Prompt #2:

Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. The force of character is cumulative. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tracks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.



As it turned out, there was still plenty of time for rainbows.



(Apart from the prompt… Above: Katie played as a colorful fairy, as we spent a couple of hours outdoors this morning filling our birdfeeders, organizing facets of our garage/shed, swinging, and singing. Later, we found spare crepe paper in the garage left over from her 2nd birthday party. After browsing around online and getting various ideas (Thanks, Crafty Mom!), I twisted it up into rosettes, cut a wreath from the cardboard box of Costco baby diapers, padded it with plastic grocery bags, and wrapped it with crepe paper. Katie glued the rosettes on, and we chose a ribbon. Not a bad little (FREE!) decoration for the kiddos’ bathroom—which I have been feeling is in dire need of some livening up).

By the way, I have had a long, long, long time intellectual crush on Mr. Emerson—ever since studying Self-Reliance with Mrs. Cutler for the Academic Decathlon as a sophomore in high school. This project is reminding me of all the many, many reasons I adore Emerson’s writing and his message. He is one those “If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead” people I always think of when I see that question. Except that I might be a little intimidated…!