|At the Seashore by Edward Henry Potthast|
It has been a long weekend, in several senses of the word. My grandma passed away recently; her funeral and memorial service were on Friday. Everyone who could (and there were a lot of us) packed up and drove to Fremont, Ohio, where she lived almost her entire life. The services were really lovely. It was sweet to recall all the memories we have of Grandma, and it was good to see so many extended family members, since we are geographically far-flung and don't have the opportunity to get together very often.
Time for parental bragging. Ellie is the best traveler you can imagine. She had to sit in her carseat for about eight hours each way, not to mention all the running around while in Fremont, the new people, the odd schedule, the unfamiliar sleeping environment . . . but she seemed entirely unfazed.
Both she and I did pick up a bad cold, and I ended up with quite a few contractions on the trip back. So today all of us stayed home from church to recuperate, with the help of lots of elderberry, vitamin C, and Vivaldi.
Now links. I have a lot.
Some excellent articles about parenthood: "Mothering in the Internet Age" by Betsy Childs, "A Mother's Repentance" by Rebecca Reynolds, and "The Cult of Kiddie Danger" by Lenore Skenazy.
Today it is a sin — and sometimes a crime — not to imagine your children dead the moment [you] take your eyes off them. The moment they skip to school with a Chapstick, wait in the car a minute, or play at the park. We think we are enlightened in this quest to keep kids completely safe. Actually, we have entered a new Dark Ages, fearing evil all around us.About food and home: a fascinating interview with Christopher Kimball, founder of Cooks Illustrated, and thoughts on the true nature of "home economics" by Daniel Bearman.
Just plain interesting: 10 ways that companies can trick you into buying more, from Money magazine, and "Why We Don't Need Mrs. Jesus" by Maureen Farrell Garcia at CT.
We don’t need Jesus to be married to know that he was fully human—our orthodox conception of Christ as the God-Man already demonstrates that. We don’t need a female deity to affirm the value of women—the One who created both sexes in the image of God does that already.