Sunday, November 9, 2008

Chicago Flower Shop

Chicago Flower Shop, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

For me, life is full of scent memories. In Connecticut and in Boston, in the 1970s, I worked in flower shops. I loved my job in Connecticut-a wonderful store with a terrific boss. In Boston? Not so much.
At any rate, just standing in the door to this store and taking in the smells brought me back 30 years to those jobs.
What I did love about both shops and jobs were the customers. I still correspond by mail with a woman who was my customer in 1974. And there I also met the child who would inspire me, 15 years later, to choose the name for my Older Daughter. She was the prettiest, brightest, most engaging child I had ever met and I LOVED her name.
Madeleine. That's the name.
(I miss you, Mad...hope Paris is treating you right today. XOXO MOM)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lake Leaf

Lake Leaf, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I learned to swim in Lake Michigan as a young child. My father taught me. The Attorney and I walked along the shore of the Lake and the smell of the water brought back so many memories of those swimming lessons.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Chicago Fall

Chicago Fall, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

The World's Best Bleeding Heart Attorney and I slipped off for a weekend in Chicago. It was gorgeous and sunny and we went by Grant Park where the barricades were up, days in advance. We ate wonderful food, we spent time in the whirlpool and the pool, we held hands and walked around. And we saw great friends and family.
Mostly, we were just together. It was long overdue.

Great weekend. More photos to follow.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes He Did

Yes He Did, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Dear DT, DG, and C-
Your daughters-my daughters, are young women now. Their whole lives, we have taught them that they could do, be, achieve anything. We have told them that hard work, determination, inner joy, and deep love would help them through whatever came their way and the world could be theirs.

Today, I know all this to be true. No reservations. They might be unlucky at times, they might have doors closed on them for stupid reasons, but with the support of their family and friends who will always help them find opportunity, I believe they will soar.

Thank you for the incredible gift of their lives, and know that I celebrate with you.

Gigi After The Polls

Gigi After The Polls, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Older Daughter absentee voted. Gigi came up from Mississippi to vote here. This is her victory punch upon her return. We were clustered around the TV by then, The Attorney, our friends, and me.
I had to get a shot of her joy.

Self Portrait

Shirts Self, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

This is me, happy in my yellow turtleneck.

November 4, 2008

My creation, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I worked at Obama Headquarters all day yesterday, making calls and taking photos of all the different shirts I saw. FUN!

Last night, I screamed and yelled. Today, I have cried and cried. Tears of joy, mind you.