I had always envisioned the character Marcus with meticulous detail. I have some ideas of the others though I could always see Marcus clearly. Tonight I was catching up with television and realized my brain used JD Pardo for Marcus. It's interesting to see what my brain pulls out the attic.
When thinking about the motion in question I admit that I mostly relate it to a process or perhaps a gear of a machine...so I looked up process as well. Lo and behold...the motion people have a tendency to make is actually the ASL sign for "process"!
15 years ago today, my then only remaining grandmother lost her battle with breast cancer. I never got to see her before she died. I sadly don't even remember the last time I saw her. My last memory of her was sitting at her dining room table having a conversation. All of my cousins were out swiming and I just sat in the house. She sat with me and asked why I wasn't out swimming. I didn't have the nerve to tell her I was afraid of water so I shrugged, as teenagers are prone to do. I don't think she knew what to say maybe, so we sat in silence for a bit. It would have been my first or second summer after my father died. I was full of angst. I didn't have anything to say to anyone, nor did I care to listen. To kill the silence she asked if I was dating anyone. I'm sure I just shook my head no and said nothing. I remeber thinking though "are you kidding, I'm not the kind of girl boys like". Silently she reached out and held my hand and brushed some hair off my face & tucked it behind my ear. She said, "you really are such a pretty girl, such a loss for them". I felt transparent. I looked up at my grandma, for the first time in a long time I just looked at her. I saw for the first time the age in her face. To this day, that is the face I want to always remeber. The world is a less amazing place without her & that beautiful wise face.
"Sea monsters" has a back story that I'll cherish forever. At the time of the sea monster story, my daughter was 2 1/2 years old. She was watching a cartoon she enjoys called Team Umizoomi. It's a smart preschool+ cartoon that focuses on mathematics, essentially. How fitting a show for my daughter who already has a keen sense for the logic of things and uses her measuring tape to measure everything. In a particular episode the characters are running across what appears to be a bridge. It turns out though, that the bridge is a sea monster's back! My daughter, with a tone certainty and seriousness, says, "A sea monster? That's bullshit"!
In so many ways I can only agree. Sea monsters are absurd. Bridges don't become sea monsters. It IS bullshit. Nice use of the term bullshit by the way kiddo, let's refocus on a different word...
So, now, when I need a moment to put things into perspective, I just remember, sea monsters, that's bullshit.
This week is one giant sea monster.
Nick Jr, Team Umizoomi, Sunshine Fairy episode