may 23, 2016…one year anniversary…

today, i am grateful for…

…my mom…for all of the time that i got to spend with her, before she died…all of the good times, as well as, the bad…life lessons, hard knocks, and love. my mom taught me how to count, do math, to sort, to collate, alphabetize, spell, read, write, memorize…she taught me a lot. i learned how to season food, cook, develop my palate, play jacks, jump rope, get the most out of my library, embrace ethnic foods, stay still, be quiet, develop endless amounts of patience and tolerance, and how to disassociate. she did the best that she could, with what she had. i am grateful for the love that she had for me…

…the hospitality, love, and support…that wendy and jenny, have provided me with. it is such a rare treat. jenny and i, talk and tell stories…shoot photos…and, we critique each others work. wendy and i, talk about “old times”…watch, “dead files”…and talk about her mom, Karen…they have been huge…blessings to me…i love them both…

…the honey bee that lost his/her life today, when he/she stung me, on my left elbow. i was taking photos of their beehive, which was in a depression, in a rock wall…

…the ability to walk, to hike, to explore. the ability to be adventurous, to be spontaneous, to be joyous. the chance to be truly free, be truly independent, be truly. feel, all of my feelings. think, all of my thoughts. love, all of myself…

…the perfect day and the perfect way, to honor my mom today, on the one year anniversary, of her death. wendy and jenny, took me out to lake meade, and we hiked about two and a half miles…taking photos the whole way. the views were breathtakingly beautiful. the weather was very hot, but breezy. the colors were stunning…

i was sad for multiple reasons today, but i pushed through. i was tired all day today, but found strength to keep going. i was in lots of physical pain today, but i sucked it up.

i am powerful. i am healthy. i am loving.

namaste.

 

 

 

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