I know I won't see you this year, so I will send the good wish to you here and now.
Best wishes and thank you for the gift of yourselves to my life for so many years of uninterrupted love and laughter, on easy days and not-so easy ones. They can't take that away from me! I learned that one very well - that there is triumph in every scenario that ever had good days to it , even if it ends, and even if it ends with difficulty ! As people realize that they must put it away and get on with things, right where they are today, there is, often by surprise, the "Great day in the morning!" The good of the good days returns once the pain of separation is done and it is gold! This was true of your Father's early passing and true of your empty-nesting. I delight in it all ! Like found money, but better!
This topic, "Children" needs a separate blog. Nothing is more important than survival and our children are its basic element. I will make pages with stories, linked from this one.
It seems just a moment ago that I saw my husband-to-be and both our children in my "mind's-eye", and full or love and gratitude and commitment to them when they were the dream come true in my life. And yet, they are born, raised , empty-nested, and now married and preparing for children of their own and I am glad I started young - it saved me when thing got "interesting". They live distant from me, and I miss them very much, but am able to be busy and happy in my own pathway.
At this Mothers Day, this one is a love-note for my own children and all those in children's groups I was blessed to help in cultural enrichment, arts and crafts, swim club, junior olympics, BSA and GSA scouts, and endless response in good moments and challenging ones - now with their own children and some grey hair. Not possible!
Smile, children: I am still running around and coloring my hair down, senior fitness keeps me sparkly and wrinkle-fixers disappear them and lift the sags.
I am still "yours in a heartbeat" to talk all night long if you like, but nice to see you do not need much, and when there is the moment, you seem to figure it out just fine!
I am still so proud of you!
Stay young. Growth to adulthood and decline to our passing are naturally GRACEFUL - with the human complications to keep it lively all along the timeline.
You have no right to say 'old' - that is the business of your life drive and whatever you call the source of all life.
I still say, "Life is easy- pay attention" We don't, you know, and then we claim "complications".
Encourage your aging parents to stay young. In a minute that will be YOU needing to hear that one. And it can make a real difference. Again , you have no right to age yourself - it's a sin. No one has the right to undermine the life of another or of themselves.
I see that my aging is arriving almost 20 years later than it did for my parents - thanks to my parents, in many of its specifics - health, fitness, money, creativity, spirituality, and personal powers. My thoughts are satisfying - I have not ruled the world, so far, but put my hand to all I could do and I have done some things really well, so far, and have the drive to do more. Choose the good things for health and energy and ...yes...laughter and love are still the best!
See the miracles at later life - some things are forbidden by youth in its passions, and obligations and immaturities , but they get golden later in life. Since we are able to enjoy much better health, for many more years, we can do more. Factoid: Each year more are living to be one hundred years old, and that fact makes us realize that retiring from things too soon is unwise and even silly. Picture you in a rocker in a corner at 40-something, and STAYING like that for sixty more years. Silly.
At "upper midlife" you and I may be doing the best life ever, making the most money, and enjoying new things beyond our earlier dreams.
Whether that be for a day or for many years to come: never think "old".
For all things, there is a time to pass, and when it is my time, I pray that I can co-operate to make a fine day of it, for all involved. I want To leave with a blessing, not a curse, with loved ones near for a moment and then on again - love empowers.
"Love is a Freedom Song"
The Mommy Stories will be here as links to entertain you and some password protected , to protect the privacy, and keep it "entre nous" - you know who you are - find me for the password......elle