friends, family and frenzied squirrels
About a thousand miles from where I sit, drinking my Saturday coffee, three of my favorite girls (and a couple pretty great guys) are getting to know each other even better. Al’s son Matt and his lady Beth–who live here in the metro Denver area– are spending the weekend with Kate and her crew in Corpus Christi. Not a lot on the agenda, they tell me, just some beach walking and BBQ.
What I love about their meet-up is that it takes the extended family concept to the next level–they’re claiming the connection. Which fits with the challenge I issued Kate so many years ago that it was up to her to find the brothers and sisters not of our blood, but of our hearts.
This has been one of those weeks when an ordinary encounter with an old business associate launched one of those unexpected “what have I done with my life?” sorting outs. The kind that turns your stomach, tweaks your brain and eventually sets you back down in the place you started, a little wiser but still wobbly–rather like the Frenzied Squirrel ride at the cosmic carnival.
Part of my regrounding exercise included creating a virtual family album in my brain. And it’s pretty amazing. For one of the things I have done with my life is nuture relationships. Introducing the people in one facet of my life to those in another brings me great joy. So picking up Kate’s message from last night that “my kids” are together and having fun was a great way to start the day.
As to the “what have you done?” question, I’m still answering. One friend says it’s my Solstice gift. Another says it’s a belated birthday present. My so-wise sister Marilyn gently suggested I’ll be encountering it regularly now that I’m in the third-third of my life. Okie-dokie, then.
“My life has a superb cast but I can’t figure out the plot.” ~Ashleigh Brilliant