Staying in Focus: Happy Birthday, Gavin!



Six years ago this precious little person joined our family. He is one of the sweetest little boys the world has ever known. His smile lights up my life, his laugh tickles my ears, and his hug chases away the blues like nothing else can. I cannot believe he is six years old already – Happy Birthday, Little Man! We love you!

When I was One,

I had just begun.

When I was Two,

I was nearly new.

When I was Three,

I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,

I was not much more.

When I was Five,

I was just alive.

But now I m Six, I’m as clever as clever.

So I think I’ll be six now, forever and ever.

– A.A. Milne

IMG_4116 IMG_3736 IMG_3739 IMG_3023 IMG_2552 185251_2215596982177_5936247_n 541880_4627235271627_106073247_n IMG_3323 IMG_2509a IMG_2508.bjpg - Copy IMG_2501a - Copy

Staying in Focus: Focus On: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GAVIN

We celebrated my grandson’ s 5th birthday this week with a chocolate chip pancake breakfast at Bob Evans. Here are some photos of the event:

IMG_2548_2 IMG_2542a IMG_2543a IMG_2546 IMG_2545b IMG_2547a

To Gavin

How can it already be year number five

since you first arrived, so precious and  small?

but in almost no time at all

you won my heart with your winning smile,

and vibrant personalityIMG_6070

I love the special kind of hugs

and kisses that you give to me

you have such a great imagination

I look forward with expectation

to find out who you decide to be

your father says right now the choice

is between being  a daddy

541880_4627235271627_106073247_n 544957_10200585290047450_999910405_n

and Ironman.

To be both of then, I think you can –

but in my heart and memories

you’ll always be my little man.

Happy Birthday!



Focus on Gratitude

Today is my 59th birthday and as I sit here wondering how this could be, I am nevertheless grateful to have made it this far.  I truly believe that time is a dimension of perception.  When we are young, time seems to move so slow.  Is Christmas ever going to get here? When will summer vacation start?  Can I wear lipstick next year?

I remember the  last day of school before summer vacation began,  That feeling of relief, freedom and anticipation.  Hot, sunny days stretching out before me, nothing to do but play and swim and read Nancy Drew books in my secret place, hidden from view so no one could interrupt Nancy, Bess, George and I as we solved The Mystery of the Hidden Staircase.

We were in such a hurry to grow up. And now we look back and wonder why.  I think The Plain White Ts summed it up quite nicely in their song,  Irrational Anthem –  “I remember wishing I was older, always something big around the corner, but as the years go by I’m growing younger, open eye and head still filled with wonder, wonder….”.  What we didn’t realize then was that somewhere in the process of growing up, we have a tendency to leave our sense of wonder behind. We must grow younger.

And we certainly did not anticipate time speeding up – but it has.  Where does the time go?, I hear people ask .  One minute it’s Sunday night and everyone is moaning about going to work the next day, and the next minute  it’s Friday… again. Or so it seems.

So I’m going to dedicate the next 59 years to growing younger and recapturing the wonder. I will use my toolbox of ps – prose, poetry and  photographs to document my journey. I will slow time down by keeping my focus on the here and now, and celebrate every moment. With gratitude. Starting now.  I know just where to start, with two little people with wonder to spare.  Happy Birthday to me!

With Gratitude…

For sweeping skies of crystal blue
And mighty mountains standing tall
For the new grown green of early spring
And the brightly colored leaves of fall
For butterflies and singing birds
Morning light and summer showers
Treasured books, filled with words
A special place to read for hours
For Christmas trees and twinkling lights
For gathering with those most dear
For silent snow that frosts the night
And dreams of peace to conquer fear
For delicate flowers and a star-spangled sky
For the marvel that is our universe
For the sense of wonder as we try
To unravel things mysterious
For the light and warmth of the golden sun
For ocean waves that rush to shore
For spending time just having fun
With my grandkids, whom I adore
For Bill, who loves and cares for me
For my family, how I love them so
For friends and good times most carefree
For all there is to learn and know
And all the things still left to do
I’m filled with heartfelt gratitude
– pc 2012