Friday, March 13, 2009

Be It Ever So Humble...

Our twins are seven, yet the occasions when I've been away from them overnight can be counted on less than a single hand. (and yes, I only have five fingers on each -- despite my Seussian tendencies...)

Double Daddy, when he was still working on Circuit City's broadcast advertising team, frequently had instances in which he'd be gone upwards of four or more days -- on a shoot, supervising focus groups, attending the National Association of Broadcasters' convention or the like. His returns were marked by a wide array of welcoming devices: door-mounted posters, sidewalk chalk artistry, balloons held by running, hug-ready children (and a wife, too) at the gate.

Last weekend, the finger representing my absence #4 was spoken for as I participated in the Fishful Thinking "Parenting for Possibilities" Symposium and faculty training session in White Plains, New York. Sunday afternoon, I returned home; toting abundant affection for newly-met, similarly minded mothers, as well as a mental carry-on chock full of positive parenting practices ready to implement -- and share.

In addition to smiling faces and tight embraces (apparently ones that crossed designated security lines -- our apologies to the TSA), there was sentimental signage:
Look closely. In addition to my realistically depicted lush lashes, clutched in my drawn doppelganger's grasp is a goldfish cracker!

Such is my photo for a first foray into Photo Story Friday...hosted by the amazing Cecily (one of the moms for whom I'm now harboring abundant affection). If you haven't visited her blog, DO!
PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek



While you're hopping around the web make a point to go visit Tiffany (another mom for whom I'm now harboring abundant affection), one of the headmistresses of SITS, and host of her own blog, The R Family Diaries complete with her new weekly feature, Fishful Thinking Fridays!

Happy Friday, Friends! (What are you up to this weekend?)
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14 comments:

Cecily R said...

Cheryl, you are HAWT. Your lashes are so lush...how do you do it???

LOve the sign. And your amazing way with words. My affection for you is equally abundant.

I added your link to Mr. Linky by the way...he likes me more today I guess. :)

Laura said...

:)

Terra said...

That is so sweet. Lauren's latest drawings were saying goodbye to RIley. I like yours better...well, not really - I like Lauren's because she did them but yours because it is happier!

Brandi said...

Awwwww! What good sweet children you have!

Leigh Anne said...

that's so sweet! i'm very excited for moments like that...where they show you how special you are to them...

Barbara Manatee said...

Sarah is so sweet and thoughtful...hmmm...wonder where she gets it?? ;-)

Jules said...

Your kids are so artistic and creaive!! I bet that made your heart smile when you seen your welcome home sign?

Take care!! ;0)

Wayne said...

what a wonderful story and I love the drawing in the photo

Michelle said...

Aww! What a great welcome home gift! I was greeted by little hands wanting to know what I brought them... lots and lots of Goldfish crackers.

Tiffany said...

Wow. That looks exactly like you. Amazing.
My dear, the crush is totally mutual.
We need an excuse to meet up again!

Missy said...

Cheryl, I am in awe at your childrens' talents. I love that they thought about putting a fish in your hand!

noble pig said...

So sweet! I went on a four day cruise once and by the end of the second day.. it was too much for me.

Rachael said...

cheryl, that is just beyond sweet, the drawing of your hand clutching a goldfish.

cat said...

Oh what a cool picture! So glad you had a great time.