Michelle Obama, Michael Jordan, and Marguerite Kelly

April 20, 2020

What do all of these names have in common? They all start with an M, and they are all currently bringing me peace and comfort during these challenging times.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama to lead weekly online story time series for kids amid pandemic

I listened to Michelle read her own book, Becoming, a few months ago, and I love hearing her voice. I find it soothing, peaceful, and calm. For the next four weeks, former First Lady Michelle Obama will be reading aloud the following kids books:

  • The Gruffalo
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Miss Maple’s Seeds
  • There’s a Dragon in Your Book

While they are being released on Mondays at 12:00 noon, they are available any time after they air. The one today was The Gruffalo and lasted 7 minutes and 34 seconds — a perfect amount of time to make a quick meal, clean up from said meal, or give yourself a chance to take a quick shower.

For some reason, I can’t always figure out Facebook Live. I found PBS Kids Youtube to be an easier way to access the read aloud. They did a really nice job of showing her read it but also displaying the pictures to keep it high interest for young viewers. If you want to read more about it, this article provides more details.

Michael Jordan

I didn’t even finish the entire first episode as it was competing with Homeland… but I can tell ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance,’ documentary about Michael Jordan is going to be really good! The first two episodes aired last night on April 19. Each Sunday for the next five week, they will release two more episodes.

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While I am not an avid sports fan, I do enjoy playing and watching sports. It has been really weird not having any to watch these past few weeks/months. This show will be a nice way to get a “sports fix” during a time when we are missing it the most.

You can watch the documentary series on ESPN live at 9:00 and 10:00 Sunday nights, or ESPN.com after the episodes air.

Marguerite Kelly

Marguerite Kelly was a Washington Post Parenting columnist for 35 years. She is a published author and I just bought a used copy of her book, Marguerite Kelly’s Family Almanac (affiliate link). I will be sharing how it is after I read it!

Over the weekend, a friend passed along a copy of one Kelly’s famous columns, “A Mother’s Prayer.” I have found myself reading it over and over and wanted to share it here. During a time when many of us find ourselves wearing our “mom” hat even more often, “A Mother’s Prayer” provides the perfect reminders I needed the most:

A Mother’s PrayerA family by Katy Kelly

Help me give my children the best — not of trappings or toys, but of myself, cherishing them on good days and bad, theirs and mine.

Teach me to accept them for who they are, not for what they do; to listen to what they say, if only so they will listen to me; to encourage their goals, not mine; and please, let me laugh with them and be silly.

Let me give them a home where respect is the cornerstone, integrity the foundation, and there is enough happiness to raise the roof.

May I give them the courage to be true to themselves; the independence to take care of themselves and the faith to believe in a power much greater than their own.

See that I discipline my children without demeaning them, demand good manners without forgetting my own and let them know they have limitless love, no matter what they do.

Let me feed them properly, clothe them adequately and have enough to give them small allowances — not for the work they do but the pleasure they bring — and let me be moderate in all these things, so the joy of getting will help them discover the joy of giving.

beddy-bye time by Katy KellySee that their responsibilities are real but not burdensome, that my expectations are high but not overwhelming and that my thanks and praise are thoughtful and given when they’re due.

Help me teach them that excellence is work’s real reward, and not the glory it brings. But when it comes — and it will — let me revel in each honor, however small, without once pretending that it’s mine; my children are glories enough.

Above all, let me ground these children so well that I can dare to let them go.

And may they be so blessed.

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