September 27, 2009
There are some things that money can’t buy!
With credit card companies hiking up interests rates, it is important that I get this right. There are some things that money can’t buy! Yesterday, my Aunt Linda and I had a discussion about our need to pay off credit card debt and to enjoy the simple pleasures of life that are free but priceless.
This morning I write from my patio swing enjoying the stillness. I have waited for hot summer mornings to mellow into cool, crisp ones so I can enjoy my yard once again. This stretch of time from the end of September, when the weather mellows, until November’s chilliness descends is one of my favorite times of the year.
So as I sit and write, I think, “What are some of the things that money cannot buy? One comes right to mind: sitting on the patio visiting with my family!
Our family gathered together for my daughter’s “Going Away Party.” She leaves for Asia soon.
My daughter, Elya, holding her new cousin, Stephen, while rocking him to sleep on the patio swing is priceless and free!
Last night I was going through my pictures when I came across ones I labeled “Rose Snow Cones.” The clashing of seasons intrigued. My stubborn roses refused to stop blooming in spite of the changing season.
How often I am just like those roses. I want to continue in some pursuit long after it is intended to end. Money cannot buy such beauty and important life lesson.
Soon, winter days will force the patio swing to be empty again. Yet, I will cherish these precious memories and pictures. I chose to slow down long enough to enjoy my family; something money can’t buy!
September 23, 2009
My world seems to be spinning forward at an unprecedented pace lately. In just one week’s time, my youngest daughter leaves for fourteen months in Asian. She will volunteer in a Cambodian school, travel throughout Southeast Asia, and then teach English in South Korea for a year. As I prepare to say goodbye, my own youthful past flashes in memory. Thirty years ago, I also left my homeland and family to live overseas.
Only now can I fully understand my own mother’s pain as she wept in my arms before we parted. Even anticipating my daughter’s departure makes me cry. Fourteen months is a very long time and Southeast Asia is a very far away place.
This past summer has been glorious spending swatches of time with Elya. We sit together talking and creating for hours. She is an inspiration to me in so many ways; her approach to life is full of adventure and yet so contemplative. After viewing my newly created blog, she designed her own. I marvel at the artistic flair she portrays unique to only her.
In the midst of this madness of saying good bye, my other daughter finishes reading the first manuscript I intend to self-publish soon. The theme is creativity and how fitting that one of the most artistic people I know has granted me the honor of reading through the many pages. Andy and I became kindred spirits ten years ago when I started dating her father and our bond has only increased over the years.
Yes, one daughter leaves while the other finishes my first book. The manuscript will go to a professional editor soon in order to become a bound book. I will continue to write and process my life seemingly spinning forward at an unprecedented pace.
Welcome to the world of JoDee Luna! I look forward to joining the blogging community in hopes of meeting other aspiring writers and artists with similar interests. I also desire to share my artistic hobbies and chronicle my path towards publishing.
Perhaps my reflections will warm a few hearts along the way. Trying to pause long enough to highlight life’s nuances so often passed over while I rush around