A sweet sojourn from the busyness of life.

This blog is a journal of forays into my loves of creative writing,
humor, and photography. It is a departure from daily stresses.
Some of life's greatest journeys are detours.

The real act of discovery is not in travelling to distant lands
but rather in seeing with new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

12 Days of Mothers Day

Hope all the mom’s had a wonderful Mother’s Day, full of love and good wishes!
But now two days later as I am looking at the laundry and preparing to go out and mow the lawn I am asking myself…why does it have to end here?

I am promoting an idea whose time has come. I am sure it will catch on with most moms
and our wonderful children will surely support this because they realize that they are forever in our debt for being the wonderful human beings that they are.

It is the 12 days of Mothers Day. Actually I am working up to 365 which is what it should be but a girls gotta start somewhere!

Think of the possibilities. I have been humming this tune since the official Mothers Day ended. Just fill in your own list but here are a few of my thought starters.

One the first day of Mothers Day my family gave to me
A massage and a margarita times 3.
Two dinners out
Three French men
Four gift cards
Five Diamond rings
Six cleaners cleaning
Seven maids-a-dusting
Eight shoppers shopping
Nine cooks-a-cooking
Ten Flowers growing
Eleven mowers mowing
Twelve Days in Bali

You get the idea plug in your own list…get ready for next year.. it’s not too late for this year.

Anyway Happy 12 Days of Mothers Day

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Lifelong Gift

Who would have thought that this spiral notebook would become a lifelong gift. This notebook is from 1969, it is a my first journal. It was an assignment from an English teacher and she did something wonderful that was actually life changing for me. After I turned in my first attempt at a journal, she returned it to me telling me to do it over. She said it was a diary and she wanted it to be a journal. She said “write so I can know you” She said a journal is more about who you are than what you do. Hmm I have thanked that teacher many times since then. I have kept a journal ever since and it is a real gift to have introspective glimpses at different times of my life. It is like an inner “growth chart”.
Since I have been home from my time in South Korea I have taken time to continue this enriching process. It is very lifegiving. Writing your story leaves you with a valuable memoir and it doesn’t matter if it is literature in anyone else’s eyes. It is always at the top of your own “best seller” list.
So even if you have never been a writer in the past, I would encourage you to pick up a pen and just have fun with it. Take time for you.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson