Mt. Timpanogos in Orem, Utah. The view we saw from our kitchen window in the 1970s, an emotionally painful decade. Though I don't yet know how painful the journey will be as my memoir In the Mirror begins. Or how much I'll learn from the journey. "When a writer is young, he has style. Older, he has subject matter," said Pulitzer prize-winning poet C. K. Williams. It's true you have to live long enough to have memories.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

75 Years...and Still Going

Another birthday.

Seems unreal. Have I really been on planet Earth this long? In some ways it seems like but a few moments....

So interesting to see who we were. This is the way the camera says I was in 1983 ...



Fast forward thirty-two years ... but I'm not doing a picture ... BECAUSE the camera tells it like it is ... LOL ... so I'm staying with the profile pic that's on this blog and also on the back cover of my memoir.

My daughter's aide is here, they've sung happy birthday to me, I've gotten several birthday wishes through Facebook, one of course from my youngest daughter who's such a sweetheart. She always remembers ... and is usually the first to phone or text. She phoned as I was composing this.

So what am I going to do on my big SEVEN FIVE? Jen's favorite thing...eat at a restaurant. I'm taking her and our sweet aide Jessica aka Jess to the Cracker Barrel. It's quite good home cooking, and we have one here in town about ten minutes away. Then a senior missionary couple from Idaho serving here in Harrisonburg, Virginia are going to drop by and bring me my favorite dark chocolate. They asked what I like, and I told them!

A Day that's a Bit Bittersweet ...

I've been praying very hard for my son to find a good job, one that's best for him and his wife and two sweet little boys. So I can't complain that my prayers were answered. SAIC, a government contractor that's been in business for decades, hired my son Derek about two weeks ago. He's going to be one of four web developers in the Albuquerque, New Mexico office ... the place where they wanted to go! He's heading out in two days, the 15th, to start work on the 18th. He has to leave his wife and children behind; they want sweet Connor to finish kindergarten here in Virginia. Love this little family: (left to right) Gavin, Kasey, Connor, and Derek.





I'm very happy for them. It's just bittersweet, of course, for me and Jen and the rest of the family he's leaving behind. I'd like to, but I don't think Jen and I can make another road trip. I'm the only driver, and it would be three motel nights for us. I console myself with the fact that they will mostly likely come East each year for their vacation. And that there is Skype, which isn't as good as in person. But still....there's much in our technological world that's a blessing ... phones, texting, and so on and on ... 

In so many ways it's an amazing time in the earth's history, and I have so many blessings on this day that I celebrate three-quarters of a century living here ... great family and friends, a comfortable house with indoor plumbing, electricity for heat and cold, food on the table, and so much more. Though it's a small duplex by some standards, it's a palace compared to what many, many people in the world have...and don't have. And we have the most wonderful landlord ...

I Do Feel Blessed.