I think my mom would have enjoyed living here. The last years of her life, she spent all day and evening watching television and solving word search puzzles. I can see her sitting on the porch and passing time. Add my late husband to a chair beside her and I can hear them exchanging stories. I’d be sitting across from them and listening with a happy heart. It might encourage me to put bird food out to draw the birds closer since both of them liked to watch birds.
Mom lived in a wooded valley and often had visitors of the furry masked kind. She fed the racoons bread and leftovers and always had a pan of water for them to wash their hands. When we’d visit, it was a treat for us when they would knock on her door asking for dinner. We’d stay inside and watch them with awe since we were city dwellers.
Some mornings I watch my quiet landscape and enjoy happy memories. Sipping a cup of tea with gratitude for the years of blessing in my life.
This morning I’m remembering all the great times I’ve shared with my children and grandchildren over the years and I know how very blessed my life has been. When I was younger I prayed God would let me watch my grandchildren grow. He answered that prayer with a resounding yes! Now I have great grandchildren and even a great, great grandchild. My life has been full. I’ve suffered heartbreak and shed tears, but the journey has mostly been filled with love.
My heart is filled with memories that bring smiles and laughter and God has given me a creative spirit to fill the retirement hours. From the moment we are born, we are on the path to leaving our human bodies when they wear out. But only God knows how many days we have on earth, and I am looking forward to gazing back on whatever blessings God has for my future days. Lifting my cup of tea to wish you all a blessed Sunday. May your memories warm your soul, your laugh bring joy, and your love shine as a beacon from God.