So, what the shiz, here it is! I chose the title of my blog because it is my second favorite quote from one of my favorite movies (Fantastic Mr. Fox) inspired by one of my favorite authors (Roald Dahl). The last line of the film features Foxy (voiced by alpha-male George Clooney) saying, "here's to our survival" as a kind of happy, defiant, stick-it-to-anyone-who-doubts-us victory cheer that he and his family and friends have escaped the clutches of failure and, while not perfect, life for them continues.
My life at home with four young boys, one of whom has special needs and is nonverbal and mentally delayed, is filled with both shiz and survival. It's messy. Very. But it's real and it's happening, and by George, we're surviving!
By the way, my very favorite quote from the aforementioned film is a random little exchange between Foxy and his wife (Meryl Streep) where he tells her, "I'm tired of living in a hole. It makes me feel poor," to which she replies, "We are poor." I think I love it so much because she offers a kernel of truth which is unencumbered by euphemism, brilliantly accepting of reality, and never self-pitying. Perhaps this is my goal, too.