It is my sister Wendy's Birthday today. Not only is she my sister, but she is also my best friend. I really don't know what I would do without her. I have a bond with her that can't be explained. This picture of her was taken with my little girl in Utah almost 4 years ago, and it was the first time Wendy and I had been able to see each other in 3 years. (Because we lived on opposite coasts of the U.S.) That was way too long and we vowed never to let that happen again.
I am a bit of a poetry snob. Or maybe just fickle. But unless we are talking about the classics, poetry has to be strictly prose, or very abstract, or I have a hard time liking it. I think it's really cheesy. I know I am probably going to get some hateful comments for that, but I'm just 'keepin it real'. But I found this poem on line and I was strangely o.k. with it representing my sister. I wish I knew who it was by so that I could give credit where credit is due.
One more year has passed on by,
Don’t look back
Keep your head held high
For you’re missing the most valuable moments,
When you are looking down toward your feet.
Walk, if you run, you’ll find yourself wondering
Why or When
What never failed to smile down at you,
Somehow, forgot to grin.
We somehow took for granted then,
The special times we shared-
Smiles, smells of home, were there
Whenever we got scared.
I ran to and from that place,
Yet, never saw that smile.
I look up now, no place to run,
And it’s been here all the while.
I realize late, the things that time
Can’t allow us to hold for long.
The youngest, the oldest, and all in between
Can’t return, once time has gone-
Take time, hold the moments, in time they slip away,
For those of you who haven't already discovered this gem it is a book called 'The Artistic Mother' by Shona Cole. It is like a self help book for busy moms. It focuses on different ways for us to work creativity into our everyday lives. I don't know about the rest of you but making art is very much a therapy for me. Even so, I can never seem to find the time to do it. This book is strangely practical as it helps draw you back into making time for your own artistic therapy. So fabulous,...why didn't I think of it? ;)