Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Reunions are fun. A time to get together and chat with old friends and acquaintances. Promising to make it an annual event. Like my lunch on Saturday, meeting up with High School friends and catching up with our lives. Reconnecting with different parts of our lives allows the past to give meaning to the present. Rather fun. It doesn't matter that we are all older because we are older at the same time. I liked it. Sometimes being with too many young people spins my head. All the concern about wrinkles and how young they want to look-"do I do collagen or get a face lift or big lips"-well you get the picture. My High School group feel just comfortable in their own skin, thank you very much! So we look a little older-well we are older! Then there will be Easter with some family members sharing food with us at the table that have not been with us for the longest time-reunion! I like meeting all the people I can in my life-warts and all. Accepted with my flaws and accepting others with their flaws! Are you planning a reunion soon? If so, just sit back and make it simple. Be thankful there are people in your life that want to be with you and you with them! Like life's circle! Nice to go to the other side of it sometimes!
The Ice Storm of 2014 brought initial damage and hydro outages. Everyone rallied and supported each other. With Spring arriving the whole impact of that event continues to surface. While cleaning up my yard and area of the smaller branches, some thoughts came to mind. Life can bring a major crisis that is seen and felt. It is the small pieces of the aftermath that may need attention and "cleanup". For example, when a loved one dies, the beginning is coping with the grief, the funeral, the other family members and sometimes going through the motions. The following months and sometimes years, "the cleanup" of the little things continue to keep the event present. Often life is just permanently changed and not always for the better. As can be seen with the number of trees cut down or decimated with a trunk with a couple of branches still standing. Moving on from major events takes perseverance, work and patience. Continuing to talk about the event with trusted friends can help. Currently, people are discussing their Spring cleanup of branches, do they cut down a tree and often just how many trees they lost. Families often talk about how many people or the"trees" in their lives that are missing too. We all face some major events-whether natural disasters, deaths, job losses, divorce and even the empty nest syndrome. Do we feel like there are "broken " branches? What do we do with them? How do we move on? Can we live with the sense that life will never be the same? Then like nature and trees, there can new growth, different from the old but new. A chance to rebuild, see beauty and take on the new. What can be amazing is even decimated trees try to survive! Little shoots grow from chopped spots turning into new branches! Reflecting back on major events in my life from the time I was 4 to the present, there is a realization of many broken branches but also new growth and the wonderful premise that life does give us many new chances when we are able to grasp them. Ah patience-yes I have it! My forest of life may have some interesting trees but it is still standing which is most important, isn't it?
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Safety with children is necessary with each season. As the snow melts over the country, the bikes and skate boards are visible everywhere. Playing outside and near streets becomes a norm. Parents need to review the safety rules. Looking both ways before crossing the street. Riding your bike wearing a helmet and watching for other riders. A biker hitting a pedestrian can do danger. Trying not to be distracted. Wearing ear plugs drowns out any street noise but it also does not let all the sounds you may need to hear to be safe. Walking and playing with your cell phone does not allow attention to any dangers. Looking! Seeing! Hearing! And smelling! Teach your children to be alert by knowing their senses. Being outside is healthy for everyone. Dog owners remember to poop and scoop! With the melted snow, the evidence is clear not everyone is a decent pet owner. No one wants to step in any! Have your own family safety rules. Oh yes-adults teach the best when we set an example! Be a role model for your little ones and teens. So no distracted driving either! If your area has some flood warnings, have a safety plan for yourself and your children. Prepare a bag or two in case of evacuation! Safety thinking and preparation is a way of living! Enjoy and try to prevent those unfortunate accidents.