27 September 2006

yes



yes to new neighbors named vinnie and nurses who take the midnight shift. to lamps shaped like globes that sit in your front room and glow like phosporescent little moons. to ezra's swivel-hipped little run and ava's missing front tooth (she grins now like a prize fighter). yes to indian summer days, to opening all the windows in the house and re-reading favorite books (white oleander). to flokati rugs under foot, brand new boots, new underwear and skirts bright like tulips. yes to old kodak duaflex cameras (and then doing this to them so that you can take photographs like this). yes to projects, to distractions, to wandering minds and ideas that come to you in the middle of the night. yes to lite brites and the sweet, salty scent of play-doh. yes to wrinkled receipts that double as makeshift journal pages, to a self that is always shifting and changing. yes to flipping the pillow so that your neck meets the cool side, to the girl practicing trombone in the front yard, to the local hair salon named afro-rama that I drive by every single day. yes to playing so hard that your ponytail hangs all crooked and wonky. yes to skies that cover the day like a blanket, to candy-colored tutus lining dress shop windows. yes to changes so monumental they split your world wide open. I'm saying yes to change.

22 comments:

  1. I'm saying yes too....its a tenative yes at first but its getting louder.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm shouting it now "YES"!!!! Glad to hear your pro-change attitude. I hope spectacular changes come your way. I should talk to you about mine.....

    ReplyDelete
  3. i'm lovin' this post. do you mind if i 'borrow' it for a grateful friday post?

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm happy for you mama, it all sounds good!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yes with a capital Y to this post. Very inspirational, thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Bring it on Mama.
    I'm with you :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. How DO you do it? Your words make me actually smell play dough. Let's talk soon. Love.

    ReplyDelete
  8. You have got to check out Von's blog at todayintownecars.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. ditto justin - my sentiments exactly - yes to you!

    i looooooooove these posts of yours!

    ReplyDelete
  10. hey. Flokati under foot... I have got to send you some pics of my rug. I want you to say yes to todayintownecars.blogspot.com.
    Say yes to frames.

    ReplyDelete
  11. how can you say no to that??

    ReplyDelete
  12. this is such an inspirational and beautifully written post. your words are like little gems. thanks for the sparkle!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh, Andrea, after reading michelle/weaker vessel's comment, I was reminded of a beautiful essay by Brian Doyle called "Yes." You must run to a book store and open "The best american essays 2003" (edited by Fadiman and Atwan) and open it to page 48. It's so beautiful. You'll adore it.

    ReplyDelete
  14. totally beautiful, totally positively yes!

    ReplyDelete