{July 31, 2020}   Chit Chat

The Pandemic for Me

The best of times and the worst of times

 A time for everything

To pray and reflect

To read and relax

To walk and be silent

To listen and hear

To wonder at nature

To plant a new garden

 To chat with my neighbors

To text with my friends

To treasure my family

To learn how to Zoom

To yearn for embraces

To mourn for the losses

To search for the reasons

To question and wonder

To grieve the destruction

To fear for the future

But never give up

the hope to recover

{January 13, 2020}   RETIREMENT

American writer Anne Lamott has said, “almost anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes.”

After working for almost 25 years at a job I absolutely loved among people who have become my family, I have reluctantly decided to unplug for a while.

For a, first-born, type A personality like me, that is an extremely difficult thing to do. But unlike Webster who defines retirement as withdrawal … withdrawal into privacy and seclusion … that is the last thing I plan to do with whatever time I have left on this earth.

My personal definition of retirement is freedom … freedom from responsibilities. Frankly, I never thought I would live so long, and knowing that I have been gifted with good physical and mental health in my elder years, I plan to take advantage of that freedom and to … “make hay while the sun shines,” … as my dear mother would say.

The question that always seems to be asked when someone retires is, “what’s next?” For now, I plan to just unplug for a while, and to take the advice of scripture to, “be still, and to speak less and listen much.”

Where I go from here, only God knows and I await whatever comes with baited breath.

et cetera