Barry St. John, a former Wichitan who now lives in Los Angeles, recently got the Cool Dad Award. He showed his 9-year-old daughter and her basketball teammates the trailer to “The Jungle Book” before it was out for everyone to see. That’s a perk of having your dad be the visual effects associate producer on a movie that made $103.6 million the weekend it debuted.
Those of us who love handbags have said a hundred times, “It’s all about the bag.” This month that saying is so true, but it has nothing to do with which new spring bag is slung over your shoulder. Members of Junior League of Wichita want you to carry a medium-size plastic bag instead of your purse. And they have a good reason for it.
Lately I’ve read several articles about the importance of family members sitting down at the table for a meal. Many advantages from this ritual are listed, and the term “a place at the table” is used time and again.
Whew! Boy, what a season. Perhaps you were like me and thought you had everything finished early so you could coast. Christmas has come and gone and I’m still waiting to coast. But oh what fun it was to ride in a bundle of family, friends and holiday hoopla. Now all those sparkly decorations have to be packed away. Where are those elves we hear so much about? They could help. Santa’s not the only who is ready for a nap.
Several months ago I agreed to be a guest speaker for a Junior League of Wichita group, Wit & Wisdom. The fact that I’m supposed to be retired didn’t deter them a bit. They even suggested a subject: “How to Age Gracefully.”
When I started working at The Wichita Eagle in 1980, I was hired to write the social column, a beat that no one else in the newsroom wanted to touch with a 10-foot pica pole. Being new to the newspaper world, I liked the job just fine.
Yea! One more thing crossed off the old bucket list. I have always wanted to attend an awards show, especially the Oscars or Emmys. So you can imagine I was just a little bit excited when my friend Sierra Scott got two tickets to the Emmys, and her fiance didn’t want to go. And bless her heart, she asked me.
A counselor once told me that rituals are important, not only with your spouse, but with family members and friends. The older I get, the more I agree with him. Traditions are important too, but rituals are something different.
Have you ever ended the day with a sigh of contentment and thought what a good day it had been? Even if nothing really big happened – no lottery win or piece of good news – but it was just a darn good day.
Have you watched the National Spelling Bee where the kids get up there, stand tall and spell words you’ve never heard of? Some look like they might faint. A few have fainted. Some act like it’s no big deal. And others have tricks such as writing the word with their foot on the floor or with their finger on the palm of their hand.