The thought of it sent my head spinning.
For the A to Z Challenge today, V is for Vertigo. The past two years, that’s what I thought I’d get if I accepted the A to Z Challenge. Post, every day? On every letter? And read five post on other blogs – every day? That’s my inner ear turning salchows on my cerebellum.
But here I am, dizzy as hell, but sitting on V.
It’s been an incredible adventure. Thank you for sticking around. I haven’t answered email and comments very quickly since April 1. Regular farm-fresh blogging three times a week will be easy as Sunday morning. So will some welcome visits to your blogs!
Down the stretch I come, with a second edition of “I believe.” What do you believe? Share it in comments!
1. I believe when kids curse, it’s funnier than grownups falling down. Only slightly.
2. I believe fathering daughters isn’t always easy. My smiles aren’t reciprocated. A dad must believe his mission is the most important thing he’ll ever do, though.
3. I believe snow days shouldn’t be scheduled. They should always be on God’s shuffle for the Carolinas.
4. I believe fish hooks eventually dissolve in fish. I really do.
5. I believe the first thing is love, isn’t it? We don’t need religion for that.
6. I believe kids should come with eating profiles. They should wear these around their necks so we parents can keep it straight.
7. I believe corn flakes should exist solely for chicken breading and casseroles.
8. I believe in love, peace and Frosted Flakes.
9. I believe when someone we love overcomes an obstacle, it gives us strength to take on our own hurdles.
10. I believe I’m most comfortable, for better or worse, in the mom blogger department. I tried the dads, and didn’t fit. At least here, I can be a guppy among angelfish.
11. I believe I’d be happiest in a room with lots of windows and snacks where I could write. There’d be lots of love and room for everyone.
12. I believe tofu to be a horrible contradiction to my carnivorous core.
13. I believe there are few accomplishments as gratifying as coaxing your baby to sleep in your arms.
14. I believe R2-D2 T-shirts should come in men’s sizes, suction-cup toothbrushes should come in man-sized, too.
15. I believe playing hockey and being a boy are both hard work.
16. I believe there are different ways to motivate. But the key is to make a child believe their participation and progress is their choice.
17. I believe Mr. Blue Sky doesn’t answer all of life’s questions, but it puts fatherhood into perspective for me. That’s better than all the answers.
18. I believe when I misplace stuff, like my phone or glasses or back scratcher, it’s best to look in a spot next to something I’ve picked up to eat.
19. I believe it’s a big deal when the ponytail does great things, and although we should wish that it wouldn’t matter, I’m glad that it does.
20. I believe no matter how we feel we might struggle as parents, if we’re tuned in to our kids, we’re doing vast amounts of good.
21. I believe it’s cool to hear my daughter sing songs my dad introduced me to.
22. I believe if you buy loud and horrible toys for someone else’s kids, it’s the equivalent of lofting that first nuclear missile.
23. I believe as kids get older, you gravitate toward cheap food, in bulk. Frozen waffles, chicken nuggets, stuff like that. It’s like feeding lions at the zoo.
24. I believe recipes that call for egg whites aren’t fit to be fixed, let alone pinned. Take the whole egg, or nothing at all.
25. I believe it’s tough to be a kid and an NFL fan in the free-agent era. You must go through many jerseys.
26. I believe in sparkle.
27. I believe in the beauty in a woman’s strength, and strength in a woman’s beauty.
28. I believe the best way to a BS-free perspective is to see life through a kid’s eyes.
29. I believe there are only eight or 10 traditional toppings acceptable on a pizza. This makes me a pizza purist, I realize.
30. I believe when things get tense with my older girls’ teams, it will always do my heart good to watch the littles play on a Saturday morning. It reminds me of where it all starts.
31. I believe we’re never too young – or old – for art and soccer.
32. I believe all yoga sessions should end with cheese fries.
33. I believe dads have a chance to be a hero, but not every day. Every day, though, we have a chance to make a difference.
34. I believe life is a full-contact sport.
35. I believe no matter how far involvement in sports takes you, it should always, at its core, be a game kids would love.
36. I believe all parents should get a bucket of Kids & Pets when they leave the maternity ward. Or at least make it the staple of all baby shower gifts.
37. I believe breakfast for dinner is one of God’s greatest creations.
38. I believe the foreign words with the most utility are bad words and food.
39. I believe Winnie the Pooh is right up there with Radar O’Reilly and Beaver Cleaver for words of wisdom.
40. I believe I’ve never understood the thought that the truth will set us free as much as I do now.
41. I believe writing is like a sneeze – if you hold it in, you might bust something.
42. I believe I’ll never run out of stuff to write. Finding time to write when I’m not falling asleep on the keyboard? That’s the challenge.