Posts Tagged ‘cousins’

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Here in my small corner of the world, as I sit at this desk and write…. with the window over my left shoulder widely open, the sun shines brightly and warmly. Perhaps not quite as warmly as in the picture above… where, at this very moment, these beautiful grandchildren of mine are enjoying another day together in the Magic Kingdom. A picture just sent to me by my daughter. Through the wonders of modern technology, I can see…. almost to the moment…. what fun they are having.

This has become close to an annual trek for the two families. Sometimes together and sometimes just one family at a time. Only every so often does a year go by without a visit. Does anyone ever tire of going to Disneyland? Come to think of it, I do know one who has said enough is enough and she refuses to cross the threshold ever again. The magic went pouf so to speak. That comes from living within ‘spitting distance’ of the great and mighty theme park where every visitor to your door expects a guided tour for at least one day at the park.

Hence…no more Disneyland for my dear cousin Dinah.

Mostly though… my first thoughts when the picture arrived on my doorstep went back to a long ago wish that I had for my two daughters when they were so so young and my “babies.” Amy and Allison won’t remember this but we used to have get togethers with several of their mother’s friends from her years of teaching at Jane Addams. Nearly all of us being first year teachers, we were full of energy, enthusiasm and creativity. How lucky was that school to have us burst upon the scene.

Good things come to an end, however, and most of us ended up leaving the profession, at least temporarily, when the joy of a first born became a shared experience for us. We were all blessed and fortunate enough to be stay-at-home mothers for the first years of our children’s young lives.

(If I do say so myself) Jane Addams’ loss was mighty when we all ‘retired.’ So, it was great fun to keep up with our friendships under the guise of playdates for our children. ‘Two birds with one stone’…. or lunch together. Chicken Divan Casseroles, Caesar Salads eagerly awaited at one table…. PB&J’s with milk and cookies at the other.

The memory comes from one of those luncheons when my friend Jan invited her sister, Diane, to join us for that get together. Those two sisters had four young children between them… all very close in age and…. oh how they seemed to be best friends with children who felt the same. As I witnessed the laughter and fun and love clearly expressed between them, I distinctly remember thinking and wishing for that kind of friendship to be shared between my daughters in the future. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they kept close and if their children were the happy recipients of their mothers’ love and friendship for one another?… I thought to myself.

And there they all be
at the magic kingdom today…
where wishes really do come true.

Have great fun and make more memories to share and last forever.

Thank You, Amy! Love the picture and it took me to another place and time this afternoon. One just never knows what might fall upon ones’ doorstep each and every day.

Love,
Mom

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Okay Miss “Lizzie Lu” (Shh! I always wanted to call you that but wasn’t sure how kindly you would take to my nickname…. so I decided to leave well enough alone.)

So, Miss Elizabeth…

This is one very belated birthday story! And Birthday Wish For You!!

Well…. don’t really have a story to tell because I’m sure that you’ve heard the story of the day you were born so many times already that I’d just be a boring re-tell… even though I do have a certain perspective that no one else could possibly have seen. So… someday you and I will have to share what your very real ‘birthday’ was like from my point of view. Until then, know that you were a joy and blessing to welcome into our family. The very first of my now seven grandchildren.

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Ah! But wait! A mere three months later and along comes blessing number two by the name of Ethan Jack. And you dear boy… I always thought you’d become an EJ and I was looking forward to the nickname.

But, alas!

Neither you nor Elizabeth ever got shortened into the category of nicknames. Perhaps just as well. Both of you have simply glorious given names. I can’t imagine calling either of you anything but Ethan and Elizabeth. So I was right in the first place by leaving well enough alone.

And, as with your cousin, Elizabeth, I’m sure that you’ve heard the story of the day you were born many times over. It was quite a coincidence, however, that you both decided to make your appearance into this world, and our lives, an entire month earlier than you were actually due to land… giving us all pause to worry just a bit!. But here you both are into your teen years and growing up all too fast for this Nana to adjust to.

So There!

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You know that I just can’t resist a little bit of reflection!! Chalk it up to the teacher in me! (pun intended)

Not that I would have listened to any of these suggestions that I’m about to propose when I was fourteen but maybe you two will. If not this fourteenth year of your life, perhaps in years to come….

Dear Elizabeth and Ethan,

A friend of mine had dinner with her 28 year old granddaughter the other night. My friend was proud to tell me all about her granddaughter’s accomplishments as a graduate in the school of business and that she now has this amazing job with a great company here in town. It got me to thinking about the both of you and where you might be in fourteen years, and more importantly, how you will be in the world.

And, I shall state the obvious here…. a lot of that depends on you and the choices you make. There will be so much you can’t control in the coming years. But you can choose, in fact you have to choose, every single day who you’re going to be.

FOR EXAMPLE:

You can choose gratitude over thanklessness. “Let your heart be awakened to the transforming power of gratefulness.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

You can choose kindness over thoughtlessness. If you act from a compassionate place, you can change someone’s life. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama.

You can choose how you spend your time. Because how you spend your time really does end up being how you spend your life. It’s not about how you make a living so don’t worry about what you want to be when you grow up. Just decide who you want to be today!

You can choose to ask for help, support and the love that you really need, instead of pretending you can go it alone because you’re determined not to impose on anyone else. This bit of wisdom and advice comes directly from the heart of your Nana as, in this case, she admonishes you to do as she says… not as she has done in the past. “I get by with a little help from my friends.” ~ Ringo Starr

Are you nodding off yet?

‘Cause I, of course, could go on and on but I won’t. That’s enough pontificating for this journal entry.

Well, come to think of it!

As a connoisseur of the gourmet, I must add one more small but very important addition to my list of reflections on growing up…..

Don’t wait until you are forty to try mustard greens or swiss chard or other foods you think are weird. After all, Ethan, remember how much you liked your Mom’s green salad the other day at lunch? Who knew? And, if you hadn’t tried, you would never have known. And now your palate and menu choices have been broadened.

I’m so excited about the young man and young woman that you both are now and will become in the years hence. I can hardly wait to see you fourteen years from now.

“God willing and the creek don’t rise,” as a very wise and dear old friend used to say to me so often… let’s plan to meet for lunch. OK?

Just what delicious morsel will be ordered off the menu in fourteen years? I wonder!!

Love,
Nana

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Look at that! Seven grandchildren all in one post! And, mostly all up to date in photo shoots with the one exception…. that picture of Emily and Elizabeth was taken quite some time ago. Still an all time favorite and just had to include it in my Spring celebration.

Did you ever stop to ponder that if we had no Winter, Spring would not be nearly so marvelously pleasant and appreciated? Just one of the many reasons why I so love where I live. Don’t know what I’d do without the full definition of the four seasons. And then too… while we have the seasons, we never really have the harsh reality of what the four seasons are like elsewhere. Feet and feet of snow in the Winter or scalding hot temperatures that Summer can bring are not reality here in my small corner of the world. Okay… so it can rain a lot but there’s so much to appreciate about a rainy day and I do.

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But right now this day today… Spring has sprung and things are awakening and coming into bloom, including the stirrings that I sense within myself and those around me.

So here I offer some observations on just what makes the arrival of Spring so very fine. . .

 

spring birdsThe lighter evenings. Out from hibernation they come… as outdoor seating emerges from many of the restaurants and coffee shops in town.

Waking up to the sounds of spring outside an open window, as birds sing and gather nesting material.

Noticing happier people as they walk through the door of our shop, wanting to purchase a new spring top, is one of the annual signs that winter is finally taking a last bow.

Seeing our customers dressed in more colorful clothing. The dark and sober shades of winter are giving way to Spring’s livelier palette and everyone notices the difference when they come into the shop. Ah color!!!

Blossoming trees and shrubs illuminate the town’s corner gardens at this time of year. Their brief flowering is one of the loveliest displays of the season.

Mowing of the lawns for the first time evokes the smell of freshly cut grass and with it so many memories of spring on campuses and in neighborhoods.

And last, but certainly not least…

14330520_s‘It’s always lovely to see lambs frolicking around in fields. This time of year is lambing season – and there can be fewer more remarkable sights than seeing a lamb enter the world. Spring would not be what it is if little lambs were not to be seen dancing in the fields.’ (courtesy of sue dowman and The Lincolnshire Echo.) How perfectly lovely and British!!

‘Cause just who am I kidding? When was the last time I saw lambs frolicking in the fields? However, that does make me think of Sadie and her sojourns on the sunny deck… meager tho they may be, she has had a few of those already this spring and you can just see her salivating for more of the great outdoors on a sunny day.

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