|Black Doll from Figge Museum exhibit, E. Tsagaris Photo. D. Neff Collection.|
Roses, the flower of June, seem to glow with life. Today, on this latest birthday of mine, it is cool and sunny, perfect. If only life were. I note the day here as the Bronte sisters when they wrote birthday letters, but I have no sister, so I write to my blog. There are wild berry vines in my back yard, forming a magic arc, and tiny flowers all over. My container gardens hold their own, and we are struggling through and surviving the latest family medical disasters.
|Jackson Pottery, courtesy Emily Jackson|
I have my Dad with me as a birthday present; that is all I want. I expect nothing, and the unexpected kindnesses that come my way are more than I deserve.
We are extolling the virtue of high fiber diets and oat meal, and cranberry juice and water. they may have saved us. That, and a network of caregivers and advocates in the hospital. Never go it alone, not these days. I plant o write a guide to help others. Remember that no matter whose healthcare plan is out there; it's an industry. Remember no one can force you or a loved one from your home or his/hers, and home care 24/7 is available.
|Summer. Publics Domain|
I'm at the juncture in my life where I am still young and full of plans, but weighed down by responsibility for others. Yet, the world now treats me insidiously like an old woman, as if I don't notice the snotty tone, the comments. For these occasions, I carry a special necklace made by my friend Red at "Abernathy's," a charm that spells in pewter and silver, "F**k Off!" Well, it's a good old Anglo-Saxon word, meant for occasions when people are rude and ignorant. I carry it in my purse at all times.
|Flower Maiden, Public Domain|
Thank you, Red. Happy Birthday to my birthday twins out there, including my cousin Madeleine, Brad, Bruce A., Greg S., Guy Lombardo in heaven, Evie, Constance's little one, and I think, Knox.
|Charlotte Bronte, Public Domain|
|Bronte Sisters, Unfinished, Painted by their Brother, Public Domain|
Cliché though it sound, remember to stop to smell the flowers, and to pot them and water them. Now is a good time to create that fairy garden. Finally, we will have during the equinox, Long Night's Journey into Day, instead of the other way around.