Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Oak

When I first came home after evacuating from Hurricane Katrina, and then two years later after Hurricane Gustav, the one thing you noticed, and with sadness, were the massive tree trunks of uprooted oak trees. Trees that withstood the test of time for over a century felled by nature's most powerful storms. Gone, because instead of bending in the winds of adversity, they stood and fought. Some of them, still standing to this day, won, while others fell, rather than give in to the demands of the violence brought in by the storms. Gone, forever, but by those who basked in their glory, embraced in their arms, coddled from the storm, are remembered always.

In light of all the award giving and receiving that has been going around my blog community over the past week, a new one has found its way to me, and I must say, I am truly honored to have received this one. Ms. Tink at The Tink-n-Frog has awarded me with the Renee Award. Here is a short description of the meaning behind the award:

This Award was created by Bella and Ces in honour of their friend Renee, an incredible lady who in the face of a frightening life battle is tackling each day with great spirit and courage.
Here is what Bella says of this award: “this is a brand new award and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds it’s way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, becoming a tall and sturdy oak, giving acorns…”

Thank you so much, Ms. Tink. I am truly honored.

In turn, I would like to pass this award on to someone I believe has truly earned it, my beautiful and talented daughter, Miss. Persephone at This Tasty Jam is All Me. She's smart, beautiful, talented, and wise beyond her age. An old soul, a young mind, a wiser person I could never hope to be. She is as solid as the oak that sprang forth from one small acorn.


  1. Holy buckets, Alex, now that's what I call an award. And you seem most deserving!

    I'm from Houston originally (transplanted to Minnesota and loving it) so I've had some experience with hurricanes.

    I'll have to blog sometime about the time I jumped on my bike 5 months preggers with my biggest baby to chase down the phone repair guy. We'd been without service for 3 weeks.

    I caught up with him and huffing and puffing to catch my breath, I wheezed out: "Look at me. I could give birth any day now."

    Three minutes later, dial tone!

    I look forward to following your delightful posts!

    Stop by for a visit some time!

  2. What a lovely trip to your daughter. I just checked out her blog and she is wise beyond her years! I'm her newest follower. Does she mind when "old ladies" follow her? I hope not. Is Persephone her real name? I hope so. It's a lovely name. Just so beautiful. Congrats Mom, you've got a great kid there!

  3. Ooops! I need to proof read. I meant a lovely TRIBUTE to your daughter. Not a trip! Though I bet she'd love it if you sent her on a trip! LOL

  4. Pam said it very well, your daughter has a beautiful way with words. I signed up to follow her, but if she'd prefer the old women just go away, let me know!
    I think the award is wonderful!

  5. Sephie doesn't mind if old ladies follow her. She's use to it. I follow her all the time.

  6. Oh, and yes, Ms. Pam, that is her real name. I'm a book nut, and was influenced by some author or the other while pregnant.

    Thanks, everyone, for taking the time to visit her blog. She truly is a talented girl. I could only wish to be as lucky.

  7. Oh ... What a treasure you have !!I am so happy for you and her !

  8. Congrats! :) And great choice in Persephone. :)