Tag Archives: family

falling through the cracks.

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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

for safekeeping

they fell into a hidden crack

 just kept going deeper into the abyss

until they were gone

a very kind manager

without judgement

without questions

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

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pieces.

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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.”

-vvirginia woolf 

wonderful.

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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

all while

caring for them

teaching full time

learning at night

and

showing them what is possible.

“do something wonderful, people may imitate it. “

-albert schweitzer

 

 

proud of you baby girl, go blue!

it’s all funny.

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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.

teams:

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

ride along.

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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

riding along

on every journey

and refuses

to get out of the car

until they all get home

once again

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

don’t forget.

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what a lovely coincidence

that on this day

as i continue on my city parks journey

and drive through a neighborhood

i am lost

until

i come to the intersection of

pamela and patricia

the names of

my two sisters

one still with us

 one gone forever

and today –

her birthday

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