Good Monday morning! The washer and dryer spin, the bread dough rises, the dog snores, and I'm going to quickly blog before I continue on the journey of mundane Monday.
See these ladies? They are my friends. And we had a birthday to celebrate and all joined together to do so. Have I ever told you how fortunate I am to live where I do and be surrounded by wise, interesting, and entertaining friends? Well if I haven't told you I am telling you now.
See these two people? They are the first faces I recognized. They encouraged, chastened, nurtured, and loved me and my siblings. I used to taunt my dear mother. "Who do you love best?" I was secretly hoping she'd one day break and say, 'YOU! It's you I love best!!!' But she never did. Do you know what her answer always was? It's your dad. I love him best of the people here on earth. Then it is all of you. It was a perfect order. And it was more perfect because she/they loved something deeper and eternal even more than each other. Fifty-six years and counting. And by the way. I love the utter seriousness in my mother's face as she walked down the "aisle' of her parent's home. And I also love that they still like to be arm in arm.
I just read about why people blog. It said that people blog so they can be themselves. True. People blog so they can share anything interesting they've seen. True. They type their thoughts on a blog so they can remember the fleeting moments of childhood. Not so true anymore since we have MYP that don't want to be "out there" on the web and I respect that. Another reason given was to receive comments from others. Partially true - although comments are very rare these days and that's ok. And finally, people blog so that it could possibly help others on their journey. I think I fail at that. Instead of encouraging and strengthening, I've been a bit more on the slap-stick side of silliness with things I see that make me smile. Maybe I'll get better at that.
One of the best side-effects of blogging for me is to meet people that I've come to know because of blogging. I've been able to read their personal struggles and joys from the sidelines. The lady on the left and her husband are one. And we were privileged to have their company with us yesterday. It's interesting because even though I hardly know them and have never been in their home, I felt like I 'knew' her. That's a special thing. The ladies on the right... well, they just bring such joy.
This is a bit of a struggle for me. You would think at nearly 51 I would be content in who I am and cherish and differences between people, I hope to learn that before my next birthday.
Until next time!