“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs…jolted by every pebble on the road.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
After raising our four uniquely amazing, exhaustingly energetic and superbly creative kids – and living to tell the tale – my husband and I now find ourselves doing it all again, raising our granddaughter. We’ve found that having a sense of humor is the only way to survive the pebbles on life’s road. Especially when they’re the size of boulders.
We try each day to keep our wagon springs well-oiled with a liberal sense of humor as we travel life’s pebble-strewn road. I’ve found I love writing this stuff down. Maybe to prolong the joy of the humor? I’m not sure why, but I feel compelled nevertheless
In keeping with the pebbly rock theme, but really to prevent weirdo strangers from discovering our family’s identity, I will be referring to the following people (should I happen to blog about them) as:
- Our Family: We’re the Stones, of course!
- Me: Mai (acronym for My alias is) Stone, Mrs. Stone, Me, Myself and I
- Husband: Mr. Stone, The Rock, My Rock, or just plain Rock. Because he is, and has always been, my rock. Really. I couldn’t make it without him and his strength. Also, sometimes he’s kinda stubborn. You know, in an unmovable rock-hard kinda way. I may at times refer to him as Rocky, Rocco, or maybe even Mr. Gibraltar, or any other rock-type derivative that pops into my head. I like to be flexible that way.
- Granddaughter: Pebbles, because she’s the smallest gem in our collection. The Rock and I have been raising her since she was four months old because her mommy, our daughter #2, Sapphire, was a drug addict.
- Daughter #1: Zani for her birthstone Tanzanite. Discovered in Tanzania, treasured for its rich color, beauty and brilliance, vivid in saturation, and commands premium prices. If you know her, you know how well many words in this description fit her.
- Daughter #2, Pebbles’ mommy: Sapphire, because it’s her birthstone. Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. Sapphire fits her because she is our angel in heaven. She left us a month before her daughter’s third birthday.
- Son #1: Magneto for Magnetite, which is strongly magnetic. It was used by the ancient Chinese to make the first magnetic compasses. If you know him, you know how magnetic his personality is, and how sure and steady he has set the course of his life.
- Son #2: Xander for the rare gemstone Alexandrite, a truly uncomplicated and understated stone whose uniqueness and high value are not evident at first sight. Alexandrite is said to aid in creativity and imagination and to help the wearer discover new ways forward when logic will not provide an answer. If you know him you know how well this describes him.
- OCD Louie: Since he is such a big part of my life, my family page wouldn’t be complete without an entry for OCD Louie. If I had to give Louie a mineral name it would be wollastonite as it has been described as the most annoying mineral because of all of the tiny splinters it gives off. Louie’s sole purpose in life is to drive me crazy. So it fits.
Header Photo: Two-year-old Pebbles’ chubby little feet on a pebble road.
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