Things I Love Lately & Happy Fourth

Poppy and his four grandchildren out for a dinghy ride, July 2, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

In what has become a cherished tradition, we are celebrating this weekend with my whole family.  The small town where we spend summer weekends has a wonderful parade (you can see photos of the children at the parade through the years here).

So, today I’ll share a few things I’m loving lately.  I’d love to hear what you have been reading and thinking about this holiday weekend.

How to Raise a Feminist Son – I love every word of this piece. I often hear from people that I must be so proud that Grace has a role model of a mother with a career. I am, I say, but I always add that I’m equally as proud that Whit has the same.  This piece beautifully captures a topic that I’m not sure is getting as much attention as it should.  I want both my daughter and my son to grow up believing that the genders are equally as valuable.  Period.

Why Women of 40 and 50 Are the New “Ageless” Generation – I actually have no problem with the expression “middle age” (and I began using it, to criticism, when I turned 35 and then, again when I profiled 38).  That may be because to me that phrase does not have negative connotations but rather means, quite literally, that I am in the middle of my life (which feels like an irrefutable fact to me, as I head towards my 43rd birthday). I relate to a lot about this piece.

Lost – Grace, Whit and I started watching Lost from the start of the first season.  I’d never seen it (and neither had they).  I saw on Instagram that Heather was enjoying the same.  Riveting!  We can’t stop watching and talking about it.  Highly recommend.

June – I love Dina’s writing on Commonplace and these posts always inspire me to pay closer attention to the abundance of small good things that fill my everyday life.

I write these Things I Love posts approximately monthly.  You can see them all here.

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  1. Posted July 4, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the list. I loved the ageless article and Dina’s piece. Happy 4th!

  2. Posted July 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Happy Fourth! Thank you!

  3. Leah Edmunds
    Posted July 7, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I don’t have a problem with identifying as middle-aged, either. It’s simply accurate. And yearning after youth never made sense to me. I wish I had the energy of a twenty-something, sure, but there are trade-offs.

  4. Posted July 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I would have loved to experience LOST without the painful LONG breaks they took between seasons. Sometimes it was way more than normal. I loved the series!

    And I’m fine with middle age too. I mean, it is what it is.