Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Today is a fun filled holiday in the USA! Flags waving, picnics, watermelon, hot weather.....etc...
Those are my memories growing up on how we celebrated the best summer holiday ever! It was also my dad's birthday which made it even more special.
For many years to celebrate the day we would meet up at the extended family house on Lake Hopatcong in NJ for a crab feast. Some of my uncles, (my mom's brothers) would get crabs from Maryland and have them sitting in wooden baskets at the back door of the family style house on the lake. It was a large wooden house with a garage and a stone tree lined drive leading up to it.
It was the once a year meeting with my cousins, aunts and uncles that just about everyone was there for. All the picnic tables were pushed together and covered with newspapers to protect them from the soon to be piles of crab shells. This is where I developed my love of seafood, especially crab.
Pitchers of beer and glasses of soda (for us kids) lined the tables and the conversations were loud and joyous. It was a great time and we kids couldn't wait until it would start to get dark so we could see the fireworks and have our very own sparkler to hold.
The boats would start to dot the lake and the lights of sparklers started to appear. That signaled to us that it was time for us to join in. One of my uncles would hand out the silver rods and give us careful instructions on how to hold them. For a few minutes we were like owners of shooting stars with steams of light from our hands. I loved waving it around and even writing my name in the air. It all ended too soon as the light faded.
As was the custom, a birthday cake in the shape of an American Flag was brought out for my Dad and candles lit the night darkness. We all enjoyed the celebration and it's amazing that after all these years I can see it all in my mind's eye.
Today my Dad would have been 95. It's been 21 years since his passing He died on 5 July 1991....today I run in his memory and will wear my Stars and Stripes.
May you all make bold and strong memories so that twenty one years from now, someone can paint a verbal picture of them!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
How's that for a question?? Something to ponder and be honest about. The following is a great quote and a challenge to reach beyond, dig deeper and come forth from what IS to what CAN/WILL be! Time to face any fear and release the freedom!
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our
deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not
serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure
We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were
born to make manifest the glory of God that is within
us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same. As
we're liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson
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