Sunday, July 26, 2009

Some of This is True


The Big Fish Story

I'm sitting here with my head and my heart in the right place. I thought that is where they were this morning, but they weren't.
When I woke up, it was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, Cute Hubby was snoring, and all was right with the world. I made some coffee and corn pancakes, to the delight of my sleepy family, and my heart felt full. As the compliments began to ensue, my head grew two sizes. Now my head was a little bigger than my heart, which made it somewhat difficult to balance while sitting at the breakfast table. No one seemed to notice.
I toddled around with my big head for the rest of the morning, stopping only to feed it compliments on my various domestic abilities. By the time I was ready for work, I could barely fit my big head out of the door. My heart had run for shelter in my throat.
Arriving at work, no one seemed to notice the big head, but they were all so used to seeing that kind of thing. Over the course of the workday, many things went horribly wrong, and the big head began to shrink. But...wait!! Now it was smaller than before, and still shrinking! The heart was still hiding in the throat somewhere, and would let out a little cooing noise which sounded like a pidgeon with a bad cold. Now, the rest of the "big heads" would only halfway glance at my ever shrinking head, as it made their heads grow at a frightening rate. By the time the workday was done, my little head could barely be seen between my shoulders.
When Cute Hubby gave me a ride home, he related how frustrating his day had been, and I realized that his head was just as small as mine. I don't know how he managed to see over the steering wheel.
By the time we got home, both of our heads were back to their normal sizes, and our hearts were text messaging each other. That was nice. So....I decided to check on my blog, and low & behold, I had received some of the most beautiful messages from my blogger friends. My head instantly swelled, nearly knocking everything off of the desk. I got up and tried to go upstairs, but my ever growing head got caught in the hallway, leaving me wedged between two paintings of "Flowers in Spring". Cute Hubby ran for a crowbar to try to pry me loose.
Lets just pause here for a moment. Where is this Big Fish story going?
At the moment when my ever swelling head was about to splinter the paneling on the wall, my heart, which was now hiding in my ear, heard the small soft laughter of the little girl who lives next door. She was talking and playing with her mother on their front porch. It was lovely.
My head released a foul air, causing Cute Hubby to drop the crowbar onto his foot. My feet, which had been dangling in midair, softly touched the ground. My heart rushed back to it's resting place and I felt my hair brush against my neck. My head and heart were once again where they should be.
What could possibly be the moral of this bizarre tale? Well, since you are still here, I will tell you.

1. Never believe your own publicity.
2. Don't wait for your heart to loose it's voice before you listen to it.
3. Remember the power of love. And don't let it go to your head.

31 comments:

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Oh my gosh, I'm going to cry. Especially after reading your comment to me. I'm so emotional...

You are wonderful and I love this post! Those statements at the bottom are words we should all live by.

Hugs and love,
GEM

mo.stoneskin said...

And there I was thinking that you both had some sort of head-transforming medical condition.

Seriously though, that was a great post. My head doesn't grow or shrink as quickly as that, it just slowly and steadily gets bigger and bigger until I am just a head. I think it then just pops.

diane said...

Tracey my gem: Yes, you are an emotional girl, but this is an emotional time for you. I wish you all the best as you celebrate your anniversary.

Mo S: I love your funny comment. I can't think of anything as funny to say back to you, except just one question: does it pop like a balloon or a pimple?

Eternally Distracted said...

A lovely post ... I think I took it far too literally though as I just found myself looking round at my empty office and thought 'yes, my head could swell a fair bit in this space' ...

Choo said...

I like your posts.Always are interesting.Kiss

The Concrete Commentator said...

awwww.. I love the beetle juice photo too!!

The Peach Tart said...

This was such a beautiful heart-felt post.

Girl Interrupted said...

I loved this! Really, really loved it!

The bit about yours and cute hubby's hearts texting each other made me sigh :) I hope I find that one day with someone special.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Oh I absolutely loved this! Especially the moral of the tale at the end... And I'm with GI - I especially loved that part of you and your cute hubby's hearts texting...priceless!

miriam said...

oh oh oh, this is beautiful!

diane said...

Eternally D: I'm so glad someone else could relate to the "big head" thing. Why is your office empty? Just curious.

CC: Beetlejuice was great, I still love it to this day.

The Peach Tart: Pun intended?

Girl I: Well, at least our hearts have figured out how to text, because I don't think C.H. and I have actually figured out how to do that.

Stacy: Welcome. I'm flattered that you took the time to read this, as most of the planet is following you.

Choo: Thank you, we all do our part.

miriam: I was actually going for "funny", but I'll take "beautiful". Thanks.

drollgirl said...

aw, this is so nice. well done. :)

Dooder City said...

Such great words to live by. I feel like you are such a rock for a lot of people, including me. I haven't been listening to my own heart because my head has been way to big and my ego has kind of been big too. I think that my heart has just taken a passenger seat in the back and is waiting for the chaos of the head vs. ego to settle.

This was the sign for my heart to take the driver's seat:)

Thank you Diane!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh Diane, I think this might be my all time favorite post of yours! I could feel your joy and see you shrinking then lighting up again.
The moral of your story is so true. I love how you brought it to life :-)
xoxo

Lulu said...

So very cool. You're genuinely genuine and I wonder how I found you? Because I'm just a snarky smartass and when my head swells, I'm usually tripping lightheartedly around on some cute 3 inch heels and then BAM - I trip over my ego, fall and wrench my cankle and hit my heard. Which deflates it.

Frogs in my formula said...

Simply lovely.

diane said...

Dooder C: The head vs. the ego, while the heart takes the back seat; that is so interesting. I'm glad you'll give the heart a chance to drive.

drollgirl: (elvis voice) Well, thank you very much.

Joanna J: I love your writing too. There have been times when I was too speechless to leave a proper comment.

Lulu: You crack me up. I've been know to walk into things too, and I have the little bruises to prove it.

Frogs in my formula: Thank you, and welcome to my blog. You have such an interesting title for your blog, I'm coming over.

Cait said...

now that was quite a tale. everyday needs to be an adventure. Just tonight..My Mom was so afraid Dad would fall off the ledder he put up on the basketball goal(we have never used it for baskeball) just to get on to put his topsey turvey tomatoes on the hoop. It would have been horrible if he fell and he wanted her to get under the ledder to hold him up..and he's like 4 times the size of her. She wouldn't do it. I didn't want her too.

Thankfully something was holding him up there and there wasn't a mess to call 911 about on car port.

I do love your story. & thanks for the comment too.

diane said...

Cait: I think you should start a third blog, and write about your family. If you don't, can I go back over your comments and compile a book? I think it would be a big seller.

Isabel said...

Hey, about my bookshelves - I don't think they're slanted. It's most likely just a weird camera angle, since the tripod I use is really old and my camera never sits properly on it.

diane said...

Isa: Well, if it's your camera and tripod that are doing that, then I think you have the coolest photography equipment that I've ever seen.

la flore et la faune said...

J'aime beaucoup ton article...

diane said...

la flore et la faune: Merci ma cherie. J'aime beaucoup votre illustrations.

Ayla said...

Hey this is Ayla from La C's contest.
First of all I want to comment on your post, I thought it was brilliant haha, I have such a smile on my face thinking about it, I thought all the head swelling was a bit bizarre at first but it turned out to be quite touching, I enjoyed it so much.
Then I want to thank you, both you and your sister for the comment on my entry for the contest, I hadn't written in two years and I was quite fearful that it would be crap (which i was still fearful of as i was posting) but your comment quite possibly made my week, I' so happy you both enjoyed it, thank you for commenting on it and showing your appriciation!
I like your blog, I think you've found yourself a new reader

diane said...

Ayla: You probably touched more people's hearts with your story than you know. I tried to get in touch with you, but I can't find a link. I am flattered beyond belief that you took the time to respond to my comment on La C's blog, and it shows that you care enough to communicate with your fans. (am I gushing?) I would love to read more of your stuff.

Ayl said...

Hi Diane! Thank you so much for your support, as flattered as you are at my response, I'm probably twice as flattered by your comments! I do have a blog over at wordpress.com, but due to the fact that I am never able to be consistent with my work I have a post count of two. They’re both personal posts and contain no writing. I would love to share my work with you but I am sad to inform you that all has been lost when my old computer crashed. This really has been the first story in a good while and it's and old, old hobby of mine, I draw now but I suppose if you'd give me inspiration or a direction for new story, I'd try my best and write one for you.
As you may have noticed the 'petit novelles' that La C adores are not exactly my thing, but it was a challenge, I hope you can offer me a challenge!

david mcmahon said...

Joanna told me I had to come here and read this post. I can see why!

jinksy said...

I did enjoy this new perspective on 'a day in the life.'

Sandi McBride said...

David sent me, Joanna sent him...good grief, this may lead somewhere! Great post, congrats on Post of the Day nomination!
Sandi

Moannie said...

Great imagary and terrific story. David at authorblog has sent me here by nominating for his Post of the Day.

I shall be back.

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