Warm Fires

Currently wearing: short denim skirt, black v-neck tee, black leather choker, black boots, shiver.
Currently reading: Nobody’s Baby Now: Reinventing Your Adult Relationship With Your Mother and Father – Susan Newman, Ph. D.
Currently listening to: The Farrelly brothers on Fresh Air.
Currently munching on: red & green M&Ms.
Currently loving: Scrooge – over and over. I cannot see it enough, I tell you.

A whomper today with Natalie. I’m really tired, but feeling positive.

Have you heard this story about Strom Thurmond and his daughter? Here’s the CNN article in which his family confirms her claim. Wow. I’d say that’s kind of like getting a blow job in the Oval Office. Only much, much more hypocritical. With respect to the dead, I’ll only say this and then let it go: it’s time we all realize that no politician or leader is perfectly morally upright (except maybe Jimmy Carter), and that it’s time to focus on the things that matter. Like whether or not our leaders manufacture reasons to go to war in order to get re-elected.

But let’s not dwell in the mundanities of politics, hm? Despite wars and Ann Coulter and family drama and many moments of self-doubt, I whole-heartedly admit that life is good. I’m grateful for it all.

Especially my D. One of my favorite snapshots of late has to be this:

Late Saturday evening. A light snowfall muffles sounds of traffic in my neighborhood. Upon D’s suggestion, we are sitting on comfy couches in Caribou Coffee, in a corner full of windows. The airy, cold flakes softy fall outside. I sip a warm Falalala-latte (espresso & foamed eggnog – a rare caffeine indulgence) and watch him, brow furrowed, typing in his laptop. He is writing notes to himself, capturing some lessons he’s learned recently in a seminar about conflict management – lessons he is eager to use in our daily lives because he is so good that way. I smile at him and happily sink back into my book, knowing we’ll go home soon where I can fall asleep with my head on his chest.

5 thoughts on “Warm Fires

  1. Hm. “I’d say that’s kind of like getting a blow job in the Oval Office” – don’t know that I agree with that statement, but thanks for the link.
    I’ll enjoy reading up on it when I get my first cup of Jo in me.

    Glad to hear all is well with you two. Y’all are so cute.

    Let me know if that book delivers what it’s title promises. Sounds like something maybe I should read.


  2. What a snapshot. Nearly made me misty. (Don’t tell anyone!) I hope that warm and wonderful feeling lasts forever. You so deserve it.
    Happy Holidays.


  3. Good morning!

    I live in South Carolina, & Strom was representing this state in the Senate long before I was born. Here’s the interesting thing, from my perspective. The story of Essie Mae was covered as “breaking news” which, to most of the nation, I’m sure it was. But it was never a secret around here. It was widely known that she was Strom’s daughter, & that he paid her way through South Carolina State & gave her money to live on.

    I don’t think that Strom Thurmond deserves to be canonized, as some around here would do, but I’m not sure that he deserves to be vilified, as some in the press have done. He was a flawed & imperfect person, as we all are. As a young man, he made a mistake, but he never lied about her, nor did he shun her or refuse to help support her. I know fathers who have done worse by their children.

    Just a thought…


    P.S. What did you think of “Nickel and Dimed”? It’s one of my favorites.


  4. I’m with you on the Strom bit, Meg. It’s his preaching against sex when it comes to everyone else that’s the problem. And I’m so with you on Jimmy C. bit – he’s the coolest 🙂

    And, thanks for glimpse – that’s the best thing I’ve seen so far to get me in the holiday mood (well, that and Scrooge, of course).


  5. Happy eggnog & coffee to you! I was actually fantasizing about that tonight – so I bought some eggnog. Yum!! And thanks for the congrats.


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