Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DO pineapples mean hospitality?

Ever since we took a family trip to the coast of Maine a few years ago, Sweet Mesquite fell in love with all the golden pineapples that adorned local homes and business signs.
It's generally a historic area with many old homes from the 1700s. We told her that the pineapple is a sign of hospitality.
She became infatuated with pineapples; especially the golden ones. Now, even when we travel without her, the rank of siblings is quick to point out (in mysterious-sounding voices) "Look! A golden pineapple!" after which there is a shout out to document it for Mesquite.
And then look at just how enthusiastically they put on their best hospitable faces.
Maybe I'm confusing the meaning; maybe pineapples are a symbol of hostility.
Perhaps we need to re-visit the meaning of hospitality.

Boston Marathon 2014 - #BostonStrong!

Patriot's Day/Marathon Monday is Boston's BEST day.
This year was no exception... especially as we remembered last year.
We shared, mourned, felt pride and celebrated.
We got there extra early to hold down our spot, came prepared to support runners we knew personally and all runners; each has a story. We soaked in the spirit of every minute at mile 19.

*I"m inserting this comment a day later. I heard a great back-story on the winner of the men's division, who is shown below. His name is Meb Keflezighi. He's a 38 year old resident of California.  His official winning time was 2:08:37. He was at the 2013 marathon as a spectator. He was so moved by everything that happened, that he vowed on that very day to train to WIN the 2014 Boston Marathon for the victims of the bombing. He worked HARD for 365 days, and he came back with the names of the four victims written in each of the four corners of his bib, and WON. His is a story of resiliency and determination. He's the first American man to win the marathon since 1983.

*and HERE is the story for the man you see in the picture below:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday will always be GREAT to me

My second child was born on good Friday.
That's usually the first thing I think about...
How his birth forever made good Friday not just good,
but GREAT! Friday.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

That's some gigantic shelf bling

In keeping with the theme of dishing out accolades, I almost forgot to mention Enrique and the biggest trophy he's ever earned. Actually, he thinks it might be the ONLY trophy.

Enrique is the president of his fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.
He's spent many long hours devoted to this brotherhood, and made plenty of personal sacrifices in their behalf. Countless hours and a tireless commitment paid off a few weeks ago at the Northeast District Convention when his chapter (the Epsilon Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi) won the District's Top Chapter Award. 
Congratulations, Presidente!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

blowing the whistle on the newest ref

It's official.
SHE's official.
She's THE official.
Leeli made her refereeing debut on Saturday.
She loved it, was VERY official, and now has a real (paying!) job for the Spring.