When 2 Soul Sisters were growing up, they were both passionate about different things.  1969, Kim was passionate about baby dolls.  I was passionate about sports.

Of all Kim’s dolls, I think Baby That-a-way was the most loved.  Baby That-a-way was released by Mattel in 1974.  On the Baby That-a-way box, it says “Getting into trouble, crawling to and fro…She’s the spunky little girl who’s always on the go!”  Baby That-a-way was the most popular doll for several years.

My passion was sports.  I was a Atlanta Falcon’s fan.  On Sunday afternoons, I remember watching football on tv with my daddy.  After the Falcon’s game, the neighborhood kids would get in the backyard and play football for hours (with Clint, Craig, Stacy, and Chip).  I always wanted to be quarterback. I was inspired by the Falcon’s quarterback, Steve Bartkowski.  He was a tall, good looking, and from Southern California.  Bartkowski was drafted No. 1 overall in 1976 by the Falcons.  He was the one to save the Atlanta Falcons.  The Atlanta television shows broke into the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to announce the news.  What happened?   Well, 5 games into the second season, Bart hurt his knee.  The hopes and dreams of a Super Bowl team were tossed aside for many years.

Today, February 5, 2017, I will watch the Falcons play for Super Bowl Champions.  I will be cheering on Matt Ryan and his teammates.  If only I still had my awesome sweatshirt from back in the day.

Baby That-a-way and Steve Bartkowski have now gone down in history.  I sure hope, today, the Atlanta Falcons will go down in history as 2017 Super Bowl Champs.

Rise UP!
Thanks, Bobo and “GA” for passing along empathy and the love of art! I read 1965’s post last 
 Wednesday and thought to myself…how did we end up this way as adults. We are right brained educators. We love to help when there is a need but we don’t like the spotlight on us as individuals. Yes, we get that from our parents which got me to thinking about my own daughter as she turns 18 this week.
See post here: http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2017/01/making-art-with-grandmas-1987-sauers.html
I have folks all the time ask me things like:
How did you think of that?
Who taught you to do that?
How did you get so thoughtful?
Wow, what a meaningful gift…
You see “Growing Up Cochran” we weren’t brought up very differently. It is just that our parents put us first and modeled some really good parenting behavior for us. It is described in this post here: http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/07/growing-up-cochran.html
Why do we think as if there was no box at all? Maybe, because our parents allowed us to be that way!
Sometimes it is the little things that get passed on:
All I know is Bobo and GA are good folks with big hearts. They are the kind of people that I seek to be friends with in my adult’ing life and my art teacher’in career. I like the fact that they passed down certain things to me and my sister. A few things I remember from my childhood:
Visiting the nursing home to check in on an elderly family member.
Taking flowers to the grave yard at Christmas to sing to my grandparents.
Taking food to someone who was having a hard time…a death, sickness, etc…
Above all, we always had a pet! (dogs, cats and rabbits)
This piece of art is very special to me. I have it hanging in my kitchen. It is made from an old wooden Coke crate. My Dad, threw each one of those pots by hand. He glazed them all differently and created this way super cool piece just for me. It is a pain to dust, but each time I do. I look at how many hours went in to creating this and the thought process of having something to pass on down to my daughter.
Great article on empathy here:
I think I learned how to be a loyal friend along the way with my parents. I have watch my daughter be a very loyal friend over the years to others to a default. She has learned some hard lessons along the way, but it has made her a better person. During some of those hard lessons it was nice to be able to retreat to Bobo and GA’s and just chill to get perspective on life!
I am so thankful for my parents and the gifts and talents that they passed on to us. We are blessed to be artsy and to be family. I appreciate all of my Bobo and Ga originals! Thanks for helping make my house rather unique. You guys are the best!
Say wha?
Occasionally, I find myself saving weird things.  My grandmother passed away in 1987 and I inherited these 4 spice boxes.  The spice boxes are about 30 years old.  The Stick Cinnamon, Celery Seed, Oregano, and Ginger, (some with spices still in them) were in my spice cabinet until very recently.  Obviously, I did not use these spices.  You see, my grandmother was a great cook.  I have always thought that having her spices in my kitchen might improve my cooking.  Well, I have been cooking 29 years and no luck.  Notta.  So, I decided to pass on the 4 boxes to my family members in the form of art.
I purchased the small wooden boxes from Walmart.  (see below) 
First, I painted the boxes white.
Then, I used E6000 to attach the spice boxes to the wood. 
Once the spice box was secure, I painted random memories of my grandmother on the box. A standout memory is what she said after she finished eating one of her yummy, southern meals.  She always said, “This sho’ is good, even if I do say so myself.”  
I included other things about growing up with Ma Wini painting all around the box.  I have food, places, aunts, uncles, cousins, things, and even her phone number, as a tribute to the first Paula Deen.
Check out the spice of the oregano.  A whopping 23 cents!
It’s a NEW YEAR, everybody!
Listen to the Spice Girls and “Spice Up Your Life!”