Smile! Sunday was my Dad’s birthday. In his memory I’m sharing a favorite photo of him. His face is weathered from years of farm work, but his eyes have a definite twinkle. You might even call them mischevious. He had a wonderful sense of humor and his whole face just lit up when he thought something was funny.
Happy Birthday, Daddy. Thank you for the smiles and laughter.
As I was driving home tonight, the sky was a delicious shade of pink with whisps of white fog billowing as if it were an ice cream sundae with streams of cherry juice running through a huge scoop of vanilla. I absolutely adore living where I do even if we do experience foggy days. I certainly prefer it to the heat other parts of the Bay Area endures. The soft blanket of fog nurtures Creativity in women, men, children, and all varieties of plant life. My garden not only grows, it thrives here on the Coastside. Nature is responsible for the lush green vegetation’s bountiful beauty. I take no credit for it because despite the fact I am a farmer’s daughter, I only posesses an appreciation of gardening – I do not have an affinity for it. It is embarassing to admit, but many a plant has died before it’s time because it was left in my care. I recognize my role is to admire the abundant display of Nature and praise her repeated accomplishments. Also, to lavish words of encouragement and gratitude. My hope is that you too have a quiet garden spot to visit and spend some quality time with yourself while reveling in the bounty of Nature. If not, I urge you to seek one out – you should see what you’re missing!
Nebraska, the boat came to the farm to be part of our summer entertainment. Since I didn’t have the responsibilities of the maintenance of a boat motor, nor the upkeep of painting and varnishing a wooden boat, I have very fond memories of great times on the water in that boat. I also have fond memories of splashing around in the water with my older cousins. Marilyn was the only daughter of Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Veronica. She had a wonderful laugh, a generous nature and very sweet to her little cousin. I can almost feel the sun on my back and the water lapping against the black inner tube when I look at this picture. –
Do you have a summer memory like this one? If not, why don’t you make one for yourself? Take yourself to the beach or some shore. Wade in the water and wiggle your toes in the sand. Connect with Nature. It’s a simple thing which yields immeasurable benefits.