Saturday, December 5, 2009


Ben and I used to joke about what it was like in a big family. Dad would look out the door and say "It is so hot, some people might go to the beach..." That was it. We would all look at one another and know that through the mystery of the "grapevine of the house", the entire family would go to bed with their bathing suits on. We would tell Dad, you said, we were going to the beach. That is the truth of life in the big family. We major in disappointments in a big family. We learn to live in the light of disappointments and finding joy in the friendship of having to live with eachother. Enjoying oneanother's company, no matter what. That was how we talked about it before we had children.
Yesterday, was that kind of disappointment for our big family. TRANNY problems with the car kept us from our first Christmas activity of the Walker family Christmas season. So, we couldn't go to the Billy Graham Library Christmas lights. AWWWW!
Are you sure? I said to "Dad" Ben. I am sure he said, on his way to work.
The whole house was in that ever-familiar funk, called disappointments.
The younger fellows contented themselves on the Wii. After a time of sympathy we started a game of cards that became a cheerful time of joking and laughing with the crew.
I think that is the dynamic of family, learning to create fun out of disappointments. The teamwork of necessity becoming the mother of invention and the hope that a new tranny will allow us to get where we need to go and home again day after day.
I am very thankful for the dynamic that makes the people that I love dear to me. The many times that we went to bed with our bathing suits on and woke up to a rain storm and the fun of dancing like Santa's reindeer in the living room are the memories that make us long to recreate that mystery of family again and again for generations. Love to you!

1 comment:

Joanne Bodden said...

Wow what a great post! I felt like I as there. I hope the transmission is fixable~ my mechanic says it is a big problem~So I am so glad you guys were wise enough not to venture out & get stranded.
Now with the age of DVD's and Telecasts you will be able to relive the lighting event in the comfort of your home You can even put up fabric to really feel as if you are in a big tent! (LOL) Just kidding I know Billy is above the tent. Anyway you are right about sharing disappointment together it makes it all seem much lighter and we no so bad! Love this thanks Jayne:)

Title- The Studious One!

Title-  The Studious One!
artwork by Elyse

Of biscuits and syrup

Of biscuits and syrup
tasty treats

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday!
a day at the Raptor Center.

Widdle Emmie in outer space school

Emmie jumped on the bus and off it flew out into the atmosphere. There was a set of clouds with turbulence right above the house and it took a few minutes for my Emmie to buckle her seatbelt. They hit the bump hard and it knocked my Emmie out of her seat and she bumped her head. The video camera came on and the monitor looked through and stated, Ms. Emmie, where are you? You are not in your seat. Where are you? I am alright I fell because I hadn’t buckled correctly. Well jump up Emmie we have a long way to go and you have to be buckled there is entirely too much turbulence in the stratosphere for you to unbuckle now. As soon as we are through this weather system there will be straight sailing but right now you must buckle. Emmie scrambled into the seat with intensity and purpose now. She watched every cloud pass her window and her nose was pressed to the window trying to see the top of the house as it drifted slowly out of sight. Soon they were not only out of sight of the house, the sun came out brightly and just as quickly they were putting on the atmospherical breathing apparatus and the outerspherical lights. The ABA and the OL. These precautions were to make them appear to be satellites to the radar as they were out in the ionosphere. Emmie knew all about this now. She had gone to the orientation and had a good breakfast and it took them 20 minutes for her to get out past the atmospherical pull and to feel the zero gravity. It would be 15 minutes before the gravity simulators would take effect, a glitch in the system which was being worked on. Until then, they enjoyed the couple of minutes of floatation, while being connected to the seats by belt. The first thing they saw everyday was the strataflotsam. The items which had been dumped into the atmosphere by earlier generations. What would their generation do about this ecological waste area that remained floating above their heads? This was a question for the generations. For now it was the area that they had to guide through on the way to school.

Midnight at the OASIS

Midnight at the OASIS
Sunset in Huntersville

My little Emmie

ran to the bus on the first day of the last year of school. 2 buns on the side of her head. She kissed me and ran at dawn to the bus. She was starting the adventure of a lifetime. I would never see that little girl again, she was going to woman school!

My Father and I 1989

My Father and I 1989

to the tune of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme


Are you going to Mary Immaculate?

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Remember me to the one who lived there,

He once was a true love of mine,

Tell him to buy me an acre of land,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Between the muddy Hudson in Jamaica Bay,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to sow in it seeds of pure cream,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And build Ice cream mountains and buildings of whipped cream,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to reap them with sickles of M&M’s,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And chew bubble gum and eat till we’re done,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell him to run it off down the motor parkway,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

After your done 50 pushups

and jog down the West Side Highway,

Then he’ll be a true love of mine…

(Don’t wait for me today dad, The kids are sick again, My tummy’s bulging again, My heart is aching again, And now there’s no love there…)

He once was, a true love of mine….So, Girls, I do beg you don't miss your Daddy,Apricots, Chocolate cherries and Pie,You have one short chance to see him on this side, Go visit him and let your light shine.