I hope your Father’s Day (and night) 2015 has been a peaceful and joyful one. Mine was/is. Spent time with both daughters and all four grandies. What a blessing to have them all in my Savannah. My cards:
And an incredible Facebook post by older daughter Amy:
“Happy Father’s Day to my very hip and high impact dad! I am blessed to have a dad who taught me to love without discrimination, to have joy in all circumstances, and who creates an environment of safety and acceptance where I am free to develop into my best and truest self.”
What a Difficult and Unparalleled Joy Fatherhood is!
MAY — an incredibly joyful month, don’t you think?
Five Reasons for Happy:
1. An early morning walk along the McQueens-Tybee Island trail (between Savannah and Tybee Island–10 mins from my apartment).
2. Grandson Daniel in his end-of-year Who Am I? Research Biography presentation. (He was Paul McCartney, btw.)
(Okay. okay, maybe I helped him a little with the tri-board.)
(He could only get such coolness from his grandfather. Seriously.)
The kids had to explain their research, poster-board-presentation-style, to the folks in attendance.
They do that kinda stuff nowadays in 2nd Grade?! Research?! All I did in 2nd grade was spend a year of trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to stop crying for mama.
3. Being a judge for the 2015 Savannah Authors Anthology. Such fun!
(I want to be a judge … full time. And get paid. Exorbitantly. Call me if you or yours need high-end judging.)
4. Getting 2015 Beach Ready.
5. Seafood at Safe Harbor in Mayport, FL. (After taking the ferry across the St. John’s River on the south end of Amelia Island.)
Safe, Joyful Weekend ahead to you all!
I have FOUR grandchildren. (Yes, you’re right, I’m FAR too young. We all know that. It’s a given. But sometimes Mother Nature has a way of bypassing her laws of when people should have grandchildren–and presents them in, well, early, early middle age.)
Anyway, the second-from-the-oldest-grandchild is Gabriel, 5, a rambunctious bundle of pure little boy-ness. He’s often affectionately referred to simply as “G.” In his most recent pre-K school report, the patient-as-a-saint and give-her-a-raise teacher wrote that Gabriel is “smart, funny, with many friends … and has a touch of naughtiness.”
Here’s G (on the far right) with a few school buddies,
And here he is the other night with older brother Daniel (8).
Today I received this text from my daughter/G mom Amy:
The brutal honesty of children.
It’s the LAST Friday in March. Really! Here are a few reasons I’m hunkering down with Happiness. What about you? Tell me!
1. Enjoying a short visit with my parents up in Ball Ground (North Georgia) this week. Dad’s 91, mom’s 87. This September they will have been married 71 years!
2. Going down to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center to see a theatrical production of I Love Lucy.
3. Speaking of plays, watching grandson Gabriel in The Three Piggy Opera at Savannah Country Day School this morning.
4. Relishing the eerie beauty of Amelia Island fog last weekend.
5. Embracing the necessity and obligation of throwing away/letting go from time to time.
He picked up a pebble and threw it into the sea.
And another, and another. He couldn’t stop.
He wasn’t trying to fill the sea. He wasn’t trying to empty the beach.
He was just throwing away, nothing else but.
Like a kitten playing he was practicing for the future
When there’ll be so many things he’ll want to throw away
If only his fingers will unclench and let them go.
— from The Poems of Norman MacCaig (Birlinn, 2009)
But don’t throw away your joy this weekend!
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
— I Corinthians 13:13
I love these lazy, hazy crazy days of summer! Here’s Nat King Cole singing about them. Listen as you read the Happy Bringers:
1. Friendly dogs coming up to me as I sit and read in Washington Square — “my square” here in Savannah’s historic district.
2. Going to the Meet Your Classmates and Teachers Social at Grandson Gabriel’s Pre-K class at Savannah Country Day.
(My grandies call me Abu. Read why here.)
3. Making up a cool recipe the other night — Sautéed Collards with Red Beets and Onions.
4. The (frequent) sight and sound and smell of late afternoon heavy rain in Savannah.
(Outside my living room window.)
5. The sheer joy of being enthusiastic.
Here a wonderful article about that very subject:
Have a gloriously enthusiastic weekend ahead!
My mother-in-law, Vivian Rebecca Boggs, 87, passed away last week.
A Godly woman, dedicated to her family.
Joyful Remembrances of a Life Well Lived.