In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”
This is the image that comes to mind when I think ‘connected’. This is my oldest son with his wife and oldest son. While 6 year old CJ is not a big hand holder, his mom wanted me to take this picture and when she asked CJ to hold her hand, he was probably exhausted from our long day at the zoo and didn’t have the energy to put up a fight. This little family has been through a lot in the short time it has been in existence and I admire how closely connected they remain throughout their many hardships.
Looking back at that post, I have a better understanding of why I chose that name. As I continue to write about my experience having a transgender child, as well as many other things, I realize that those dandelions represent more than just a symbol of resilience and wishes, childhood and joy.
Those dandelions stand for more than just possible wishes. Whether they are bright yellow flowers or puff balls of fuzz, it has been my attitude that determines what I see – weeds or wishes. So you can add ‘attitude’ to what dandelions mean to me.
As I take this journey with Kris, with all its twists and turns, I am finding myself in places I never thought I would be. I’ve met so many new, wonderful people. I’ve learned more about myself than I thought possible.
And even when that fuzz blows all over the place and I’m feeling like I’m flying apart in a million different directions, I try to hold onto my feelings of hope and positive energy. Wherever I land, I plant myself there and you better not try to pick me up and toss me away because I’m a lot stronger than you might think and I’m not going anywhere except where I want to be.
Here’s the funny thing about today’s prompt. We are all sort of music crazy in this family and at any given moment, we can pull out a mix CD we made or a playlist from a certain time in our lives. I recently wrote a post about what my theme song would be-you can read it here → Theme Song. It’s “Freckles” by Natasha Bedingfield.
My soundtrack would begin and end with “(I Want to) Come Home” by Paul McCartney.
The childhood/teen years would be sprinkled with: The Partridge Family Theme Song- Come on Get Happy and The Jacksons- ABC and other groovy 70’s music.
As adulthood struck the music would be a healthy mix of Beatles- “In My Life”, “Strawberry Fields”, “Lucy in the Sky”, and “Ob-La-Di”. I think it’s a good representation and great background to the crazy kid-raising years!
And with 2015 in the horizon, the songs would take on a fun, carefree tone with select songs from Frozen. And closing music would be back to Paul McCartney with “(I Want to) Come Home”.