had a great breakfast with family
who returned a file of family history papers
that had traveled on a journey with them
across the seas
i was happy to see them again
had the papers in my hand for all of 1 minute
as i set them down next to me
they fell into a hidden crack
just kept going deeper into the abyss
until they were gone
a very kind manager
with a good sense of humor
offered to assist
by moving chairs
pulling the whole table out
taking the booth apart
and retrieving the precious files
intact and none the worse for wear
the family journey continues
with just a short detour.
“cracks especially. you have to be careful of the cracks.
sometimes they are disguised as something else.
a doorway, or a smile or even a winking eye.
and if you fall through them, you never know were you will end up.”
-isabelle carmody – greylands
grandies v and r
came over to decorate
and when we took the cookie people out
they were broken into pieces
but no problem
they formed a baking triage unit
and they were
put back together
each in their own style
and covered with
sugar, colors, and love.
“arrange whatever pieces come your way.”
family watches with pride and awe
as mom/wife/my youngest daughter
crosses the stage to get her master’s degree
she worked so hard for this
caring for them
teaching full time
learning at night
showing them what is possible.
“do something wonderful, people may imitate it. “
proud of you baby girl, go blue!
a scene from the road rally in the sideways rain
leap frog in the park
last night i told a joke to a woman at a comedy club, led a group of strangers in follow-the- leader in t.j. maxx, bought 60 cents of gas, got into a theater box office, danced the sugar plum fairy ballet and push it, had the zingerman’s staff sing happy birthday to me, tried to jam our team into one shopping cart, read a children’s book aloud to an adult in the library, found five different kinds of balls, secretly wrote crossword answers in the new york times and put it back, wore protective hockey gear, held a lobster, paid for a stranger’s purchase, ate as a group at taco bell, wore university of michigan gear that wasn’t mine, added my gum to a public wall art display, read incredible notes, shared food and drinks and blew out candles and it was a night to always be remembered.
sock monkeys vs. glitters vs. kwames
what a wonderful decade birthday celebration
thanks to all of you for every bit of it
it meant everything.
“life goes by fast. enjoy it. calm down. it’s all funny.”
– joan rivers
we pulled up at the same time
right next to each other
i got out
his family got out
he stayed in
we looked at each other
i said hello to him
his mom said
he insists on
on every journey
to get out of the car
until they all get home
he just loves to ride.
“i’m going along for the ride. the whole ride.
all the way to the end of the line. wherever that is.”
– al pacino in “carlito’s way – 1993
what a lovely coincidence
that on this day
as i continue on my city parks journey
and drive through a neighborhood
i am lost
i come to the intersection of
pamela and patricia
the names of
my two sisters
one still with us
one gone forever
and today –
i look ahead to find
they’ve led me
to the beautiful park right in front of me.
“don’t forget to leave your handprints on the ones you love
and your footprints around the neighborhood.”
― lisa c. miller
grandies r and v
“the best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”