Monthly Archives: August 2012

anticipation leads to jubilation




 what they see…


  each week when the doorbell rings, magnus (4) and felix (2), my little aussie grandies , jump up, squeal, and run as fast as they can to get to the door.  waiting on the other side, is the guy from the local store delivering their groceries.  

   the jumping continues as their mom takes the bags and puts them on the floor, letting the boys ‘help out’ by emptying them and putting things away in the kitchen. 

 with an unrestrained joy and open mind found in children, the boys have taken an unexpected approach to this task and turned it into an exciting adventure, where they react as if they’ve received incredible surprise gifts.  

   each week they ooh and ahh as they peek into the bags and unload all of the wonderful treasures before them. every new item they reach in and pull out – a pepper, a carton of milk, even a bag of flour, warrants a squeal of glee. imagine their reaction when they came across a bag of ‘lollies’ (candy) – the celebration was endless.  


what’s really in there…

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

pastedGraphic.pdf Ashley Montagu quotes


why i am still single #1 –



the following very real note was sent to me by a man promoting himself as a wonderful potential love match. wow – so many interesting elements contained within –

‘I like catching frogs and turtles and wild boar..My goal in life right now is to catch a fox. Im unique because Im a lesbian trapped in a mans body.I love music..Blues and rockn roll..Without it..I would rather be deaf n dumb..Like Helen Keller.. O.K. Heres the real scoop. I just moved to ____ from the city life. I feel like Im living an old episode of Andy of Mayberry. The only thing missing is Aunt I have no friends out here.Im a good guy.. I know how to treat a woman. Im funny..Im caring..and Im loyal..Im a true romantic. ..Im looking for a true friend. Thats it.. No thrills no frills..I can cook french cusine.. italian..and middle eastern dishes, oh yea..and road kill..{but only upon request}. Im the best pool player this side of the Mississippi.. I give the best back massages you ever experienced not to mention my claim to fame ..the ultimate foot massage..Usually before Im done with the first beg for the hanky panky!! Anyway..thats just the beggining. I ride fast..but never ride faster than my Guardian Angel can fly!! Just wanna say..Seriously..All us lonely people..Where do we all belong.. And always remember, You cant always get what you want…But if you try sometimes.. you just might find…You”ll get what you need!! Yeh Baby!! Mick said that.’

all that glitters….



       being 19 and heading to her first doctor visit as a woman, she was extremely nervous and not sure what to expect.  knowing she was one of the last in her group of friends who was ‘still inexperienced’ as of yet, she was even more worried.  in response to this, she overcompensated while prepping for the visit by bathing and powdering until everything was ‘shiny and new’. at the last second, she thought of one more thing, and meant to spray herself with a product that promised to leave you feeling ‘fresh as a spring day.’  only problem was, she accidentally grabbed the wrong can and noticed too late that she’d used her ‘glitter hair spray’ instead. instantly realizing her mistake, she washed off the sparkles, and running late for her appointment, headed out the door. 

       after a short wait for the doctor, it was time for her appointment at last.  she was relieved to find that the whole thing not the nightmare she’d imagined, and found the doctor to actually be quite understanding and patient. imagine her horror when the doctor smiled and turned to her asking, ‘by the way, i noticed a bit of glitter here and there and wondered if you may have any more questions for me? are you sure there’s nothing more you’d like to share with me or that you don’t perhaps have just a bit more experience than you first mentioned?‘






  after surviving our last river activity/ canoeing debacle, by dragging and clawing our way down a long dry riverbed through the heat in the middle of nowhere, we decided to switch things up a bit for our next water adventure. on this fine, cool morning we would go for a much more relaxing and fun river experience – tubing. 


we drove to another northern river and only one of us chose the optional life vest. after knowing how slowly the last river ‘moved’, we didn’t think there was a need for anything other than bug spray to protect us, and went so far as to actually make fun of my son-in-law who chose to wear the vest. 


as everyone climbed into their tubes, i remembered how slow our canoe trip had been, so i chose to take my time. i tossed my sandals in and planned to leisurely hop aboard.  as i turned to throw in the rest of my stuff, things quickly went bad –


in contrast to the canoe trip experience, this river actually moved! i saw everyone already floating down the river, along with my empty tube! i yelled to the group to grab mine and started running barefoot through the trail in the woods that ran parallel to the river.  thinking they could easily stop it and pull it to the side, i kept running trying to catch up. 


within moments, things got worse. my feet were cut up and bloody from the barefoot woods sprint, one of the group was in the middle of the freezing river, out of her tube and shrieking and crying as though she was being pulled under by a shark or had lost a limb, another was quickly carried off down the river in her tube, and my poor, long-suffering son in law, was trying to bring his tube to the bank of the river to pick me up, as my tube and sandals were long gone down the river. 


somehow he and i managed to meet up further down the river and i jumped in, with us now sharing the small tube.  we quickly went over to rescue my daughter from her disaster in the middle of the river and found she was hysterical from the sudden cold and a small scratch. there were no sharks anywhere around and she had all limbs still fully attached. 


finding that everyone was alright, knowing that we’d eventually catch up to the rest, and seeing the whole scenario from this vantage point, led me to begin laughing uncontrollably, which in turn ‘may have caused me to wet our shared tube even more than it already was,’ causing my son-in law to start shrieking in horror at the thought and to jump out back into the freezing river rather than share a tube with me under these circumstances. (good thing he ignored our snide remarks and chose the vest)


my ‘shark victim’ daughter picked him up, led him to my original tube, now caught somewhere on the side, and soon we were all on our way again. most everyone was now pretty crabby, except for me, who could not stop laughing, only making things worse. 


it was a fast and wild ride down that cold,cold river and quite a memorable family experience once again. 


back at our cottage, after a couple of cocktails and some time had gone by, we ended this special day, with a performance of our ‘family follies,’ with each of us taking the role of another, as we re-enacted this latest activity. at last, everyone was laughing and what a wonderful day was had by all! i cannot wait for our next adventure –



     after …

a return to joy



in memoriam to my mother, amelia ‘mel’ eleanor silvestri kennedy, who entered and left this world on the same date – august 1, after spending 84 years on this earth. i was happy to have seen a return of joy and spirit in you as you traveled through the last season of your life. as i watched you grow older, i began to better understand you and to know that you always did the best that you could. there is nothing more that can be asked of a person and i know that was your lesson for me.i love you always, beth