I want to grow like a tree-stretch my branches to reach higher, and my roots probing deeper with understanding.
"The life you have led doesn't need to be the only one you have." Anna Quindlen The world clock on my phone has more time zones than one family should have. In the last month I have added Chang Mai, Lisbon, Geneva, Shanghai, Minneapolis and Osaka. Phil and I in Portugal, our youngest daughter connecting [...]
Labor Day weekend is always a time of goodbyes--to beach swimming, enthusiasm for tending the garden, and white pants. I said goodbye to my son last Saturday as he set off on a four month trip to Asia. My husband's dear Uncle Roy went off to heaven at age 96. And our grandson said [...]
Matriarch. Me? The female head of a family. An old woman, possibly obsolete, yet worthy of respect and reverence. One with impressive dignity and notable character. The reality of being the oldest generation of our family at a time of endings and beginnings doesn't quite seem possible. You lose your mother, the former female head [...]
What it really means for me is that I need to focus on my own life now, when I have used mothering as an excuse, a focus that I couldn't take my eyes off entirely. Now I can. If I am ever going to get to it, it is now. I am sitting on a [...]
For men life begins when the last child leaves home and the dog dies. Well, that is what has happened. It's just us now. Phil and I hold each other in the small exam room in the Vet's office. Phoebe, our 14 year old Lab is with Dr Sven in back. He is starting an [...]