Christina being her spontaneous, carefree self splashing through the Georgetown Waterfront Fountain. I just loved that she ran through without a care in the world! This is the free spirit of what it means to be a child. As parents we have to remember to say YES more often because children know the secret to understanding how to embrace the simple exquisite pleasures of life! A simple YES created a moment of JOY and a lifetime memory. Who cares that you didn’t have any clothes to change into. “I’ll just walk around and dry off!” ~ Christina
It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties. ~Terri Guillemets
Whoever wants to understand much must play much. ~Gottfried Benn
- The Summer Solstice (dunthor.com)
- Summer Solstice 2013 (journalread.wordpress.com)
One of the wonderful experiences of this exquisite journey is the journey of my natural hair growth. In March 2009, I did a BIG CHOP. It’s great to see how much my hair has grown since then! It’s completely chemical free and color free. I absolutely love it!
I am enjoying my Mother’s Day weekend! On Friday evening, I had the pleasure of picking up my oldest daughter from her college dorm and helping her to get settled in her first apartment. She just completed her first year of college. She called me yesterday to share that she was blessed with her first job which will help her with her summer expenses. It is a blessing for me to see my young adult children embracing their independence. I felt such peace and joy sharing in her new adventure.
On Saturday, Christina and I attended the Mother-Daughter Tea at church. We had a lovely time, hearing about the history of tea and the importance of taking time to BE with one another. We are much too busy, taking tea gives us the chance too slow down and communicate face to face.
On Sunday, I was treated to breakfast in bed and a wonderful card from my three youngest children. Ha! Now I know that they can cook a decent breakfast!
In church, we celebrated the newest mother, the mother with the most children, and the oldest mother. Our oldest mother was 103 years old! I pray that God will bless me to be as healthy and beautiful when I reach 103 years old.
My oldest son, called me this evening to wish me Happy Mother’s Day. It was great to hear his voice and hear his plans for the summer. He just completed his third year of college. I am so excited to watch him find his way and hear how he is creating a life for himself. I am thankful that he made the time to give me a call to wish me Happy Mother’s Day.
I am so thankful that God chose me to be my children’s mother. They have been a blessing to me. Through their individual interests, I have grown and explored so many areas of life. I look forward to seeing what they have to share with me as each day goes by.
I wish every mother and every mother figure a wonderful Mother’s Day! Enjoy the rest of your day!
What’s Going On? – Marvin Gaye
The Kennedy Center is celebrating the anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s performance of What’s Going On at the newly-opened Kennedy Center back in May 1971. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this event, the Kennedy Center is leading a national conversation around the issues and ideas on the record. “We’re asking young people to think critically about these themes and respond in their own artistic voice.”
“The songs on What’s Going On were united by Marvin Gaye’s dismay about what he saw going on in the world. He sang about the troubles many Americans—especially African Americans—were facing. These woes included the Vietnam War, racism, environmental destruction, poverty, and drug abuse. At times, Gaye was overwhelmed by anger and despair about what was happening. Other times, he spotted glimmers of hope and the possibility of peace and love.” – What’s Going On…NOW? Project
The Project‘s theme is THINK – CREATE – CONNECT. If you visit the What’s Going On…NOW? website you will have the opportunity to engage in the conversation:
Take the time to read and explore the TIMELINE OF THE ERA, THE VIETNAM ERA, THE MUSIC OF THE ERA, and THE ISSUES OF THE DAY.
Explore ARTSEDGE, the Kennedy Center’s free digital resources for creating your video, audio or imagery of your contribution to the conversation. The CREATE page allows you to Choose Your Issue, Grab a Track, Pick A Tool, Create, and Share.
The CONNECT page allows you to check out what others are sharing about what’s happening in their world.
I just found out about the project and had to get this post together. Let me know if you choose to add to the conversation. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Peace and Love
I had a wonderful opportunity to talk with Ruth Spokky about life, lessons learned, new discoveries and natural hair! Click on the link below to read the interview and learn more about Ruth’s blog!
The Natural Woman: Michelle Thompson