As I walked down the busy downtown streets with my daughter by my side, I was present to the people, buildings, breezes, smells and sounds. I am grateful for the city I call home: it’s clean, safe, refreshing, entertaining, convenient, thriving, accommodating and FUN.
The sun kissed our skin. Our hair blew in the wind as we crossed busy streets. Our strong legs balanced our purchases and us over 10,000 steps to and from our destination.
We saw neon cars, bright signs and colorful clothing. We saw smiles, frowns and tears. The city is alive and we enjoy walking around in the midst of it all.
Observing the recent birthday of Dr. Seuss caused me to reflect on some of the profound lessons this modern-day philosopher taught with his exotically imaginative stories.
For example, whether I’m looking at my clock, my calendar, or observing how quickly my children change, he captures the surprise and wistful sadness I often feel: “How did it get so late so soon? My goodness, how the time has flewn.”
Then he softens the lament by urging us to look back on our lives with a positive perspective: “Don’t cry because it’s over, ” he writes. “Smile because it happened.”
His advice to help us find and celebrate our own uniqueness is timeless and wise.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” he tells us. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Dr. Seuss urges us not to fret too much about what others think. “Be who you are and say what you want, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
To get us started he tells us to get on our way. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting.” But he also tells us to choose our own mountains and take control of our lives:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own,
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one
Who’ll decide where to go.
If you doubt the sincerity of my admiration, let me remind you of Horton who put it simply, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent.”
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.
I admire these two men and enjoy learning from them.
At the end of another great post-walk week, I am grateful for the loving support and comments I hear about the desert trek I made eighteen days ago. My tan is fading, but the memories are not. People are asking me about the journey and congratulating me on my completion ~ in the grocery store, at the school and in community meetings I attend. I am grateful for the acknowledgement.
The walk was a team effort. I was a member of the team.
Those loving thoughts and comments bring to mind that we must choose our circle of friends wisely and carefully. We are fortunate to do great things and live in the amazing place. There is so much to do and we must all take advantage of the opportunities, where ever we live!
I love being a mom and experiencing proud and happy moments. One more proud mom moment happened yesterday afternoon…my youngest daughter texted me as she was walking home (as she does daily), but then followed that text with another one:
“I got into LBCC”
YES, she is accepted to Long Beach City College for the Fall!!! Hooray! Now her college plans have begun and my nest is all aflutter. Only formalities remain, paperwork, mostly.
I know my friends in SoCal will “watch out” for her; she will be safe and happy; her dreams will come to fruition; she is growing up and flying out.
In 80 days, our youngest daughter graduates from high school and begins her journey into the world. I am excited for her. I’m proud of her and her choices. She’s a delightful young lady who will certainly do great things.
In 80 days, my role as “Mom” will change: no more early morning alarms, packed lunches, planned dinners, school plays, sleep-overs or emergency runs to Forever 21.
In 80 days, my Mark and I will have completed the goal of raising our two daughters into strong, independent women.
In 80 days, Mark and I will plan our next adventure.
In 80 days, our daughters’ roots and wings will take over and our nest will be empty. Well, the nest will be empty about 20 days later.
In 80 days, I will need a big, giant, long-lasting, sincere, empathetic hug.
Our youngest daughter made her final curtain call of her high school career last night.
The productions were “shorts” ~ each play was 3-9 minutes long. There were about a dozen plays, all chosen by the students. Tara changed gears this time and was the director; and her play was wonderful. (proud mom moment) She cast three young ladies and they each played their roles excellently. All the students were fabulous‼️
Tara has performed in musical, dance and drama shows all four years of high school, as well as in Dubai and Oman representing her school and collaborating with other Middle East schools.
We are proud of her and her theatrical accomplishments. Kudos, Tara! Onwards and Upwards!!