Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice. Isaiah 42:3

The tears are held inside.
Though emotions are crushed,
Betrayal cuts deep,
A freshly wounded spirit cries,
And aching.

Vulnerable, open to life's storms,
Bonds broken, pride stolen,
Drowned in loss,
Resolve starts to smolder,
And strength.

Friday, July 5, 2013

"As you get older you realize that there are no answers, just stories..." ~ Garrison Keillor

Dad as a med student at MUSC in 1957

I am slowly digesting the past few weeks. This last couple of months has been such a blur. My dad had surgery recently and at 79 this is no small feat. Seeing him struggle to regain his footing has been most difficult.

I am a self admitted daddy's girl. It is his love of medicine and people that runs through my veins and seeing him hurting and afraid, just about undid me.

As difficult as this has been, it has been awesome to be able to spend time with him. We have cleaned the house top to bottom, straightened things that were worrying him, hung pictures, gone through mail and reminisced. I have so enjoyed this time together. There is nothing quite as fulfilling as being able to give back to your parents, even just a little.

Now, my dad is a storyteller. Don't get me wrong. He doesn't make up stories, but he can spin a tale better than about anyone I know. Combine this talent with an interesting, full life and one is never quite certain what adventuresome saga you may hear...

One evening after supper, as we watched American Pickers, Dad began to unravel a story about when he was in medical school. Now, I have heard about how he would sell his blood for extra cash (his blood type is A negative and fairly rare), I have heard about the gentleman that walked into the ER with a stab wound but whose girlfriend didn't want to wait, so they left... with his intestines hanging out. Dad and the med students had combed the obituaries for weeks just sure he died somewhere. But this story was new...

Apparently the house he lived in with his fraternity brothers was near a part of the school where lab technicians were training. Everyday at lunch a bunch of girls would come out and get into a brand new convertible to go to lunch... a 1954 green Cheverolet Bel Air convertible to be exact. Well, I don't know if it was the girls or the convertible but this situation had those medical students enthralled.
Looking at it I can see why, what a beauty...

Oh and yes, she was too...

One day, the pretty young driver left her keys in the car. Dad and his 'brothers' decided that moving the car behind the fraternity house would be funny. And so it was that the girls popped out about noon as usual for lunch expecting to hop into the car, when to their shock they found it gone! Can you imagine? Since dad and the 'brothers' were not subtle at all in their laughter and thought themselves quite the pranksters, it did not take the ladies long to surmise who the culprits were.

Thus, the pretty brunette walked over to the fraternity house and informed my father and his comrades in a steady voice laced with southern charm that her vehicle had better be returned post haste or it would be necessary for her to call the police. Of course, they quickly lead her to the car and that was that, for a while... However, Charleston was not so large then as it is today, and so dad and the pretty young brunette continued to see each other from time to time.

As dad told the story his eyes lit up...he recalled my mother's beauty, her other beaus, their courtship... it was almost as if I could see the street in Charleston, the frat house, mother's flirtatious looks and hear the laughter of his irreverent frat brothers.

So it was as I listened to my dad speak of a time gone by... a simpler time in many respects and relived with him that moment in time. It was bittersweet as I caught a glimpse of these two people that I had only known as parents for now I saw them in an entirely different light, a young man and a young woman in love...

Me and Mom 1959

And I felt sad. Sad that time slips past us so quickly and quietly. Sad that it is while we are living, loving and working so hard, that he sneaks past... that while our heads are bowed in concentration he dances by, carrying the ones we love with him. Sad that we will look up one day from a hard days work to find that the world has changed, that people are gone and we are left telling tales...

I love you, Daddy, thank you for sharing this beautiful story with me.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Baby Boy...

There was a boy,
the youngest one,
Tough was he,
the baby son.

Fast as lighting, 
curious too,
A sweet, sweet child
With nothing new.

Hand me downs,
friends big and small,
Brothers, sisters,
He loves them all.


He will give to you, 
the shirt off his back.
While, basketball skills
he does not lack.

A story spinner,
for a laugh or two.
A leader among peers,
This is true.

Almost grown,
almost a man.
Ian Gresham,
we're your #1 fans!

We love you, Ian.
Happy 18th!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Organization...Not required but suggested

Organization to help 'fix' your life! 


Organizing ourselves is one of the most important keys to productivity.
 However, arranging ourselves and our lives can be quite a task, depending on the number of things that are on your plate! 

Long before I was a nursing instructor, 
I was a home educator with six children, each with a busy life of their own. 
On my plate, I had a job, schoolwork for my degree, schoolwork for the kids, a sick mother, a daughter's wedding, pets, houses, bills, broken cars, and 'a partridge in a pear tree' ...

 I know that I was not then, and am not now, unique in this level of chaos. It seems to invade all  our lives. Thus, organizing has always been a personal quest.

Most students have a great deal on their plates, as do many teachers. 
While this opportunity to create is what drives me as an educator, it seems that there are pieces of me divided between many people, places and things. 

Although it seems I spend a great deal of time in the quest for organization, 
I often feel scattered and unorganized.  
My mind is constantly going and going like the Energizer Bunny, 
but on the outside I probably resemble this bunny a bit more.

Wouldn't it be great to be so organized at the end of the day 
that even if I didn't get everything done (imagine that?), 
at least everything would 'stay put' in a holding pattern somewhere, 
along with everything else, 
until I decided to pick it up again?

this would help me be able to turn my brain off 
to sleep and relax for awhile... 
(pending I find time to sleep or relax awhile!). 

So, I am once again on an organizational mission, 
only now it seems much more complicated in this digital age.

but what if the very thing which seems to make life even more complicated, 
the digital age, 
could help me? 

Virtually speaking,
 what if I had a place where the random thoughts were organized?
A place where I can put them down, 
as well as, 
pick them up whenever I desire without  'losing' them. 

Well, I am hoping that Evernote and Getting Things Done (GTD) will help with this. 
Here is a video about both these two things. Cute; but does it work? 
We shall see...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sasquatch... and other miracles...

As the kids and Pop watch yet another episode of "Finding Bigfoot", 
I secretly realize that I have seen one of these creatures up close and personal. 
As a matter of a fact, it happened not so long ago. 
Although at the time the circumstances were pretty intense, 
everyone involved was calm.

As I recollect, it was over the Christmas holidays, 
on a Thursday afternoon at 2:45pm exactly. 
Everyone was plumb tuckered out from a pretty long night, 
but I remember it as if it were yesterday. 
Poised beside my daughter, I looked up to see... 
my newest grandson enter the world at 10 lb 9 oz. and 23 inches long! 

He was then and is now, if I do say so myself, 

Congratulations to the newlyweds, 
as I continue to call them, despite their five year marriage. 
Life will never again be planned and perfect. 
No, instead it will be much, much better. 
It will be messy, fun and surprising! 

For with the birth of a child comes the sweet joy of seeing the world again as if it is new...

Welcome, little big man; 
your presence brings a new sweetness to our grown up world! 
May God bless you always.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Warning: Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder...

A colleague sent this to me a while back. 
It was uncanny the resemblance this vingette bore to my thought processes and life.
Age activated attention deficit disorder...
this is serious folks!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Letting the cat out of the bag...

Please forgive Mops who has been remiss in posting for quite some time!

 Turns out my first year of teaching nursing has been consuming to say the least ... 

It has also been inspiring, fun, enlightening, and arduous.

 But most and best of all, this year has been fulfilling. 

this is good. 

Above is a picture of 'kitty' Lavender cuddled in one of my purses. 

I guess I best get started letting the cat out of the bag...