Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stodge Podge

Warning!: I'm feeling a little soft on the inside.

In a good way.

I'm not going to go smearing Ugly Cry on your sleeve or anything, but I'm tied loosely nostalgic at the middle tonight, and grateful to the raggedy ends of my locks.

I guess a day topped-off with a bow-tied visitor bearing Swedish pastries will do that to a girl.

What started with mad dashes and soggy hair-dos and fusses mellowed into old-friend hugs, rain boots all around, and the kind of talks you might have with a friend who knew you from back-when, but who didn't really know you.

We mental-pictured the same little town, we smelled the same varnishy scent of the same little school. We rearranged things we thought we knew for sure and lamented the state of "the young'uns these days" with our legs crossed identically at the knees. We acknowledged our stodginess.

He moved on down the road and the babies woke up happy and the house filled up again with noise and spills and lock-eyed talks about what honesty really means.

I am the luckiest gal, for living this unexpected life. I'm learning new truths about myself and shucking the old lies like a bad shirt.

I'm square-dancing on common ground and waltzing across a wide floor of New.

I'm finding plenty of room in here.

I'm finding that "old" is quite relative and stodginess, in the grand scheme of things, is underrated.

(This one's for you, Jason!)


  1. I love NEW! It looks awfully good on you! :)

    And Hm. You're a darn. good. writer.

  2. "I'm learning new truths about myself and I'm shucking the old lies like a bad shirt." I love that line. What a great lesson.

  3. Your posts have a way of putting into order all of the little and big words flitting about in my head. I come away grateful.


  4. keep shucking those old lies, girl! praise jesus for on time friends.
    your beauty just bursts through these words, blessing my soul.
    so thankful for you.

  5. Wonderful Post flowing with Gratitude of a life You Love!

  6. What a GREAT post!!!!!
    Have a pretty day!

  7. I like stodgy. Stodgy is good. So is old-fogeyism. Those little figurines brought a smile to my face.

  8. "I am the luckiest gal, for living this unexpected life."

    I feel like I would like this to be my personal subtitle.

  9. Shucking old lies and embracing new sounds like a perfect place to be. I loved this beautifully written post!

  10. don't know what you were talking about exactly but it was beautiful...simply poetic. love the shucking off of old lies. LOVE THAT! me too!!!

  11. Your figurine and flower photos made my morning!

    Also: your ability (or more likely, the work you do) to see life positively is always very encouraging. :-)

    The shucking of the old is always great to do in the spring.

    Ruby and Calvin look so mature in that last photo! So darling.

    Loved this!!

  12. Visiting with you and your family was the highlight of my day yesterday. I'm looking forward to a summer barbecue with our respective misters!

  13. Starting off the post with the warning was wonderful, because I have days where I feel that same way, and I know people won't get the change in me. :) Beautiful writing!

  14. I love reading the blog of someone who genuinely loves her life, the good and the messy!

  15. i need more info on the froggy treats. and stodgy has its own sheen. embrace the stodgy.

  16. I love the way you express yourself. Also loving the kid pic at the end. Awesome!!!

  17. would you get that book done already? your writing is something to marvel at!

  18. I consider myself quite fortuitous that, in the midst of all of the "shucking of the old" going on over on the Flowerpatch Farm, I, myself, am relatively new.

    Admist the words I search with urgency the plunder for a clever cogitation in regards to this compilation of expression drenched in honey and lined up neatly on the countertop. You gave me so little to work with.

    You are a rock star.

  19. your little bits faces are so stinkin cute!! what lovely kids!

  20. I'm so lucky to have stumbled across this blog tonight! I can't stop reading through your older entries. True serendipity.

  21. Your kids faces your writing.. sweet just sweet