my dad and whole family in the 70’s
in the midst
of an extended tour
through our hippie phase of life.
happy father’s day, dad
“you can tell what was the best year of your father’s life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.”
happy mother’s day
to my daughters
who have shared in
my seemingly endless graduations
and all of
our many, many other adventures and misadventures,
i am grateful to you and love you for this
you’ve made me happy
watching you all grow
from amazing daughters into amazing mothers
you are my idols.
“i don’t have to be perfect.
all is have to do is show up and enjoy
the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.”
i expect this to be our look on day 3.
we began a virtual family happy hour
on day 1
we all looked pretty good
some having worked online that day
some in self-quarantine
kids and spouses and pets in and out
on day 2
one of us was in a sports bra
one of us was wearing the same shirt from day 1
there was a spill
looking forward to day 3.
“why limit happy to an hour?”
image credit: the telegraph
“but which is the stone that supports the bridge?”
ramsey canyon preserve, sierra vista, az – walking in beauty with my sister
a time for
of children and family.
“behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.”
image credit: animalchannel.com
back in the day
when my girls were little
if there was a power outage
I would tell them
we were just like the family
in ‘the little house on the prairie’
we could pretend we were them
have lots of fun
it was okay for a while
until it got old
the novelty wore off
when there was
no pa playin’ the fiddle
no butter to churn
no humming and singing
no stitchin’ to be done
no cows to milk
then we just had to wait it out
and it was not fun.
“where a light can’t live, i know i can’t.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie
image credit: nbc tv
“i believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.
to not be like your parents.
to not be like your friends.
to be yourself.
to cut yourself out of stone.’
credits: Chad Knight digital sculpture, right brained, wild child
“I made this thank you note. I’m going to give it to my family.”
“what are you thanking them for?”
“I’m going to thank them for being my family.”
“if the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
*Eckhart von Hochheim (c. 1260 – c. 1328), commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher, and mystic.
and here we go, marching straight into the corn.
“the future is an ever-shifting maze of possibilities until it becomes the present.”
at nixon farms, dexter, mi, usa – october 2019
after a fun afternoon
and wonderful evening
spent visiting and playing
grandies are tired and tucked in
when suddenly the tears come
missing mom and dad
a story, Kleenex, hugs, a visit from the cat, and a goodnight call to mom
everyone settles in for the night
does it get any better than that?
“very little is needed to make a happy life.”