“Run faster!” she rasped and collapsed.
I’ve been eating too much since arriving here last Wednesday. Every day I’ve eaten meals to the point of discomfort. And there was always dessert. Which means I overstuffed my face and then indulgently ate some more. I generally gain a few pounds every time I visit my family here in NY. It is quite unavoidable. A fact of my life.
But no worries! Once I return home my diet will return to more regular (for me) proportions. It will also be healthier as I will not be consuming dozens of cookies, chocolate covered fruits and pretzels, brownies, and sodas. I will also discontinue eating such bountiful servings of meat and white carbohydrates. It might be a bit sad though.
After sitting through La La Land and scanning positive yelp reviews I insisted my local friend take me to Griffith Observatory despite the gloomy forecast. Apparently, dreary clouds and drizzling skies are atypical of LA. If the movies are anything to go by, this must be true. On the bright but less sunny side, the recent rains had cut the drought and painted a livelier geography than the usual dusty colors.
We spent a good couple hours perusing the museum, selectively reading fun facts, and watching the free exhibits. I discovered that I only weigh about 20 pounds on our moon. The museum is worth the visit on a sunnier day and clearer night to take advantage of the solar and Zeiss telescopes.
By the time we thought it should be dark enough to see the night city lights we glanced outside…and witness the heavens crying. I stepped out into the rain to see what I could. It wasn’t much and we decided it was time to head out. I had missed the famous night cityscape. I still took pictures on our way to the car.
The thick ethereal mist clouded out the horizon and gave our downhill drive a sense of adventure!
It was a fun trip especially because of the friends I was with. But the hazy view and the Getty Center are both solid reasons for me to return to LA one day.
We spent the morning driving around town hunting for the best supplies for the casket spray. We traveled back and forth between A.C.Moore and Michaels and Wegmans and Creative Florist and Costco to find the right supplies. Pro tip: buy your flowers at Costco. We gathered all our roses there and the rest of the flowers and supplies were from everywhere else.
I rarely bring home anything from those crafty stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Occasionally I will waltz inside one to feel inspired by the creative possibilities they display. Today I saw fairy garden figurines and they immediately sent my mental gears into fanciful motion. As I surveyed the shelves of mushroom houses and packaged miniatures, I imagined how the world would feel and look like when walking in the hypothetical shoes of a tiny garden fairy.
For my Great Aunt:
Sometimes a friend, the closest one you have, leaves you and it will be a long time before you see him again. At first, you might forget for a moment that he is gone and expect him to walk into the kitchen to ask about dinner. But he doesn’t and so you remember. That’s when you feel the heavy stones nestled in your chest. Your heart feels suffocated and in danger of arrest. Then, in traumatic upheavals, a staggering storage of salt water drains out, drains you. It’s not until enough pressure is relieved that you can stop, if only for a second or two.
And in that brief interval, you might receive unsolicited comfort. By an act of mercy you know he is asleep. Though you miss the warmth of him beside you, a transcending peace enters your grief. Joy seeps through in the midst of suffering because of grace. Because you know that almost two millennia ago another man was able to drink the heavy cup. And because you know that your best friend is finally home with his good Father.
At the passing of a young Great Uncle, I remember that very little in life is guaranteed. Even heaven and earth may pass away so what is there in this world that will remain?
The roots of how we celebrate Valentine’s day may be sketchy, but I’m all for observing love in its myriad forms!