Sunday, February 1, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
This is The Official Christmas Letter From The Purcells For 2014 - Our life this year has been like the taking of this family photo: The picture looks, well, picturesque, but with closer examination you will notice 1) It’s slightly out of focus. 2) Lily is crying after Fauneil pulled back her hair and accidentally poked her ear. 3) We are FREEZING! We hide it well, but the wind was fierce and the air frigid. 4) There was no snow for our “winter/Christmas” photo like I wanted - despite the fact that there was snow at that spot for weeks before. 5 ) I forgot to put the SD card in the camera so the memory got full after only two pictures (and the battery went dead), so we had to pick from the two photos that we got...BUT, once we got home in pleasant warmth we forgot about the camera mishaps, the cold and the poked ear. We got happy again. Isn't that how life works? So has been our 2014: up, down, up, down, up, down, up! Yet, through all the ups and downs, we have come to the end of each day being grateful for each other, the beautiful place we have to live and for friends and family. Thanks for sharing this roller coaster with us via Facebook, personal interactions, emails and letters. We love you all.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Tonight we had friends and family over and, of course, the subject of Les Miserables came up. As happens, when this movie is the topic of discussion, many people voice their opinion that Cossette and Marius fell in love too fast. It was not believable.
Well...from my point of view, it was an authentic representation of what happens everyday. Think about it. This scenario is all to familiar. Surely you know someone that fits this description: young man is walking down the street, or in a mall or at a subway station or at a dance. He turns around. He sees blonde bimbo. He instantly falls head over heels. He MUST have her. Do you know anyone that has done this? Of course, you do. We all do.
And this friend, who has been stricken by the beauty of this girl with golden hair, in many cases has had an intelligent or interesting or passionate or talented (and usually brunette) girl that is madly in love with him and has been trying to get his attention with no success.
Or, you could be on the other side of the situation. This is just as common. You could be friends with this intelligent, interesting, passionate, talented, and beautiful (and sometimes brunette) woman, watching her suffer as this awe-struck man looks blindly past her at...
...a dumb blonde.
Now no offense, blondes of the world. I'm just using stereotypes to make my point. I'm not referring to you specifically. After all, I'm married to a blonde, and she is far from dumb. Anyway...
...I think, in fact, that Victor Hugo, or maybe the movie director Tom Hooper hit the nail right smack on the head. He pegged humans perfectly. That is how things seem to play out in the "real world."
Why do men fall for dumb blondes? I don't know. Nor do I care. I'm safe in the thought that I am past falling for them. My only thought is this, if you are that stereotypical brunette that is being looked past, by some idiot blonde-struck guy, please move on to a man that will love you for all of you. Someone that is not as shallow as that dumb blonde he is falling for.