Monday, July 30, 2007

Heart to Heart

Carson: Dad. Do you know what “The 70’s are?”

Me: The 70’s? Sure. I was born in the 60’s. I was a little boy in the 70’s. I went to High School in the 80’s, I married mommy in the 90’s and we had you and Calleigh in the 2000’s. That a lot of years, huh?

Carson: Yeah, I guess. Dad, did you know when I jump off the side of the pool and spin in mid-air, that’s called “The 70’s”?

Me: Um….don’t you mean….a “360”?

Carson: Yeah. That’s what I meant.

Me: Good talk son.

Friday, July 13, 2007

For Those About to Rock, We Salute You

Scene from the Crumrine family car-

Calleigh: {Looks quietly over at Carson and flashes him the "Longhorn" sign.}
Carson: MOM! Calleigh just flashed me the Longhorn sign!! She KNOWS I like the Aggies!!
Parent (Does it really matter which one?) : Just look out your own windows and leave each other alone!
Calleigh: {After waiting to be sure neither parental unit is watching- again flashes the "Longhorn" sign.}
Parent: Calleigh! Please don't bother your brother and please stop flashing him the "Longhorn" sign. Carson, just look out your window and ignore her.
Calleigh: {Looks over at Carson. Slowly......defiantly........looking straight at him........raises only her pinky ( gotta love her style)}
Carson: MOOOOMMMMM!!!!!


Obviously, Calleigh takes after me and Carson after his mother. I'm just sayin'.

Several days later, I'm trying to explain to Carson why Calleigh does things like the "Longhorn" sign. I tell him "Calleigh really does love you. She thinks you're a cool big brother and she just wants to interact with you. She doesn't always know the words to say, so she does things that she knows will get a reaction from you."

As I said, Calleigh takes after me. However, she has an excuse. She is four. I am not.

There are times that words are spontaneous and easy flowing. I know for us, there are also times that communication does not come easy. We know that we need and want to interact and are seeking genuine responses but we either don't have the words or are just too lazy and we end up giving each other the "Longhorn" sign or the verbal equivalent thereof. I guess we never totally grow out of it.

Lucky for me, my family knows sign language.

Gig -em.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

What does it all mean?

While the world turns through the ages
It's a most peculiar ride
Holding on to one another
Moving at the speed of life
We just go on at the speed of life
Family on the midway in the carnival lights
Moving in a circle through the sounds and the lights
And it all goes by at the speed of life
- Jude Cole

Jude Cole is a singer/songwriter that we have loved for a long time. Something about his songs resonate with us. The words tend to be descriptive yet raw, realistic and truthful. I guess this is kind of the point we find ourselves at right now. We get up in the morning- manage to remind each other that we're glad to be waking up next to each other, and the day takes off. Work, school, errands, sick kids, lunches, appointments, meetings, church, rehearsals, driving, reading, phone calls, emails-STUFF. Constantly. It can all be overwhelming. That's why this particular song just.....fits. "Holding on to one another, moving at the speed of life."

Whatever speed your life might be currently moving, hope you're remembering to hold on to one another.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Here we go-

Everyone else is doing it. Why shouldn't we? If everyone else jumped off a bridge.......... blah blah blah.

This is the Crumrine foray into the wonderful world of blogging. We'll start out simple and see how it goes.