A while back, I wrote a piece about my TV moms (read it here). I shared quite a bit in that post and I told the truth. Maybe too much truth, but the truth, just the same.


In that piece, I referenced a few characters from television shows and how much they meant to me. I cannot emphasize enough what those women gave me. Screwed-up kid that I was, I benefited from those women’s strength and values. Even thinking of them now brings me comfort. And that’s lovely. I think it’s fair to say those beautiful characters were my heroes. Still are.


I don’t often get to meet a real-to-me hero. (I guess most of us don’t experience that privilege.) I know some folks believe we shouldn’t meet our heroes. That a face-to-face meeting with someone we’ve looked up to can only lead to disappointment. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I wouldn’t turn down the opportunity if it presented itself. I mean – would you?


Anyhoo – last month I was minding my own lady-club business when I looked up and saw one of my very own heroes: Miss Michael Learned from TV’s The Waltons. Turns out we have a mutual friend. And that friend had quietly invited Miss Learned to lunch, knowing it would serve as a lovely surprise to me. It most definitely did.


I can’t speak to the experiences of others when it comes to meeting heroes. I can’t claim a shared disappointment or letdown, and I can’t relate to watching a hero fall. I can only tell you that when I met one of my heroes, Miss Michael Learned, my heart was full and my admiration swelled. She was even cooler than I ever imagined. Sometimes life is grand.



D-Squared T-Squared – Week 18



This past week’s creative endeavor was a 3-d photo project for Mister’s Mama. You know – Mother’s Day!


It was pretty easy. First, we picked an old photo, then scanned it. We then decided how many levels we wanted to cut out and stack on top of one another (in this case – 3 total), then printed the photo that many times. Next, we cut out the different sections, added a little foam board to the back of each section, then glued the whole she-bang together. Easy, right?


In the end, we both were giggling over how danged cute it turned out. We may try this method with other photos down the line. I think that if we had a particularly awesome pic and outcome, it would be super cool to mount it in a shadow box frame.


But even if we don’t end up going that far or that fancy, it’s still a fun and simple art project.


Happy Mother’s Day!