1. I still regard air travel with wide-eyed wonder. That we could wake up in Pennsylvania and go to sleep in Oregon is in the realm of miraculous. My favorite part of flying? The thirty seconds before the air leaves the ground…feeling those g-forces, oh yeah!
2. Relaxed brides are a blessing. I quote my niece Faith: All I ever wanted was a Cinderella dress and Gerber daisies. She got that and a whole lot more beauty. Photos (and flowers) by Tiffany, the wedding coordinator. One of the pleasures of playing the piano for weddings is a clear view of the groom’s face as the bride comes down the aisle. This groom’s smile was wider than the Mississippi.
3. Small world stories are more fun than bubble wrap and your very own box of sparklers. We made a rip-roaring, over-the-moon connection this weekend. Our old family friends were in my small town -unaware that I lived here- last summer to see their friends in the region that belong to me too! Did they [mutual friends] know you were a Harper? Um, no, I don’t normally go around announcing my maiden name.
4. Our hotel was next to the cemetery where my niece is buried. Ellie’s journey on earth was too short, one brief day in 1985. A group of us hiked up the hill to see the heart-shaped stone above her grave. I love the impulse of my siblings to mark and share that loss. I wish dear Ellie were still with us.
5. A delightful surprise was an impromptu drum recital (!) given by my sister-in-law, who surely gets the Lifetime Learner Award. At sixty, she’s acted on a desire to learn to play the drums. You know: the whole drum set thing. My brother drops her off for lessons and they have a date night afterward. How cool is that?
6. My sister and her husband made heroic efforts to be with us. Limited mobility and chronic pain are part and parcel of her life. Yet you will never hear her complain. She amazed all of us with her determination and gumption.
check out the story of Jonah and the whale
Also file in the Renewed Intentions File: trip to NYC to see my nephew, an Art History major, for a few days of art museums; The Sturdy Shoes Trip (what my sister-in-law and I call our dream of a children’s literature tour of the UK).