Monday, October 26, 2009


Oh, you are lovely. You are. Thank you for your kindness, and for offering me the comfort of being known. How sweet that is. It is indeed a sad and reflective time.

Which may explain the French fries over at family.com. For some people, comfort food is oatmeal and scrambled eggs. For others, it is salty grease. Hello!

And meanwhile--the crackers! Who knew? I read other people's food blogs, and it's all, "These look great!" And "Thanks for another super-duper recipe!" But if you think that for one second I would trade your frank crankiness, merciless teasing, or grumpy skepticism, then you really don't know me. I do love you. (Not that I don't love you when you're appreciative too, of course!)

xo

[Edited to add: That's a sad Birdy after she did her own crown tattoo and didn't realize she was putting it in her hair. I just thought that picture so perfectly conveyed the way I feel sometimes.]

23 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:12 PM

    what is wrong with poor little Birdy? she is so sad looking...

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  2. That is the saddest picture of all time, and I am driving to the store RIGHT NOW to buy her a new crown tattoo, and also a big cake, and also a pony, and also a THIRD crown tattoo in case there is another Miscalculation.

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  3. oh my goodness, she is so sad & yet so precious at the same time. Tell her that it stills looks beautiful - and crowns sometimes DO cover the hair :)

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  4. What a sad little face! Dear Birdy, I hope you're happier today.
    Much love Catherine! And happy Halloween! Yeah! 5 more days!
    (who's counting?)

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  5. French fries?!! Right on, sister! That's my kind of comfort food too, and these look scrumptious. Why the cornstarch though??

    Birdy's face and tears and sorry tattoo just about broke my heart. Pass the fries!

    xo,
    Kiki

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  6. Really, you'd wish for justice? Here is one of my favorite quotes of all time:

    "Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy." -G. K. Chesterton

    I wonder what that says about you... and what it says about me?

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  7. Poor Birdy! I hope she has a shiny new tattoo somewhere by now.

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  8. Tina G9:57 PM

    I am with swistle- I was thinking- OMG, I would so just go right out and buy another one, even if it meant going to (gasp) "walmart" or someplace awful like that. Poor Birdy. I am so sad for her. Hopefully that picture was snapped days ago- so I'll console myself knowing she's moved on to other things :^)

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  9. ::hugs:: to Birdy.

    And you KNOW we adore you.

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  10. Anonymous11:03 AM

    After discovering you through Wondertime and reading your blog loyally for the past year, I'm finally reserving some time to read "Waiting for Birdy." Almost every night, with my 3-year-old drifting off beside me, I lie in bed laughing and crying and inspired and comforted. Your writing is amazing, and your message is invaluable. This is what I've learned from you: Enjoy and appreciate it all. I'm learning (or trying to) not to let the little details bother me (last night I was comforted by your observation that most 3-year-olds ARE sleeping in their parents' bedroom -- what varies is the parents' level of denial.) And, you're right, so much of it is NOT a big deal.
    Anyway, thank you! Thank you for writing your book, for continuing with your blog and for sharing your thoughts with your readers. We appreciate you! (And I'm ordering two more copies of your book on Amazon today to give to friends who, I know, will love it.)

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  11. Anonymous4:25 PM

    I was thinking the same thing about the Fancy Cracker comments! We don't pull any punches, do we? I love that. We gush, we applaud, we grumble, we whine. Keeping it real. --CathyK

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  12. I enjoyed the cracker column, but I admit, I will *never* make the crackers, or at least not until every last child in my house is wiping his and her own butt, proficiently. And even then, I'll probably just get a kitten, seems easier.
    Thanks as always for the flawless writing!

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  13. Those french fries are awesome. Made some for lunch yesterday and not 5 minutes after I finished eating them (with the spicy mayo), started nodding off right at the table. We call that a potato coma. Take care! So sorry about your friend.

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  14. such a sad photo! it probably hurt to get out of her hair, too :( We have had lots of those temporary tattoo accidents at our place.....

    I haven't commented in a long time but still enjoy your blog and columns very much... happy Fall :)

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  15. I love BJCuatroCinco's comment that "You should be a lawyer. For food."

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  16. Birdy is far from being alone. I saw that same face on my own daughter last night when I crawled into her bed at 7PM after a long day of work. It was what prompted me to rearrange my work schedule. So much for 3 nights/week "off" while Papa picks up the kids from school. It's all an adjustment - like the tattoo - a work in progress.

    Catch ya later - lovely post as usual.

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  17. Oh, catherine. There isn't much to say that helps heal the loss of a friend. But you are in my thoughts, all the same. And my, those tears. We all deserve a good cry over broken crowns now and then, don't we?

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  18. it stills looks beautiful - and crowns sometimes DO cover the hair :) Work from home India

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  19. She can be a drama princess? I've never known a kid who would pose for a shot while crying. She's so sad...

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  20. Anonymous10:57 PM

    So funny...I've been reading your stuff and your pictures have been on my computer for so long my kids now think they know you (and your kids). Kels saw Birdy's pic and said "Why is Birdy so sad?? Hey! When are we having a playdate with her?" If only...lol

    ~Lainey

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  21. she is so sad & yet so precious at the same time.
    loan audit

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  22. For me the comforting food is ice cream!

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  23. Agreed! I enjoyed the cracker column, but I admit, I will *never* make the crackers, or at least not until every last child in my house is wiping his and her own butt, proficiently. Thanks.

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