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The Silly Kid Song That Reduces Me to Tears

pancakesWhy would a song about an inedible pancake make me cry?

It’s always breakfast for dinner Thursday nights at suppertime.
Orange juice, eggs & waffles served at five.
But once there was something I did not recognize.
It was harder than the table so I thought it was my plate.
I hit with a hammer and it didn’t even break.
It slipped upon some syrup and the butter ricocheted.
Then it rolled and it rolled and it rolled and it rolled, a disappointing pancake.

The song then goes on to describe how this inedible, disappointing pancake travels around the world becoming just the right item for people in need. A mitt for a catcher, a spare tire for bicyclist, a knee patch, a coaster, and so on.

The pancake made it’s way around the world, jumping in and helping where it could.

On the surface, it’s just a silly song about a world-traveling pancake. But when you look deeper, and really you should, it’s a song that describes so many of us, describes…me. I often feel like a disappointing pancake. I’m not what was expected. The role I was supposed to play is not the one I’ve found myself in. How do I reconcile this? Can I still be effective, useful, helpful?

The pancake disappointed me at breakfast, yes it’s true.
But there are many other things that this pancake can do.
I’d like to think the pancake is a bit like me and you.
We roll and we roll and we roll and we roll like a disappointing pancake.
We roll and we roll and we roll and we roll….not so disappointing pancake.

That last part always chokes me up. It’s all about perspective. The disappointing pancake found so many ways to redeem itself and so can I.


“The Disappointing Pancake” by Lisa Loeb from her album, Camp Lisa.

Written from the heart, not for personal gain.

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Forgotten How to Blog

I was just thinking about how I feel as though I’ve forgotten how to blog. Then I went to Twitter to see what was going on there and lo and behold there were “forgotten how to blog” tweets! Scary. And sad. I feel like I have things to say but for whatever reason, I either don’t feel like saying them or I have trouble accurately expressing my thoughts in this forum. Or maybe Twitter’s 140 character limit and Facebook’s status updates have suppressed my ability to actually write thought out and coherent posts.

Anyhoo…it’s summer. I mentioned back in May my apprehension surrounding the onset of this season. I’m pleased to report that it has not been as bad as I anticipated. Don’t misunderstand me now, we’ve had our moments, like a hundred times a day, but all in all summer is going swimmingly.

It’s been a weird summer, too. First, let’s talk about the weather. Here in Nashville we experienced some pretty intense heat early in June which is unusual for us and frankly was unnerving since no one has forgotten our weeks of 100 degree last August! But then around the time we left for our trip, the weather settled into a more recognizable pattern of behavior. Then we got into the first week of July, which I typically expect to be “hotter ‘n Hades”, yet we had very mild temps. The kicker was July 4th. I can not remember an Independence Day anywhere that I’ve lived that was a mild and cool and pleasant as this past July 4th in Nashville! We actually wanted to be outside! Bizarre.

Second, being away from home for 12 days was strange. Usually by now, we’re in a fairly good routine but our travels followed immediately by an extended visit from my parents kind of threw us off a bit. Today I felt as if we were started summer all over again! I really need a plan for the rest of the week. We went swimming today and then headed to the Barnes & Noble in Opry Mills to hear Lisa Loeb sing songs from her new children’s album, Camp Lisa. I have a really hard time leaving book store empty handed so in addition to the CD, each of the kids got a book (mainly for putting up with their starstruck mother!)

Frozen Fridays have been waylayed a bit as well. We did Frozen Friday in Washington D.C. by having ice cream in the Natural History Museum. I was disappointed because the Smithsonian museum guide we had indicated that there was a gelato bar in the Natural History Museum however, when we arrived, it turned out to be plain old ice cream. I’m not complaining, much, because it did perk the kids up. Prior to that they had been rather whiny and fussy. Frankly, they didn’t even deserve ice cream but desperate times called for desperate measures! We didn’t do Frozen Friday at camp though we could have since there was ice cream in the canteen. July 4th was on Friday and DB’s brother made homemade vanilla ice cream. We got to add all sorts of candy & cookie bits to it for a homemade “blizzard” of sorts. (Though I would not have turned my cup upside down like they do at DQ!)

If you’re Facebook, you may have seen that I added photos from our Washington, D.C. trip. I’m working on getting those onto Flickr as well. And hopefully, I’ll get my camp and July 4th pictures up soon.

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