“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” ~ Andrew Jackson I am Skyping with my granddaughter; she is quizzing me from a list questions she compiled. (Really, what did grandmothers do before telephones and Skype when their grandchildren lived far away? I shudder […]
“I observe, I write, I try not to remember the life that I didn’t want to lose but lost and have to remember.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The other day I chatted briefly with on of the residents at the care home where my mother-in-love now resides. She told me how […]
“I believe in the magic and authority of words.” ~ René Char There is a woman named Betty who lives in the care home with my mother-in-love who does not speak. She is 99-years-old and has some dementia but, as far as I can tell, is physically strong. She dives heartily into her meals; one […]
“That is one good thing about this world . . . there are always sure to be more springs.” ~ L.M. Montgomery I dread looking out the window in the morning for fear of seeing how much snow accumulated overnight. I’m hearing rumours of a warming trend next week so maybe, if we can just […]
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ~ Rudyard Kipling I love the written word and am relatively fluent in it. Less so, the spoken word. I fast grow weary of inane chatter and small talk, though I hold deep appreciation for one-on-one conversation that goes beneath the surface. Yesterday I was […]
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol The laughter of my grandchildren. The beautiful prairie. All is well.
“She loved them so much that she felt a kind of hollowness on the inner surface of her arms whenever she looked at them–an ache of longing to pull them close and hold them tight against her.” ~ Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread We are looking forward to a weekend with our grandchildren. […]
“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart There were many moments of silence as we visited with my mother-in-love yesterday. It was not one of her better days. Still, there was music in the few words she spoke in the moments when her eyes met ours in […]