“F” is for Feeling

Sometimes when I’m upset with myself or the world around me, there is a cute little book that I pull off of my bookshelf and turn to for encouragement. It’s a book that my Grandmother used to read to me when I was very small.

some of my best friends are books
some of my best friends live in books

I found need of it this past weekend. And so opened it up, anticipating the charming pictures and simple but heartfelt text.

he's a wise one
he’s a wise one

There is a passage that talks about how good it feels to find someone who wants to listen to you, and doesn’t tell you to go away. This reminded me of Richard and how he appears to be so attentive to those around him.

After going back through the book, page by page, it was easy for me to see Richard/his characters in every passage. It may seem a bit odd to relate a children’s book to Richard Armitage and his career, but it has always been what lies underneath that captivates me.


tell me if you see what I do…

Love Is A Special Way of Feeling

by Joan Walsh Anglund

Love is a special way of feeling…

Guy gives of himself to Marian

It is the safe way we feel when we sit on our mother’s lap with her arms around us tight and close.

Porter comforts his daughter
Porter comforts his daughter

It is the good way we feel when we talk to someone and they want to listen and don’t tell us to go away and be quiet.

Harry listens to Geraldine by choice, not by obligation
Harry listens to Geraldine by choice, not by obligation

It is the happy way we feel when we save a bird that has been hurt…

Porter is needed

or feed a lost cat…

Ricky offers guidance
Ricky offers guidance

or calm a frightened colt.

Mulligan has the patience to let Ellie come to him
Mulligan has the patience to let Ellie come to him

Love is found in unexpected places…It is there in the quiet moment when we first discover a beautiful thing…when we watch a bird soar high against a pale blue sky…

Monet shares what he finds beautiful
Monet shares what he finds beautiful

when we see a lovely flower that no one else has noticed…

Ian gives attention to a colleague's neglected wife
Ian gives attention to a colleague’s neglected wife

when we find a place that shelters us and is all our very own.

Lucas finds a place where he can be his best self
Lucas finds a place where he can be his best self

Love starts in little ways… It may begin the day we first share our thoughts with someone else…

Thornton & Margaret finally accept their differences
Thornton & Margaret start to accept their differences

or help someone who needs us…

Alec finds true enjoyment helping others
Alec finds true enjoyment helping others

Or, sometimes, it begins because, even without words, we understand how someone feels.

Paul knows what it's like to be forgotten
Paul knows what it’s like to feel neglected

Love comes quietly…but you know when it is there, because, suddenly… you are not alone any more…and there is no sadness inside you.

Standring and Carol can lean on each other

Love is a happy feeling that stays inside your heart for the rest of your life.


Udderly Outlandish!

I’m currently in the process of re-reading my favorite book, Outlander. It’s being made into a television series, did you hear?

-No, I did not (this is an RA blog, right?)-
No, I did not (this is a RA blog, right?)

Anyway, I came across a part about money and, well, here’s the passage:

“…my share of the Mackenzie rents comes to about twenty pounds a quarter… and that’s Scots, not Sterling. About the price of half a cow.”


Twenty Pounds… Half a Cow…

-should I know this one?-
should I know this one?

so now, the fact that in 1743 the Scots equivalent of twenty pounds could buy you half a cow,

-oh, right! that's from Martin-
oh, right! that’s from Martin

will be added to the enormous stash of useless facts inside my head, that I will never need but always remember.

you could find need? right. never.-
you could find need? right. never.

Thanks, boys!


P.S. I make no apologies for the title of this post. because puns are funny.


It All Comes Back to Richard

Today is Mother’s Day, here in the US.

my Johnny, so handsome!

My son made me several coupons that I can cash in for different things: empty the dishwasher, mow the lawn, make his bedthings he’s supposed to do anyway.

not the proper way to put away dishes!

It was a nice thought, and the graphics he created for them were cute and funny. They were titled meme face coupons, which reminded me of a certain interview:

I was vaguely aware of what an internet meme was before this but I didn’t know how to pronounce it (meem, not me-me) Thanks for keeping me hip, Richard, and saving me from yet another teenage eye roll!


 What has reminded you of Richard today?

Richard drinks from a cup, I drink from a cup…soulmates!