Wednesday, August 27, 2014

'Pretty Little Liars' Says Goodbye To A Major Character in Fatal Finale-- Contains Spoilers

Let's talk about that Pretty Little Liars fatal finale, the appropriately titled, "Taking This One To The Grave" (one of the lines in the show's theme song.)

Mona was murdered. And Spencer goes to jail.

PLL has been warning us of the death of a major character all season. In fact, Executive Producer Marlene King told Hollywood Reporter that "fans would be left speechless", while Lucy Hale said in an interview that this would be "the most shocking and heartbreaking episode yet."

While we all sort of suspected it would/could be Mona, it was still shocking to see the liars find Mona's house covered in blood.  Then... Mona's pale and lifeless body in the trunk of A's car. The "A" who broke into Mona's house had identical hair to Allison, but the show cleverly never revealed if actually was her or not. Fans are left assuming that Allison has been "A" all along. It would make sense since it also appears that Allison has set Spencer up to take the fall for the murder of Bethany Young.

Pretty Little Liars is coming back later this year for a Christmas special (skipping its usual Halloween special), with an episode titled "How The A Stole Christmas." We're guessing this is why Emily went on a crazed Christmas decorating spree during the middle of a crisis.  

Image Credit: ABC Family 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Baby Steps

by Sarah 

My little guy took his first steps at ten months old. What I didn't realize about babies until I had one is that when they are learning to walk, it takes them a lot of practice. Taking their first steps and officially walking can happen a few weeks apart. Noah didn't officially start walking until this past week (meaning he could walk clear across a room) at eleven months & one week. 

Babies take a step, they fall down.  They take two steps, they fall down. They take five steps, and then they sit down and crawl because it's easier.  Then, one day, they realize they can walk across the room.  It's a process.  It's a necessary process that allows you to gain experience and confidence.

What is so inspiring about this process is that a baby never gets bummed out or gives up when they fall down. Sure, they'll cry and hold their arms out for Mama or Dada to come pick them up, but after a few minutes, they're ready to do it all over again. They get right back up. Giving up and feeling bad about falling down is something that adults do. Babies haven't yet learned this. 

Seeing this raw perseverance reminds me that falling down isn't anything bad.  It means you're trying.  You're learning.  It's almost silly how we, as adults, teach ourselves that it's okay to give up. Whenever you're sitting on the floor crying with a bump on your head because you're trying to take on something so massive as walking, you're doing something amazing. Failing isn't falling down. It's not getting back up to try again.  

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