Heroic girls

ellie doll

The other day I heard an interview on a local radio station with John Marcotte, the founder of heroicgirls.com talking about the lack of female heroes in popular culture. He spoke about how it’s incredibly hard to find a toy of Black Widow from the Avengers, on her own, while all the male heroes have a multitude of toy options. I got thinking about that and it inspired the card I made for our daughter who just turned 12. This is what I wrote on the back of the card to her:

We live in a world that loves heroes. We wrap them up and package them for others to buy because in many ways we want to be like them, heroes standing up for what’s right. Fighting for good over evil. Having some kind of super power. Well, if I could, I’d make and wrap up millions of you and give them out to kids around the world because you embody the characteristics that so many people strive for. Honesty. Fairness. Compassion. You make us laugh. You make us proud. You possess wisdom beyond your years and a humour that bonds people together. And all that after just 12 years. Happy Birthday to the most real superhero I know.

Early Grave…

early grave

You don’t have to ask me twice!

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have a hug

Chased by an angry bull elk

elk run

What is it with me and animals around here in the early morning? And this after narrowly missing coming across a grizzly bear on a trail (another runner hollered at me to not go any further down a path). Yeesh.

When the truth wrecks a really great thing.

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girl guides,bake,cookies

What I thought and what I said…

everything worse

Fall-ing into spring

spring robin

Change is a comin’!

looksdifferentThe view from Banff looks a lot different than when we first got here…

Orange Crush

Hold back a glass, just for me.

brita jug

Cigarettes and boiled eggs…

cigarettes

cigarette list