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Becoming an Imperfectionista

I have suffered from Perfectionism.  It's a nasty disease, driving both the sufferer and those around him/her nuts.  Things must always go according to plan, events must be properly scheduled, calendars kept.  Household items must always be in place, neatness always counts, and failure is never an option. 

God, in His infinite mercy and wisdom, knew I needed to be rescued from this malady, and thus sent me five highly imperfect children to show me the light of imperfection.  I have to say I'm still learning, but have now happily settled into the role of an Imperfectionista.

Along those lines, please enjoy the new blog called "Catalog Living" at http://catalogliving.tumblr.com/.  It features the imaginary-yet-perfect Gary and Elaine, the couple who lives in all your catalogs.  Those shiny plates, gleaming silverware and perfectly appointed bar?  Gary and Elaine's.  Polished floor and neatly lined bookshelves?  Yep, Gary and Elaine's!  Enjoy this cheeky place to visit!

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Crossing Guard

I saw you
today
as you guided
your little man across that busy street.

You were wearing some
big man boots
and
watching cars and lights.

Your little man had on
black sneakers and
a Mickey Mouse hat
that bounced
as he walked.

He wasn't watching nothing but
your big man boots
and
the white stripes of the crosswalk.

Just before
he got to the sidewalk again,
his step bounced a bit
- he hopped over
a spot where the asphalt broke.

You turned to look,
holding out a hand to
your little man.
Not rushed or angry,
just making sure
he got up
on that sidewalk.

Then you walked on,
in your big man boots,
face into a cold Michigan wind,
with the little man behind,
his hat bouncing.