Oh, the lessons I could tell and the wisdom I could channel as I approach another birthday, making me all the wiser. Wisdom earned, not through deep regrets or extended bouts of brokenness, but mostly through persistence, purposeful direction, and a healthy dose of Divine intervention. Plenty of blood, sweat, and tears too. I could tell you how I climbed out of the depths of darkness as a young woman and why that part of my history makes the sunshine I bask in every morning so much brighter. I could tell you what it felt like to be the first among my hard-working clan to earn, not one, but two college degrees with distinction, and an additional rigorous graduate certificate (and how great it feels to not owe a scholarly cent!). I could tell you about the many seasons of a seasoned marriage. I could tell you about the pains and wonder of natural childbirth and the not so joyous weeks of confined bedrest leading up to a miracle experienced and witnessed. I could tell you about vegan living and the never-ending task of washing and chopping veggies, and growing them too. I could carry on about the gifts and challenges of being drawn to teach – a noble calling I will never completely leave. I could tell you what it feels like to have finally embraced a creative path over a year ago and why there is no turning back. I could tell you how magnificent and liberating it has been to have discovered parts of myself during our year of pandemic living. I could boast about feeling comfortable in my feminine skin after writing three womanly poetry collections. I could tell you what it is like to be a “wise” woman, but that story is still being written.
I could share these lessons and more with you, dear reader, and you might leave my post having gained more wisdom and insight, but that won’t happen today. Perhaps another time. 😉
“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”
Enjoy your weekend. Mine will be an extended one, spent with Sammi Lee. She and I, the illustrator and poet, will be connecting at the airport where she will be landing soon, then we will travel to another state, where it is NOT already reaching 100 degrees F. in the afternoon. We will have a wonderful time reconnecting, exploring, and celebrating – my birthday and her recent University of Oregon graduation. Be well.💗 Michele