Monday, February 25, 2013

Claire, Our Little Player

Dear Claire,

This weekend you had this conversation with Daddy in the car:

Daddy: "I love you Claire."

Dead Silence

Daddy: "I love you, I love you, I love you Claire."

Dead Silence

Daddy: "Claire?"

Claire: "I heard you Daddy."


That's right girl, you're young, keep 'em guessing!

Love Mom

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wired for Struggle

Dear Claire,

Life is not always easy.  Things, crazy things, hard things, sad things, and really odd things, are going to be thrown at you.  As your mother it is my natural instinct to want to protect you from all of these things.

It's my instinct to want to jump in, rescue you, and save the day!

I will. And I won't.

If you're in immediate danger - I'm there for you kiddo.  If you've fallen way down the rabbit hole - I'm there for you kiddo.  If you ask for help - I'm there for you kiddo.

But...all humans are wired for struggle.  You are meant to fall down, you are meant to have your heart broken, you are meant to get picked last for the team.  You are meant to fail a test, come fourth place, and lose friends along the way.

Your brain wants you to get back up, it will help you find love again, and it will encourage you to try again, and it will lead you to new friendships.

Your brain will stop doing all these amazing and wonderful things for you, if I am always there to do them for you.  Your brain likes practice.  Your brain needs to learn from each of your little struggles so that it is there to help you when the big ones come along.

And the truth is, I can't always be there for you.  That's why you have you.  And you, are the strongest, most capable, most brave, most "cry for a bit and then pick yourself back up" person ever.  I know you're this way because it's genetic.  It's in your DNA.  You were born strong and everything you'll ever need can be found inside of you. 

So I encourage you to embrace the struggles!  Meet them at the front door, welcome them in and learn from them.  This is the best way to live and the only way to learn.  Triumph is not in the easy wins, it lies in the struggle.

Can't wait to watch you overcome,
Love Mom.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Timeless Tuesday - The Last Hollywood Star

Dear Claire,

Once upon a time (I think it was the 90's) people loved movie starts and rock stars and we loved hearing about them from time to time in the newspaper and seeing them at award shows. 

But things have changed and now they're everywhere and we're right there with them.  We're watching them brush their teeth, argue with their families, give birth, go shopping, and do a million other mindless activities.  It's called reality-TV.  It's called US Weekly.  It's called TMZ.

As much as I love it, I hate it.  It leaves no mystery to celebrities and when you see them in a movie all you can think about is "I wonder if she brings her tiny dog to the set everyday in that little Louis Vuitton carry all?"  Or.."I wonder if he filmed this before or after re-hab".  It really kills a movie.

There are a few exceptions to this rule and one of them is my favourite...Leonardo Dicaprio.  Man this guy is good at staying out of the tabloids.  Sure we all know that he only dates models and that he loves his Prius...but that's about it.  I haven't seen his house on MTV, he clearly doesn't shop at 'The Grove' or eat at 'Nobu' because he's never on TMZ and he only does interviews when promoting his work.  Love it.

The best part is, when he's acting in a film, you belive he's the character.  You're not wondering about his personal life, you're solely focused on the film.

Love it.  Love you Leo.  Love you Claire.