Photo a Week – Things That Matter Most

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – The Things that Matter Most

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS THAT MEAN THE MOST TO YOU.

The things that matter most are not things. At least not to me.

I have heard it said that when you are on your deathbed, you don’t wish you had spent more time at work. More often it is…I wish I had spent more time with my family.
My friends.
My kids.
My grandparents.

The “things” that matter most to me are the family and friends I love and care about.
And who love and care about me.

What else matters?
That I am fortunate enough to have a roof over my head and enough food to eat…

Family

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Family…the Beginning

 

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Family…the next generation


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Food

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Shelter

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Quote of the Day…

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

 

And so we blog…
And reveal
And share.
Extracting bits of thought
Letter by letter.

Arranging in order
Lines jagged
Then smoothed.
Complete
Or left broken.

Weaving together
In story form
One way
Or another
Just in time.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Begin again.

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Play

This post inspired by Ragtag Daily Prompt: Play

Playing music was always front and center in our home.
Whether it be playing a record, a tape or, as years went by, a CD.

But the best playing happened in person.

At the end of one oppressively hot September day in 1988, we huddled around our only air conditioner for an impromptu concert. After a long day of yard work.

The 6 year old playing my old guitar from childhood.
The 10 month old plucking strings on his daddy’s guitar.
And the daddy playing, singing and offering advice on note fingering.

Keeping cool…

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This trio played together many times over the years.
Guitar. Flute. Recorder. Clarinet.
Such fun.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Challenge

Here is my entry for this week’s challenge hosted by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo

…Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?…

(from Signs: by the Five Man Electrical Band…from my high school days…)

Signs often present challenges…
With instructions for what we are supposed to do.
Or…more specifically…what we are not supposed to do.

We can obey them…or not.
After all, we do have a choice…made all the harder when signage deviates from the usual.

Such was the case during a visit to Virginia Beach in 2006.  We were looking forward to a few relaxing days to unwind before the 600 mile road trip home. After the stress of leaving our last born to freshman orientation…and indoctrination into the wild untamed life of college in Richmond.

But what was this?

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Virginia Beach “Resort Area”

I was startled to note that a large beach town would need such a directive.
Did visitors usually wander around spewing the f-bomb? Describing dog doo doo in loud outside voices?

It was a challenge NOT to shout out an expletive.
Not because I had the urge to.
But because there was this big sign bossing me around…planting the thought…
Posing a challenge.

And then further down the street…

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Another set of challenges…for some.
And unfortunately there will be those who rise stoop to the challenge…and harass people and break laws anyway.

However…

Virginia Beach is a large thriving tourist destination.

And “the Resort Area” (ie: main street) is only walking distance from
its public beach…which showcases swimwear of all imaginations.
“…refrain from…wearing revealing attire…?”
Now, THAT’S a challenge.

(We had a lovely time despite the signs. And I only cursed in my mind.)

 

 

Intent

This post is inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #27: Intent

Turning the Page

Decades tethered spider-like
to needy souls
Absorbing the self.
No more.

Navigating a fresh path
With intent to renew the spirit
Lost for so long
Buried but not forgotten.

Uncovering
The quiet.
The peaceful.
The spark.

Liberating the authentic
Allowing time to…
Sit still.
Breathe…
Behold…
and…

Read the entire paper
over coffee.
Or not.

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Photo a Week – Lit from Within

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – Lit from Within

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS LIT FROM WITHIN.

One of my favorite Christmas decorations/ornaments is a “lit from within” glass globe featuring an angel inside. A special gift from a special friend a few years ago.

It can either be hung from a tree branch or placed on a flat surface. In our case, this year the flat surface is perfect…since we are not putting up a tree for the first time in over 40 years. Empty nesters that we are, we are flying from the nest to celebrate with our hosting-for-the-holiday adult children.

In the meantime…this Angel will rest on our mantel and continuously spread Christmas cheer with a flick of a switch.

from gold…

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to blue…

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to green…

green

Repeat!