I wish you all a wonderful weekend….enjoy the scenes around you.
I love the way our yard looks…..scarecrows of all sizes and colors, pumpkins, mums ready to burst with color….such an awesome sight... such a beautiful season. I had an opportunity to take a long walk this morning and it was breathtaking (partly because it was so cold….but it beats 99 degrees!! ). Brightly colored decorations adorned many of the houses. Squirrels are scurrying everywhere with nuts to hide. Our sweet dog, Maverick, was on the walk with me. He is such a timid little pup, afraid of his own shadow. And with every scarecrow he would growl and walk a little toward them, then dash off. Anyone who saw me walking also saw me trying to reason with him. Good heavens, am I daft?? Nope. I just don't want him to be so afraid.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend….enjoy the scenes around you.
This morning I was sitting in a church waiting for a funeral to begin. I was early, so it was still and serene in the church. There were a few devout women praying the rosary in Polish. When they were finished one of the ladies came up to me, face smiling. And then, with tears in her eyes, she said the most wonderful thing to me….."You are so beautiful!" She kissed me on the cheek and left. I have never thought of myself as "beautiful." And I wasn't feeling particularly beautiful this morning. But that one comment changed the color of my day.
We really do NOT perceive ourselves as others perceive us…at least I don't….but somewhere within each one of us there is a beauty that surfaces in many different ways…. be it a smile, gentle touch, hug, whatever. Our "blossom," our light shines forth and brings warmth to others.
Be gentle with yourself and let your light shine…...
Do you remember Karen Carpenter? If so, then you will remember the song "Rainy
days and Mondays always get me down ....." That's kind of how I felt when I awoke this morning to the sound of rain on the windows. "So," I said to myself, "how can you make the sunshine appear?" Having been unable to arrive at a rational answer, I went to the gym to exercise and swim. As I entered the pool, there were suddenly rays of sunlight coming through the skylights. Ah, what a wonderful feeling to have been there at just the moment when the sun would pop through......
Now that's a simple thing, right? But it got me to thinking about how easy it is to "miss" little signs of wonder. It is a reminder for me to pay attention to all that surrounds me. Each day I will open my eyes and ears and heart to the world around me. Then it won't matter if it's a rainy day....
Have a peaceful day!
Our visit to the Fire Station open house this morning was great! Patrick was dressed in his fireman raincoat and his fireman hat. He was READY!! And with that outfit, he was a big hit! He was also looking forward to the free popcorn. ;) Erin and Molly went with to the open house, scaled the climbing wall. Patrick got to slide down a mock pole....so so cute! He had his picture taken with the Captain, so I'm guessing he will be in several pictures on the local newspaper this upcoming week. When Patrick is mesmerized by something he directs his full attention on that
I have to say that our firemen and women are really wonderful. They all seemed to be genuinely happy greeting the children, showing them around. I thanked each of the firefighters for all they do for us. Really, these men and women put their lives on the line every day. We are blessed.....
When I picked up our grandson, Patrick, this morning he told me he wanted to be a fire ENGINE for Halloween. At 2 1/2 he is a bundle of energy and questions and loves to mimic. As we were dropping Erin off for school, Patrick heard a fire engine and yelled "woooooooooooooooowoooooooooooooo." That, of course, is his rendition of a fire engine siren. So, I thought to myself "hmmmmm, maybe we need to visit the fire station this morning." After a brief stop at the bakery to pick out four little cookies, we headed for the station. One of the engines had just been called out to a fire, but another was in the station. Two firemen were so kind and let Patrick sit in the driver's seat of the massive fire engine. The look on his face.....nothing like it. If only we could see the world thru the eyes of a child.
But better yet, tomorrow we will return to the station for an open house. I am anxious to see his reaction when he sees a fireman slide down the pole, and put out a fire. Yet another day of childlike awe and wonder is ahead of me tomorrow. I can't wait! Hm, do you think they would let a grandma sit in the driver's seat, too?
As I stood in line at Walmart this afternoon, I was playing peekaboo with a little boy ahead of me. His mommy had two other little boys with her....three sons. As a new cashier opened up next to the first, I moved over to it (having waved bye bye to the little guy, of course). In this second line there was another woman checking out ahead of me. She was watching the mom and her three little boys (as they were touching "things") and started "sharing" her thoughts on children and what happens when they get older......"I know because I have twin boys in college and a 17 year old daughter. If you think you have problems now, WAIT until they get older. So enjoy it while you can." She went on to embellish about the trials and tribulations of raising children. Finally, when I had heard enough I quietly said to the embellisher "but how fortunate that you HAVE children.....so many are unable to." Okay, I know, I know, it's NONE OF MY BUSINESS! But, quite honestly I don't ever remember saying something like that to a mommy who has enough to deal with as she checks out with three little boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Acually, I don't recall ever complaining about having children. As silly, naughty, crabby or non attentive as my children might have been on a given day (heck, silly, naughty, crabby, non attentive could also describe me on given days!) I was still so thrilled to have been blessed with them. And as they got older I enjoyed the changes and, finally, being able to interact with them as adults.
Morale of the story:
Remember how fortunate you are to have children.
REMEMBER there may be people around you who would love to be "putting up with" KIDS!
Keep your (my) mouth shut while waiting in store lines. ;)
Lovely day spent with Jim today….mass and breakfast out, then drove to check out the new Rivers casino (not enuf quarter slots). It was fun watching people at the slots. Out for dinner tonight….and I now have a brand new laptop….an hp notebook!!!!!!!!!!! YES! Of course I will need extensive educating on it, but in addition to the techies in our family, Jimmy, at 12, is right in their with techies!!!
He's the one on the left of the "Future Techies of the world."
43 years ago today I married the love of my life…..and he is STILL holding that rank. ;) When I think back to that crisp day in 1968 I wonder how 43 years could fly by so quickly.
I am grateful for having found Jim….or him finding me….because (corny as it may sound) we really are soulmates. It is such a blessing to find that special someone and an even greater gift to be able to share your lives together.
Jim, I will love you forever and a day.
Once again fall is upon us…. a welcome respite after a very hot, rainy summer. Soon the trees will transform to brilliant golds, reds, oranges, yellows….just like this picture. And the air will be cool and crisp. Can you tell that I LOVE fall???!!! I seem to feel more alive in the fall than in any other season. Interesting…..
Thoughts to ponder……………...
What is your favorite season? Or seasons?
What part of that season brings creation to mind?
What makes the season so special for you?
I wish you peace on this journey into fall……..
Last night our daughter, Jen, gave a presentation including a slide show, to a group 200-300 parents and high school students about the effects of drinking and driving . For those who know us, you know this topic is near and (not so) dear to our hearts. For the past six months Jenny has spoken to various groups and DUI offenders about our Meggan, who was killed by a drunk driver. Interestingly enough Jenny has never liked speaking publicly, but, her story, written so articulately has brought her into this arena. I have no doubt that her words are touching others. Perhaps it will prevent another family from suffering the tragedy of losing a child. When a DUI takes the life of another it is never just one family who is affected. It's as if a penny is thrown into a pond, creating a whirlpool, carrying the "message" on and on and on.
Though the anniversary of Meg's death will be 20 years Nov 17, 2011, much of it seems like yesterday. So, for Jenny, telling the story is very timely. She is scheduled to speak to other groups in the upcoming months.
The butterfly is our symbol for Meggan…..fly free little one.
Have a peaceful day.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable