Mom loves to "go" so this change will be harder on her than Chick, but she is also very pragmatic and will do what needs to be done. We have marveled at her statements about just walking to the grocery store if necessary since it is over a mile away. When we start feeling like wimps we just say "remember MOM"!
As always, we have been given many "jewels" over the past few weeks. Our bird gifts have included Bluebirds and the Swallow Tailed Kite. These are all in mom's neighborhood along with Cardinals, Mockingbirds, Sandhill Cranes and Red Shouldered Hawks.
|This pic from Cornell Ornithological Lab Webpage|
For us, exciting things have often been happening at the state park mentioned earlier where we go for our daily walk (usually). The other day we saw that the Magnolias had started to bloom and some water lily pads captured memories of the previous evening rain.
But perhaps the "jewels" we cherish the most happen to us as we travel what we hope is the intentional path we have chosen. This leads me to a few stories. We have visited a neighborhood pub in the afternoon while Mom has her nap and were quickly adopted by a new friend. Our shared times have been nourishing, and we already look forward to reconnecting next year. Thank you.
We also had to have a visit to a body shop (nothing serious just some rust from the Keys) and had a conversation with a gentleman who wanted to talk with us about his daughter. She had been seriously abused by a boyfriend and had chosen a female partner. He talked about his initial struggle but his overwhelming joy at seeing her happiness. He believed God's love had won out in her life. Thank you.
My last little anecdote happened in the supermarket. I was about three people back in the line and was observing the two people at the register. The one appeared to be the daughter, while the older one, who appeared to be the mother, was looking around restlessly and chattering to herself. While we waited, a thirty-looking black woman entered the store and walked toward an aisle about 50 feet from where we all stood. The older woman started yelling "youngin, youngin." The younger woman heard her calling, spun on her heels and made a straight line to the voice she recognized. She was immediately wrapped in the older one's arms, and after hugs and kisses, they parted with smiles spread across both faces. The gentleman ahead of me turned to say that the older woman had been a teacher and had taught every kid in this town for the past forty-five years. This one was one of hers. Thank you.
I have been reminded of all the "youngins" I have been privileged to teach, work with, and see go on their way in their own life. To each of them I send out a loving shout-out and a special hug! Thank you.
And thank you to all the jewels in our lives. We can feel your love and support wherever we go.
I am excited to share that I will pass the seventy-year mark before I write again. Their are so many things to say as I pass this special milepost. My heart is full and grateful for my wonderful life partner and all we share, my daughter and family, my birth family, my adopted children and families, friends, friends, friends, good health, and memories of the experiences that have made my life full and blessed. In every way, and to everyone, THANK YOU!