I just loved the whimsical topic of Dragon Hunter this week. It inspired me to write a rhyming haiku series, not always easy to do with the syllable limits. It immediately took me back to my own childhood days of cloud gazing, and when I did the same with my own kids. What a magical thing it is! I still do it when I get a chance, but often it is when Dan is driving and we both notice the beautiful cloud shapes in the Virginia sky. I probably take as many cloud pictures as I do cat pictures – well, maybe not. Certainly not as many pictures I take of my grandchildren Posie and Hatcher, when I get the chance to be with them!
This week’s poem is dedicated to Posie and Hatcher. They are my heart’s delight, and Katie sends me photos daily of them. They are growing and changing each day. When we saw them in October and December, I gave Posie a bunch of Katie’s things that I had saved from when she was a child. There was one particular pale pink satin leotard and matching skirt that Katie wore nonstop – and Posie wore it to her gymnastic class and riding her scooter yesterday! You can’t imagine how deeply that touched my heart. And little Hatcher is growing and just got a big boy haircut – WOW, he looks even more handsome than before! I simply cannot wait to see them and play with them again. Grandchildren are so very special.
I hope you have a chance to breathe deep and cloud gaze this weekend. It is so relaxing to just watch the clouds drift by and morph into different shapes. It’s good for the soul, and it brings immediate serenity to me. Have a wonderful weekend, all!
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 31.14 Topic: Dragon Hunter Hard Bonus: Incorporate a lyric by The Clash (Should I stay or should I go) Easy Bonus: Include your favorite childhood toy (doll)
This takes me way back to 1987, when my life most definitely changed for the better. Dan and I originally met in 1982 in Oklahoma City, where we both worked for Arthur Andersen & Company. We lived different lives back then, but socialized together in a large group of work friends. It was strictly platonic; however, he did give me a glowing performance evaluation for some work I did for him as a paraprofessional. Then the 1980’s oil and gas bust happened, he left for Florida for a new position, and I eventually divorced and transferred to Washington, DC. He found out through a mutual friend, and she gave him my number. After a series of catching up phone calls with Dan, he invited me down to Florida for our first date. I thought, “Why not? I know him very well already, plus he’s a nice guy and cute, too.” Well, he took me to the Bahamas for our first date – such a surprise! Long story short, we fell in love and knew that we were going to end up together. In fact, now that I think of it we got engaged 35 years ago. One of the best things that ever happened to me!
I have no regrets in my life. I believe that everything happens for a reason, though we may not know it at the time. Our lives are chaotic, we experience heartbreak, we take risks, we give our heart and hope for the best. The journey we go through makes us the person we are. I wouldn’t be the strong person I am today without conquering the challenges I have faced at many points of my life. I am grateful for the love, wisdom and joy that I have come to know in life. That’s all. Just some random thoughts running through my head as I prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Life is such a blessing!
I hope you all have a wonderful, Happy Thanksgiving!
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 20.14 Topic: Topsy Turvy Hard Bonus: Discuss the Butterfly Effect Easy Bonus: Mention a taxi or Uber
Even though Blogophilia is on hiatus this summer, my plan is to keep writing, something – ANYTHING on a weekly basis. I almost caved in and let myself get lazy, but I always feel incomplete if I don’t download the week’s thoughts and emotions into some type of scribble scrabble….
Wishing everyone out there a Happy Father’s Day!!! This year (as in many years past), I share my birthday with Father’s Day. I was hoping that grandson Hatcher would be born this weekend (would be cool to share my birthday), but as of now it looks like he’s staying put. His due date is June 25, so anything could happen. We are anxiously waiting for the call and plan to hop in our car and start the drive to Florida once Katie goes into labor. I need to get packing NOW!!!! Happy Summer all! ❤
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 9.14 Topic:By the Water Hard Bonus (2 points): Include the meaning of life Easy Bonus (1 Point): Use the title of a song by Alison Krauss (“Lay My Burden Down,” “Blue Trail of Sorrow,” “Sinking Stone, “Gravity” and “Gentle River”)