Treasured words from 2 y.o. Lena — I love you, you’re like Oma; question from 3 y.o. Felicity — Are you Mary Poppins; advice from 75 y.o. widow at the pool — I’ll soon be out and your fearless leader can join you, enjoy him while you can; Facebook post from 32 y.o. Jean — Goin to Hawaii and we’re gonna get ma-ar-ied; from 12 y.o. Judah — I love my life and my family; farewell from 68 y.o. friend Mary VanderHart — See you Marj; Barbara Simon’s Rite of Passage Library Story I portrayed in Transition Theater’s Greenbelt Voices; and the Mullstream question— How Can I Keep from Writing.
Stayed sane writing then revising Psalm poems. Savored serene moments in each season: solitude one Ashland Autumn Morning, Jean, Michael and Judah gone overnight; solace one Greenbelt Winter Afternoon opening boxes of Mulled Words, my first book; tearshine in Spring Prayers—indoors, out, alone, at home, away, with Jim, Mom and others; Summer Shalom with Judah in six states, then holding and rocking baby Seren.
“So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart” 152 days featured time with 3 to 4 year old Lily Ung-Weaver. Grandma Gifter, thanks for 53 days with 10 year old Judah. All-Loving One, how You grew my love with Mom here 25 nights total, Joyce 28; on trips with family 17, with Jim 24 nights! All-Wise One, what did I learn in 88 Bible Studies, book discussions or Sunday School classes that year of three all-too-soon funerals, of Clara and Stephen’s wonderful wedding and of Jim’s and my tenth anniversary?