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Mother’s Day

One of the best poems I have ever read about parenthood seems to fit so well with Mother’s Day that I have to share, this comes from the opening of Tina Fey’s Bossypants:

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half and stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her, when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the nearby subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock N’ Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance, something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes and not have to wear high heels.

What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You because if I knew, I’d be doing it.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her own Heart with the sinewy strength of her own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.

Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, for childhood is short — a Tiger Flower blooming magenta for one day and Adulthood is long and [making out] in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever,that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers and the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, for I will not have that S***. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 a.m., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.

“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental note to call me. And she will forget.

But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.




Happy Mother’s Day!


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Thoughts We’d Like to Share

Just a little bit of advice to get you through.

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Pelican’s Pick of the Week

With the new Johnny Depp movie The Rum Diary coming out in theaters this week, it’s only fitting that we recommend the Best-selling Hunter S. Thompson novel that came out in 1998, even though it was written in the 1960s.  It is the story of an American journalist who goes to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper there.  If you plan on seeing the film I would highly recommend reading the book first.






Also, new this week is Mindy Kaling’s (from TVs The Office) book titled “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns.)”  This is a hilarious book detailing her life as an Indian-American high school student to television writer and actor of The Office.  It’s an easy, comical read written in a similar style to Tina Fey’s Best-Seller “Bossy Pants,” (Another great read!)

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Films Based on Great Books Coming Out This Summer

This Summer, two of our favorite books and NYT best-sellers are being made into feature films: “The Help by” Kathryn Stockett and “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana De Rosnay. “The Help” opens in theaters nationwide August 10th and “Sarah’s Key” has no specific release date yet.


“The Help” is set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (played by Emma Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.


“Sarah’s Key” starts in modern-day Paris, where a journalist (Kristen Scott Thomas) finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942.



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