Chris returned from his latest haircut with shocking news.
Miss Kate, official trimmer of the family tresses, is leaving Hair Affair and Palmyra, apparently due to irreconcilable differences with another stylist. This is a stunning blow to our family’s collective grooming routine. Miss Kate is responsible for Madeline’s extremely cute and comment-worthy bob.
In other, non related news, I have received invitations to no less than three birthday parties this weekend, two of which are for small children. Which prompts me to say a little prayer for all those poor women who have had to experience the final month of pregnancy during July. It’s a little-known fact that when a woman is nine months pregnant (or thereabouts), her body reaches a temperature that would easily accommodate baking cookies on her shelf-like abdomen, much as some people insist you can bake cookies (and other tasty comestibles) on the manifold of your car engine.
We at that darn kat would like to greet another Miss Kate upon her return from the Peruvian mission trip. Her missives are currently available on Miss Jonna’s blog, and are well worth reading!
Which leads me to a little Train o’ Serendipity:
Miss Katie wrote in one of her emails:
Today we surrendered anything burdening us to God. I surrendered my moderation. I think I should let you know before I get home that I won´t be bringing much with me. I don´t care if people here, at home, at school or even at church start to think I´m a freaky extremist when I get back, because that´s basically what I´ll be. I will not be ashamed of God. People will call me brainwashed, but that´s OK.
Today I ran across a link to this post from Creating Passionate Users: Be Brave or Go Home.
And if you’re out there creating something on the edge, someone’s going to hate it. Probably a lot of someones…Whenever I start to feel bad about a scathing review, I remind myself that Don Norman said, “If someone doesn’t really hate your product, it’s mediocre.” And mediocre is where you SO do not want to go.
Last night, Chris and I had a little karaoke slumber party in the living room, and one of the songs I did was Nichole Nordeman’s Brave.
The gate is wide
The road is paved in moderation
The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in
Welcome to the middle ground
You’re safe and sound and
Until now it’s where I’ve been
I am not, by nature, a brave person. But I am more and more convinced that Katie and Kathy and Nichole and Mr. Miyagi* are all right: the middle ground is also known as “No Man’s Land.” AKA “where the innocent bystanders live.” Another name for “innocent bystanders” is “cannon fodder.” In other words, moderation and compromise might be more dangerous than people think.
* “You karate yes, safe. You karate no, also safe. You karate think so, you SPLAT, squashed like a grape.”