info on the original phrase...

Day one: a photo of you.

Day two: a photo of yourself at least a year ago.
Day three: a photo that makes you happy.
Day four: a photo of a place you'd like to visit.
Day five: a photo that makes you laugh.
Day six: a photo of someone you love.
Day seven: a photo of something you stand for.
Day eight: a photo of something you enjoy doing.
Day nine: a photo of yourself when you were a baby.
Day ten: any photo you like for any reason.
Day eleven: a photo of a night you loved.
Day twelve: a photo of when you were happy.
Day thirteen: a photo of one of your favorite movies.
Day fourteen: a photo of your best friend (s).
Day fifteen: a photo of you and a family member.
Day sixteen: a photo from your childhood.
Day seventeen: a photo from a trip you'll never forget.
Day eighteen: a photo of your town.
Day nineteen: a photo of your favorite thing from school.
Day twenty: a photo of something you ate today.
Day twenty-one: a photo of somebody you find attractive.
Day twenty-two: a photo that you associate a good memory with.
Day twenty-three: a photo of something you want to do someday.
Day twenty-four: a photo of what you want to be when you grow up.
Day twenty-five: a photo that inspires you.
Day twenty-six: a photo of your favorite subject in school.
Day twenty-seven: a photo of something you are looking forward to.
Day twenty-eight: a photo of something/somebody that made your day.
Day twenty-nine: a photo of your favorite person from history.
Day thirty: a photo you find beautiful