21 May 2008

yes I said yes



berry-stained fingers, secret languages, things with feathers, spoonfuls of ripe avocado, blouses that wait patiently for summer, cherry poptarts broken in half, weather that requires open windows, writing that happens in the middle of the night, men that sing and mean it, yellow swimsuits with white polka dots, the lines in the corners of his eyes, the scent of old library books, the first popsicles of the season, the kid with the maddest handle, songs about doves that cry, flowers in mouths, bottles in windows, double dutch anything, shoes that are uncool, the voice of ira glass, seafoam-colored beetles, late afternoon sun, the shaking of unopened seed packets, bags made from old muumuus, fans that oscillate wildly, the wonders of elmer's glue, ezra and his wearing of shoes on the wrong feet, ava and the laugh that breaks free, the smell of film, people who do their own stunts, dandelion necklaces, rope hammocks that take over the backyard, nutella on everything, the sounds a polaroid camera makes, the roadtrip that will happen, the van morrison song that makes me cry, hula hoops and the people that love them, fish that are fancy, hips that are curvy, meaningful glances, construction paper menageries, cartwheels done on the fly, the best of intentions, tutus that glow, houses that are pink, things that float, poppies and peonies and roses in full bloom again, the time we stayed up all night, the way the house smells at the end of the day, paper flowers in every color, handfuls of dirt, matchbox cars in my freezer, broken crayons in the bottom of my purse, tiny plastic spoons, incomplete backspins, the best summer song ever, strangers who say yes, people who represent, wanting to be salt, wanting to be light, wanting to be salt and light.

35 comments:

  1. hello miss...glad you're back. this list is delightful! :)

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  2. oh god i love this. i can't decide if i should cry, jump up and down, or click on all of those links. probably the latter first. then the former, then the middle.

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  3. i must say i say YES!!!
    to reading your blog and feeling
    like swing dancing by the light
    of little chinese lanterns and
    oh yes to writing that makes you
    get up and out of bed in the middle of the night and
    oh yes

    i say

    yes

    to all your gorgeous photo's and

    van morrison is god!!!

    yes

    he

    is:)

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  4. oh yes! you make me smile.

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  5. ...and she returns in the grandest way.

    I just got so jazzed up by all of these wonderful things (and thanks for the nod). But guess which one the very most? ROAD TRIP - when you gettin' here, my girl?

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  6. 52 weeks of strangers - that's amazing. I don't think I could do it. Love your site - Would love to link to it.
    - Jean

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  7. putting each hand to each side of my mouth and callin out YES, like mom sang 'kiiids' when it was time to come in for the eveing from each corner of the farm.

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  8. YES...so glad to see the list.
    I would visit everyday with a hope and today...there you were.

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  9. now this is a fantastic list, if i've ever seen one! glad you're back.

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  10. hello, this is my first visit. what a wonderful list :)

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  11. I am so glad I stumbled on to your blog. Ahhh... such a beautiful inspiring list. Just when I didn't think I could find more love on your blog, I was led to my favorite man who sings and means it. :)
    Loved the visit!

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  12. I'm so glad you're back. I midded your entries.

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  13. Fun! My son absolutely agrees with "Nutella on everything."

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  14. This is what I call a perfect post. I love it!!!!!!!!!!

    It reminds me of a poem I wrote with my fourth grade class one year. It's called class rules and it is all about yes. It is too long to put here, but it starts out:

    Yes learning
    Yes loving
    Yes painting, creating

    Yes laughing
    Yes talking
    Yes quiet hall walking

    It goes on, but you get the picture.

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  15. I'm going to preface this with the mention that my hormones definitely played a role in my reaction to this post today. I'm sitting here in tears after reading this. Good tears. Hearing Mos Def's beautiful voice while watching Da Silva be the master of his tricks hit me in the craziest way. Seeing people do that which they are so deeply good at, what they are so meant for, is so terribly moving. Thanks, girl. I needed a little shake up here.

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  16. I'm glad you're back! Loved all the words and links ~ So, when is the road trip to San Fran? I say yes to that and to going on a photo safari with you! :)

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  17. Thanks for sharing this cusp of summertime list. wonderful.

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  18. It's so good to see you back! You seem revived and full of summer. Thank you for reminding me how great the Tom Tom Club is and especially that video. It's so good to see you back.

    I know..I already said that ;)

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  19. what a dose of beauty! we're headed into winter here so it's especially lovely to conjure up all these delicious colours, sounds and smells. thank you.

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  20. i like fish that are fancy :)

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  21. love this little montage of yes! beautiful

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  22. Now THIS is a TERRIFIC LIST! Think I'm going to listen to some Van Morrison now... thanks!

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  23. I LOVE IT!!! You should convert it into a poster and sell it on Etsy.com.

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  24. i want to live in this list.

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  25. Another list maker here. Really dig your blog!

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  26. I bet I am already here somewhere with a comment. This list has inspired me so many times in the past.

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