what a lovely afternoon spent
with a family whose three daughters
each of us have taught and loved in our turn over the years
as they gave thanks to all of their teachers
by cooking and serving us an amazing brunch
at a beautiful table
complete with many homemade delights
main courses, sweets, desserts, coffee, and fruit prosecos
dad and daughters prepare our meal
while mom finalizes the drinks and details in the dining room
such an amazing and generous gesture
as their last daughter leaves the familiar comfort
of our elementary school
and moves on to her next chapter
in the middle school division
along with her lovely family
who we will miss
and who have taught their daughters
the wisdom of gratitude and kindness.
“what wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”
*news about the cycle of life
saparmurat niyazov, president of turkmenistan, made a decree that divides life into 12-year cycles.
the decree says that childhood lasts until age 12, adolescence to 25, and youthfulness until 37.
the next 12-year cycles are divided into periods labeled – mature, prophetic, inspirational and wise.
old age begins at age 85.
hit 97 and enter a period named for oguzkhan, considered the founder of the turkmen nation, who died at 109.
* this cycle only applies to people in turkmenistan.
(apparently the rest of us are on our own to spin through life’s cycles as best we can.)
“mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.”
credits: cbslocal.com, edogawa natural zoo – tokyo