What’s Happening?

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I’ve had several interesting things happen to me lately.  The first was traveling with my family to Santa Cruz, California.  I found, when I was there, that I was looking at people in various places who had greying hair and wondering if I went to school with them.  

Jelly Shadow

Jelly Shadow

I might only be able to recognize someone if I have seen them on Facebook.  It has been a very long time since I lived in Santa Cruz; 1980 to be exact.  While in Santa Cruz, I found that my mind was full of memories from the time that I lived there.  They were mostly childhood memories and now I was looking at grey haired people with the thought that I could identify them, had they been my classmates.  I was looking at grey haired people……OH!……that makes me one of those people!

Blue Jelly on the Beach

Blue Jelly on the Beach

Where did the time go?  I still feel young, and I still remember being young.  I still love wandering the tidepools.  My body feels older but my mind feels young.  That’s probably true for all those grey haired people I was looking at.  They probably wonder, “How did I get here?”

Crab Near the Pools

Crab Near the Pools

Another interesting thing that has been happening to me is that every time I shop at Lunardi’s Market in Walnut Creek, they stop and look at me and give me a senior discount.  They don’t even ask if I’m a senior!  What age is a senior anyway?  I turn 60 tomorrow and I don’t think I look my age.  What is happening to me?  I want to be clear about something…..this age thing just creeps up on you and you don’t even see it coming.  Our children look at us and think that we don’t move as quickly as they remember us moving when they were kids.  The thing is, our minds are still moving, just at a different pace then our bodies are.  We know that they will find out our secrets soon enough, and then our time spent with them now, will seem to make more sense.  

Nearing Sunset

Nearing Sunset

Have you ever noticed how the sky changes color before the sun begins to set?  On certain days, it seems to lose its color before the glorious colors of the sunset show themselves.

Color on the Pier

Color on the Pier

So, even though some of us may look like we are losing our color, it is possibly our most colorful time of life.  We are not  unlike this pier that has accumulated much as it holds the wharf up.  If you look at it closely, you will find a beautiful sight.  Long story short, it is not too late to follow your dreams…..even if your hair is turning grey.  

Far Beyond Normandy

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Lately I’ve been thinking about our trip to France a couple of years ago.  We walked down the Normandy Beach on an eerily still Fall day.  When you are there, you are consumed with thoughts of WWII and what those young men must have been thinking while being dropped off to perform an unimaginable task.  What is most remarkable, is that it is so very peaceful there now.  

Normandy Beach

Normandy Beach

While wandering around Paris, we happened upon a very large building with a glass roof, The Grand Palais.  I was told that tourists seldom get to see inside of this building, but there we were with the giant side doors standing wide open, and I was allowed to take a couple of photos.  It was immense and beautiful.

Surprise Opening

Surprise Opening

Around every corner was a gorgeous church and often the pipe organ would be playing.  Music is the most amazing universal language.  I wish that everyone around the world would be touched by the spirit of lovely music.  I don’t think that all people seek peace in their lives.  I am so sad about the events that occurred in Paris this past week.

One Peaceful Universal Language

One Peaceful Universal Language

With that being said, I think the world could use a little more things to celebrate and be light-hearted about.  You can find this happy frog in the pond at the Schramsberg Caves near Calistoga.  We went there with some friends a bit ago and had a remarkably memorable day.

More Bubbles Please

More Bubbles Please

It’s on days like that, when I realize that my little life, in my little piece of California, is quite lovely.  I hope that, wherever you are, your life is peaceful and lovely too.

It Will Make Your Mother’s Day!

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My Early Years

My Early Years

 

I’ve thought a lot about writing about mothers today, and the impact they have on our lives.  Mother’s Day is on Sunday and I am now a mom who has adult children who live on their own.  This makes Mother’s Day quite different for me then how it used to be.  I am lucky if I get a homemade card from one of my grandchildren and I remember how lovely it was when my own children would give me a handmade card.  My favorite handmade cards came with coupons that I could use at a later date to receive help around the house.  I still have some of those unused coupons in my drawer and I love to look at them and remember when my children were small.  In case anyone wonders, as a mom, I always read the sentiment printed on the card and the sentiment that is written by hand.  I have had some of the nicest cards given to me over the years.

This Mother’s Day is one where, some of the people I know, will be having their first Mother’s Day, without their mother (as she has passed on).  This is a place we seldom contemplate when we are young and our mother is doing everything for us.  We don’t stop to consider what our world would be like without our mother.  My mother is here, but with her dementia, she won’t remember that it is Mother’s Day, even if I tell her fifteen times.  I miss her sometimes when I am sitting next to her and I realize that she is there, yet so much of who she was is already gone.  As mothers, on this earth, we are very much alike.  It is with this thought that I want to share something with you.

Mom & Me

Mom & Me

The one universal thing that makes a mother the happiest, is when all of her children are together and enjoying each others company.  It sounds like a little thing, but as you grow older, it happens less and less often.  So, if you can, try to find the time to be together as a family, if only for a bit.  It will make your Mother’s Day!

On The Ice In SF

On The Ice In SF

One of my children came to visit me last weekend.  It was an early Mother’s Day surprise.  We sat and we talked about our favorite memories of growing up.  His fondest memory was the same as mine, with regards to our link to each other.  Those times are lovely to reminisce about.  So share your fondest memories with your mom this Sunday and if you all can’t be together, well, there’s always Facetime or Tango.  Have a Happy Weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day too!

Day In Glen Ellen

Day In Glen Ellen