|“We may not be able to prepare the
future for our children, but we can at least prepare our
children for the future.”
~~ Franklin D.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms of all varieties out
there. I hope your kid/dog/cat/other pet/etc.
treated you well today!
In case that opening didn't clue you in, I'm one of those
"families come in all shapes and sizes" people. So
rather than just celebrating moms in this issue, I decided
to have some fun with parenthood in general. Enjoy!
PS- No easter egg this time. Still working on that
writing project! Also, my apologies for any
typos. Wanted to get this sent before the weather
So over in Dyeland, Andrew has found himself serving as a
father figure for Shelby, Max, Violeta, and now Belle.
One wonders at the...
Ten Ways Parenthood Might Change Andrew
10. Whatever lingering distaste for Halloween that he has
will be gone when he sees his little
princess/clown/superhero/etc. bounding up to him and ready to go
9. He'll change out of those white suits
immediately upon return to Dyeland lest they end up covered in
pudding, ice cream, or grape juice courtesy of Belle.
8. You thought Andrew was protective before... I'm
not sure I envy Shelby's and Belle's potential suitors.
They're gonna get interrogated! Politely, of course!
7. In spite of his gross-out reaction when Tess tried to
help remove his mime make-up, he's going to find himself
cleaning Belle up with his own spit. Yup.
6. He'll be so sleep deprived that he might show up for
assignments with mismatched shoes and smelling of baby formula
because he forgot to put the sweater Belle spit up on in the
5. He'll find himself humming songs from the Disney
Princess Collection videos and wondering why the guys on the
basketball team he's working with are all looking strangely at
4. When JenniAnn's birthday rolls around, Andrew will
discover that nice dinners, slow dances, and sentimental
bric-a-brac have all been trumped by one most desired gift: a
3. Woe unto you, Deans of the world. You best get
your acts together before Andrew ends up assigned to you because
I'm not so sure he's going to settle for just going after
computers any more. Not that I think he'd ever indulge in
physical violence. But I foresee verbal beatdowns of epic
2. While Andrew was never lacking in love for the Father,
he'll likely find himself appreciating and loving Him even more
as he experiences the agony and ecstasy of parenthood.
1. He'll be even more passionate and gentle as he tells
his assignments "God loves you" because now he really and truly
and always feels what it is to love and want to nurture a
Both when I agreed and when I didn't, TBAA taught me a
lot. So today seemed like a good time to reflect on
those lessons that I'd like to teach my kids. Whether
I ever have kids or not, there are certainly people I hope
to nurture... maybe with these lessons.
Things I Want to Teach My "Kids"
1. God loves you. No matter what.
Seriously. There are no asterisks, no conditions.
2. It's up to you to show that love to the world.
3. As much as others' words may hurt, only God's judgment
really matters. And the things we get judged about so much
here? He doesn't even really care about a lot of em.
4. Don't be ashamed of your faith. But don't be
pushy about it, either. God doesn't need to be shoved down
5. Death isn't scary. We all die eventually.
But we don't die alone. God is there. An angel (or,
who knows, maybe several) will be there. And on the other
6. Be good to other people. You really do never know
if they might be angels (or God!). And even if they're
not, we humans are pretty great, too.
7. God made you. He made your skin, your hair color
(well, unless you've dyed it), your eye color, your body,
etc. So don't get sucked into the trap of needing the
perfect body or face. God loves you just as you are!
8. Family and friends are important. It's important
to live up to your responsibilities on the job but when those
start to conflict with time with those you love... might be time
9. Try not to judge other people or fly into a fury over
the smallest slight. You just plain never know what others
are going through.
10. That being said, don't let people consistently treat
you badly. You're a beautiful creation of God and deserve
to be treated and loved as such!
11. Everyone out there is your brother or sister, created
by the same Father. Respect and love them. When
they're suffering and you can help: do help.
12. Pray! God wants to hear from you!
This newsletter is dedicated to John for
continuing to teach me so many lessons through his work on
TBAA, other projects, and their legacy. From the
trivial to the profound, I don't think there's a day that
goes by that I don't learn something that somehow traces
back to my enjoyment of his work.
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Productions, and Moon Water Productions. They are not being used to