A lasting fragrance…

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Party dress by Joan Currie

Party dress @ Joan Currie

Maiden, that read’st this simple rhyme, Enjoy thy youth, it will not stay; Enjoy the fragrance of thy prime, For oh, it is not always May!

from It Is Not Always May by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sometimes it is hard not to lament the passing of time…

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Indomitable…

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The Waiting Season

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I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave…
lyrics from the song Brave by Sara Bareilles

Sometimes it is hard to be the person you need me to be…

Jumping….

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Lauren di Marco in Ireland – @ Joan Currie

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair.
We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical.
Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your own wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury.

Loving where I’ve landed right now…

Some Things I Taught My Daughters…

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Sometimes I wonder if what I taught my daughters over the years will adequately prepare them for going out into the world on their own.

This last weekend I made a list of some of the things I taught them (it made me feel better):

1. How to draw a face, mix colors, carve soap, blow bubbles, make a wish, and chalk a hopscotch board on the sidewalk.

2. How to ride a bike, drive a car and motorboat, sail a Laser, paddle a canoe, ride a horse, skate, toboggan, throw a ball, and use a tennis racquet.

3. How to write a thank you note, compose a poem, keep a journal, make a speech, say hello in five languages, read a map, and wrap a gift.

4. How to snuggle up with blankets to watch movies on the sofa, sing Broadway songs, play the piano and guitar, tap dance and waltz around the living room.

5. How to bake and decorate a cake, make a French pie crust, mega chocolate chip cookies, maple fudge, and butter tarts.

6. How to needlepoint a pillow, knit a scarf, sew a quilt, and draft a pattern.

7. How to spot constellations and satellites in the night sky and look for the green flash just before the sun sets.

8. How to use a hammer, screwdriver, saw, drill, and car jack.

9. How to use a camera, computer, iron, glue gun, vacuum cleaner, mixer, coffee machine, and hair flattener.

10. How to apply sunscreen, foundation, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick, and nail polish.

11. How to do CPR, dress a wound, and prepare for an emergency.

12. How to make a bed, clean a floor, paint a room, and refinish small pieces of furniture.

13. How to wash the car, use duct tape, cut grass, plant bulbs, and make a flower arrangement.

14. How to make a budget, use coupons, recycle and upcycle, and roll change.

15. How to keep their word, obey the law, vote, volunteer, continually learn and discover, work, and pray.

Try making a list yourself – your child or children could help!

Going with the flow…

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© Joan Currie – Figure sketch by Lauren DiMarco & Skirt by Joan Currie

The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music,
and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable.
Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.  
Charles Baudelaire

Sometimes you can’t help but dance to the music…

“Pitbull” dominates my fun summer playlist!

Thinking of my father…

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A tsunami of grief swept over me after my beloved Dad died this past February. In the months that followed I struggled to make sense of his passing and, although I still cannot, several activities helped me move toward a sense of acceptance and celebration of the time we did have together. I hope the following list helps someone who may be in a similar situation:

Ten things that helped me through the early grieving process: I…

1.  Comforted my daughters who were struggling with my father’s absence as much as I.

2.  Connected and reconnected with family members and friends who knew my Dad. They told me many wonderful stories that I had not heard before.

3.  Searched through my family photos for some father-daughter images to frame and put on my laptop and iphone screen savers.

4.  Read letters and postcards that I received from him when I was a child. I had forgotten he used to call me “Honey.”

5.  Edited my telephone messages. I found a message where he called me by name and realized that listening to it is the only way I will ever hear him say my name again!

6.  Engaged in repetitive activities such as walking (lots of walking), sudoku and solitaire games, and knitting.

7.  Created art – sketching, doodling, digital photography, painting, and sculpture.

8.  Listened to music – not soft, soulful songs but strong, energetic tunes by such artists as The Rolling Stones and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

9.  Kept a journal – wrote about my Dad and how to make the time I have left on the planet more meaningful.

10. Baked his favorite desserts – apple pie and date squares.

 

You may like this past post about Ten Things My Father Taught Me.

Useful moves detected…

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Lauren DiMarco in Ireland © Joan Currie

First time he kissed me, he but only kissed
The fingers of this hand wherewith I write,
And ever since it grew more clean and white,
Slow to world-greetings, quick with its “O, list,”
When the angels speak. A ring of amethyst
I could not wear here plainer to my sight, 
Than that first kiss…
from First time he kissed me by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Grateful for the small yet sacred declarations of love…

Tender mercies…

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And then,
the sacrament of waiting began.
The sunrise and sunset watched with tenderness.
Clothing her with silhouettes
they kept her hope alive.
from The Sacrament of Waiting – by Macrina Wiederkehr

Sometimes the waiting period is better than the one that follows…