Happy To Meet Picasso


 shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous: the brilliant lights of the city. Distinguished; illustrious: a brilliant performance by a young pianist.




It’s Tuesday again, and you know what that means… today is Truth Be Told Tuesday. Thanks for checking in.


The first line in Leo Tolstoy’s book, Anna Karenina, states: ” All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”.


I was reminded of this fact last week when I reminisced about  my wife and son (Ryan) checking out “daddy’s old website”-www.mybabyroc.com- for the first time.



Mimi & Ryan

Mimi & Ryan (2006)


 Upon closer observation of my site, Ryan realized that he had seen the picture of the “old man”(Picasso) holding the baby before. “Dad that is the same picture you have on your desk,” he stated. I confirmed his belief then I asked if he knew who the man was?


“Poppa” he said,


“Close but no go” I replied. Can you say “Picasso?




Boy with a Pipe” – Pablo Picasso (1905)


“Picaaasssoo” he replied, in typical 5-year old fashion.


 I told him that Picasso was a very famous artist.


He then replied, “I know…Mimi and I met him at McDonald’s today.”


My wife and I are still laughing.


The fact is lost on few people how wonderful kids are and how they really do say the darnedest things. I still remember when Bryce was five- he’s 18 now -telling his brothers and me one morning that he “didn’t pee to bed” because as he stated, “ the pee stayed in his underwear.”




Bryce 2006

Bryce aka Will Smith (summer – 2006)



Really? You don’t see it. Look at those ears again and get back to me.


Ryan’s comment was brilliant on so many levels. It displayed how amazing a young child’s mind is and how great and funny a creative imagination can be. For many children, life is, and should be, so simple. They wake up in the morning and hit the floor running. Each day is a new day with no left over garbage from the day before. They like to play with their toys and in my house they might not know a famous artist when they see one but they can recite every word in a Phineas & Ferb episode.


They don’t obsess about the small details of life- that’s our job as parents to protect them from that – they just live.


It was at this very moment I realized how happy we are as a family. Everything hasn’t been easy (at times it has been downright unbearable), but it’s times like this, when a family member meets Picasso at McDonald’s, that I truly realize how fortunate we are.


That is my “Truth Be Told” for February 11, 2014 (tbtt . #6)




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What a Wonderful Life  .  Louie Armstrong


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