Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Joy Nectar

One of the unique things about Brady P is that his magic absolutely MUST be shared with others.

He is a Joy Flower just dripping with sweet nectar for all the bees to thrive on. But, as the pandemic would have it, I was nearly the only bee allowed to buzz around for a while there.

One little bee cannot possibly collect and utilize all that sweet nectar and pollen. But the flower keeps producing its joy and wonder, hoping to share it with others.

And the bee feels a little worn out from trying to help that flower live up to its potential.

Before the pandemic officially started, I would take my little flower out for live music at the local establishment. He absolutely loved it!

He would dance until I could convince him it was time to go home for bed. He would meet all the musicians and learn their instruments. He would sample their foot pedals and push the switches on anything that flashed (if they let him).

He also melted the hearts of strangers. They would just give me the most wonderful compliments about him.

He thrived!

He got to shared his magic nectar!

The locals loved it and so did the visitors. It really meant a lot to me.

Then, like most wonderful and frivolous parts of life, it went away.

That was really hard for us. It may have been harder on me than him because I felt like I was wasting one of my most precious assets.

A couple Saturdays ago, one of our favorite local bands came to play. Brady P was so excited, that he talked about it each day until Saturday came.

It's been a couple years, and I wasn't quite sure how things would go, but he totally surprised me. 

He met all the band members, of course. He learned about their instruments. He even spent 40 minutes playing his toy watermelon ukulele on the stage while stomping on two different sets of foot pedals before they officially took the stage.

Uke in hand, getting the foot pedal briefing

And once they started playing, he danced the whole time. The whole entire time. I had to rush him drinks and snacks between every couple songs to keep his blood sugar at a functional level. 

I was so proud of him.

His joy nectar was spraying on everyone. The people who remembered his dancing cheered with nostalgia. The people who just met him made sure to tell him good-bye when we had to leave.

I was overjoyed. We were in our element! He was able to spread his love again, and we felt so at home.

Here is one of his dances from early in the night. The band is called The Chöppers, and they come highly recommended by our town and Brady P.

A special thanks to everyone who took (and continues to take) the time to listen to him, watch him, interact with him and help entertain his curiosity.

May the joy nectar you receive rub off onto others.

P.S. We got to watch Encanto. Soooo good! I cried and sang the songs. B bounced through each song. He held me when I cried. So wonderful!

P.P.S. We made it through the latest storm! It blew so much that I can't tell you how much snow we got, but it was feet. And my snowblower is an absolute champion!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

We Found Bruno


Have you seen the latest Disney movie Encanto? I have not, but apparently Braeden did, and he is obsessed!

Not so much with the entire movie, but with the songs. After he watched it, he kept asking me for "Mirabel" songs. Once I figured out she was from that movie, things got rolling.

We listen to several of the songs and several versions of them every single day.

Eat your heart out, Old MacDonald. Mirabel and Bruno are moving in!

But we don't talk about Bruno.

We sing about him.

Sometimes in 40 different languages!

That's right. The song called We Don't Talk about Bruno is so popular around the world that it got translated to probably hundreds of versions. Many Youtube groups have covered it as well.

So, yeah, we get to watch all those too.

And we get to hear it remixed to a dance beat and so on. It is really a thing!

If you are curious, here are a few Bruno videos to check out.

The original clip

In 21 languages

His favorite family cover

Do you see what I'm saying? The possibilities and varieties are seemingly endless.

And that's only one of the songs!

You can look up the rest on your own, if you want. I'm not here to promote any movie or YouTube channel. I just wanted to tell you how deeply it has impacted our life.

I even love some of these songs! One of them makes me cry every single time. And I haven't even seen the movie!!!

I probably should though. But then I'll cry even more, I bet.

Be careful if you do listen to these songs, though. It's quite difficult to get them out of your head. But if you do find yourself singing them during your daily life, belt it loud and proud. It sure feels good!

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Just so Cool


I hope you're doing well.

I want to give a shout out to Mary Wais (my mom), who came to Copper Harbor for a week and took care of Braeds and me while I healed up from my concussion.

It's quite difficult to take care of another (quite needy) person when you just need to, and only want to, sleep, so she came to the rescue.

Thanks, Mom. We made it through.

Gramma Mary pulling little man home from school

And we are doing well!

This little boy is so cool. 

He walks down the street and waves to everyone's car and all the snowmobilers. We both love it when they wave back.

He holds my head and gives me the sweetest kisses on both my cheeks. Sometimes even an Eskimo kiss. And says, "I love you, Mummy."

He comes up with crazy dance moves, fabulous twirls and impressive inverts.

He is polite and friendly. He truly cares about people's feelings because, well, he can feel them! And he wants everyone to know they are included.

He gives hugs to our friends and passersby as we walk down the road or enter a building. I don't think he can not gives hugs. And I would never take that out of him.

He has taught me to value what is truly important in life, and I am forever grateful.

I know I've said a lot of this before, but, man, he is just so cool. I'm so proud every time I get to share him with others.

Thanks for coming back here. I hope to have more to share next time!