However, I'm single. This weirdo has yet to find another weirdo to love. And my friends are special and weird, but really, there is only one person to whom I should devote this post-
The Grand Weirdo.
Her Weirdness taught me about the outdoors. I spent time in the bushes as a child, and at the beach, and in the mountains, and in the desert. We still enjoy dirt together.
|Tidepooling in Dana Point a few years ago.|
Her Weirdness taught me to love animals, and that pets are for better or for worse. Inconvenience is not a factor.
|Mom and her granddog, Trixie, looking purdy for Christmas.|
She recently became an Oma, to my brother's kids. One does not mess with Oma. Although, one does apparently cover Oma's house in red lipstick and gel candle goo. Oma still loves her little boys. She shall perpetuate the weird with another generation. Incidentally, these two little dudes are the reason I'm "Tante."
|Oma meets her Bug, 2010|
|Oma's Bug got bigger, 2011|
|Oma gains a Hopper, 2012|
Her Weirdness is a skilled Maker Of Things, and is probably where I inherited it from. Dad's clever, too, but his process is different.
|Hardanger ring pillow for a friend's wedding, 2008|
|Pony swing, 2007? We had one just like it when we were kids.|
She does not shy away from public foolishness, and thoroughly enjoys wearing ridiculous, costumey things. From her, I learned that there is no such thing as "too much," only "not enough."
|I am responsible for the eyelashes, the head thing, and the shitty photograph. No snappy snaps while you're drinking, Tante. They don't end up flattering to anyone.|
|Halloween is important. Her Weirdness as Frida Kahlo, and the Heir Apparent as a witch. This, my friends, is why we don't let the short people take our pictures. It's not a cute angle.|
My mother is my landlord, my therapist, my voice of reason, my partner in many crimes, my ride to Pageant, my dog's babysitter, and my cat washing assistant. I look like my father, my essential habits and personality traits are my father's, but when push comes to shove, I am my mother's child.
|Magnificent hat by Her Weirdness. Devil Eyes courtesy of the Heir Apparent.|