LESSON #52 – MEMORIAL DAY AWAKENS

Image result for American flag over a lakeBelieve me when I say I was never into bird watching and critter watching during most of my life.

I suppose it’s the order of things now that my priorities have changed.  I have to say life has NOT slowed down in the least as you might expect for a retiree!  But I do find that I enjoy the peacefulness of watching and hearing the world come alive in the early morning hours.   This is especially true at the lake.

Everyone is asleep and with my first and second cup of java I watch and listen. Looking over the lake I feel gratitude and peacefulness which I sometimes find hard to grasp.

The sun is not yet peaking through the trees.  Birds chirp softly at first but get louder as more chime in.  Soon they will appear at the bird feeder grabbing what they can.  Baby rabbits emerge from the bushes and jump from here to there. Dogs awake and bark for their walk while fish jump and ripples are seen over the lake. A fisherman arrives at the dock to get a jump on all others doing the same. Quietly he slips his boat onto the lake. Squirrels twitter about as if they just can’t decide what to do or what direction to run.

A car drives by breaking the calm. But as the car meanders down the road, the peace returns.

A boat zips by on the lake going quite fast. I hear voices across the lake where campers emerge from their tents and start an early morning fire.

Another car goes by and my family awakens searching for coffee cups.

The morning begins and the peacefulness subsides as it should.  Decisions must be made as to what to do today and breakfast is obligatory and highly anticipated.

Life is good on this Memorial Day! Flags flying as a tribute to those men and women who have given their lives for this Country.

A day to spend with family and a day to remember.

Hope your Memorial Day was happy everyone!

Leigh

LESSON #51 – “GEORGIA RAIN”

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Always have loved sleeping and waking up to the sound of rain.

Even as a child I remember the sweetness of a soft rain watering the grass and the flowers in the garden.  In summer months the rain cools off the world if only for a short time.

I suppose most children of yesterday and tomorrow don’t particularly like a rainy day.  Outside activity slows down to a halt.  My fond memories pop up though about galoshes, marching in puddles spraying the water everywhere, opening of mouths to catch rain drops while my face is refreshingly cleansed, running back inside when the rain drops become stinging with an energy that is unnerving.  All the time laughing.

But the summer is upon us in Georgia.  The thermometer shows these humid hot days as itching higher and closer to the 100 degree mark.  It’s only May but that’s life in Georgia.

Gone are the nights that the air allows us to sit outside and cool off from the oven of the day.

And so I welcome rain as if it is a saving grace.  A storm rolling in…even better.  Rain, wind and the windows being cleaned for at least a day.

Today, this particular Sunday, the rain is falling softly and sometimes in torrents.  The sun really wants ‘in’ but the storm clouds are fighting against it.  Rain is winning for at least a few more hours.  Alone with memories and private thoughts.

It’s great to be retired and have no guilt on this or any other rainy day!  Still in my pajamas, drinking coffee and watching a bit of television seems to be on the agenda.  Perhaps I will try, once again, to ‘get into’ that book sitting on the bedside table.

Thank you rain!  You gotta love it.

Leigh

“GEORGIA RAIN” written by Ed Hill and Karyn Rochelle.  Trisha Yearwood.

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LESSON #50 – SPECIAL MOM DAY

 

 

th.jpegMy brother-in-law just called (actually my brother…no in law about it) to wish me a happy Mother’s Day.  We joked around as we normally do.  My husband was busy cooking me breakfast. Yummy smells coming from the kitchen.

Today is for all Mothers in all forms, all colors, all everything.  A day to remember Mothers who have passed and are no longer here to hug and give us guidance.  Missed beyond words.  Mothers in name only, Mothers who are yet to be and Mothers in the thick of it.  Young and Old.

So, as we thank our Mothers one and all.  We don’t have to think long about all ‘we’ have done to deserve this special day.  Humbly I say.

As my brother reminded me…in my case, pushed a lot and without meds, and in return I have a nice homemade yummy breakfast once a year!  Pushing…..pushing,  b r e a t h i n g in and out, more pushing until insides come out along with a beautiful baby!  TMI?? Yes, perhaps.

Hmmmmmm……gut wrenching pushing = a breakfast.  Interesting to think about.  Thanks Bro for putting this in my mind.  Can’t shake it.  Unsure if the scales are balanced.

So, it all comes down to this special day all our own once a year.  A lifetime of love, pain, love, guidance, hospital runs, love, worry, tears, heartbreak, love and the best breakfast one can only dream of!

Bon Appetit!

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!  Enjoy!!  I, personally, wouldn’t trade any of it… for anything.  Except, perhaps, for the best dinner in the world!

Love and Miss You Mom,

Leigh

 

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LESSON #49 – MEN!

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I betcha, if you are a woman, you have heard this all before!  At least you, perhaps, have thought the same.

I’m sorry, I just DO NOT understand men!  I know there is that Venus and Mars thing but I find myself more and more baffled the older that I get.

Men!  They just have to be doing SOMETHING to talk to each other.  Whether it be having a cigar, watching a football game together or a basketball game or…whatever…to have a conversation or the slight resemblance of a conversation.  Never a REAL conversation.

Talk on the phone?  Seldom.  Possible, yes, but the ‘talk’ is all very surface.  Nothing at all deep or important and never details.  Never!  No questions.

Women get to the ‘meat’ quickly and ask all the right questions so that when we talk…we actually TALK!  We know the details of which we are talking.  Yes sir and THANK YOU very much.

This is why it is incredibly frustrating for ME and women like me to have a conversation with a man about their conversations with other men.  No details!

I may learn, for example, from my husband that his brother is flying away to the Caribbean.

“Where exactly?” I may ask.

“Somewhere in the Caribbean,” he may answer.

“When is he leaving?” I will ask.

“I really don’t know.”‘

I may ask (getting frustrated now…) “You didn’t ask????”

“No I didn’t”….

“Well, do you know where he is staying at God knows what island?  Will he be gone a week or a month or is he MOVING there?  Is he going there to DIE and is he planning never to return?  Do you have any INFORMATION more than what you have told me?  Do you and your brother actually TALK or do you just GRUNT???????”

“We talk and I don’t know.”

A week or so later my husband may inform me, “My brother is back.”

“From the Caribbean?” I ask.  “Did he have a nice time?”

“I don’t know.”

Our conversation ends abruptly with my thinking…”Good Lord!  What’s the use??!!”

And so it goes.  MEN!!  How do they survive?

Leigh

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LESSON #48 – CALMNESS

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There is a certain calmness surrounding Easter Sunday.  Can you feel it?

The days, leading up to Easter and the days following, go by so quickly trotting towards the heat, humidity and long days of summer.  They run faster and faster until, at last, summer is here!  Pools, lakes, boating, swimming, picnics, fishing, the end of the school year.  It is all just over the hill!

I am unsure why the rush but, as usual, I share the anxiety and the questions people raise this time of year.  Guessing about the weather this summer and if it will be as hot as last.  In Georgia the heat can be unbearable.  Last year we had a run of 110 degree days coupled with humidity you could cut with a knife.  So many days I just couldn’t bear the thought of doing anything.  Energy was drained…no where to be found.

Today, the day before Easter,  is a calm that I feel.  A calming of my soul.  All will be well even if it is, once again, 110 degrees this summer!  Even if we run happily towards the summer months hoping we all may take a breath and get into a routine that is fun, relaxing, refreshing and much needed.  A renewal to be sure.

But for today and tomorrow, let us all just enjoy the pre-Summer calm that Easter brings.  Let me reflect on Easter Sunday and the meaning of this day for me.  No matter who or what we believe in, let us say, just for now…

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll; 

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.”     

                                                                    Horatio G. Spafford

Happy Easter!

Leigh

 

 

 

 

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