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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by Jody on May 11, 2014

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Dean K. Miller, author of And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete.

 A Mother’s Patience

A mother’s patience is one of her most under-appreciated traits. It starts at the moment of her son’s conception, as she is the first to know that life has been created inside her. Though her love for the unborn child is strong and the bond of motherhood already formed, she must wait nine months to hold this unique miracle.

"Someday her son will become aware of the love, the nurturing, and the guiding."

“Someday her son will become aware of the love, the nurturing, and the guiding.”

She watches as he grows, withstanding sleepless nights of nightmares, his stuffy noses, tantrums and the scrapes and bruises. Someday her son will become aware of the love, the nurturing, and the guiding. And, finally, of the letting go. But she knows it is on his schedule, not hers.

As he spreads his wings and explores the world, the mother continues to wait. Whether it’s late-night phone calls, listening to girlfriend troubles, the lack of money or the feeling of not knowing where to go in life, she is there when called upon. Patiently she watches him, knowing in her heart that the choices are his, and sometimes wishing he would choose differently.

But wisdom, learned perhaps from her own mother, has taught her that the journey is not hers to take. Patiently, she watches from afar, understanding that life will teach her son the lesson he needs at the exact moment he needs it.

When he calls to express his frustration, she doesn’t try to undo the lesson, but instead helps her son capture the learning.

Then, the moment she has waited for arrives. The son has discovered the true source of his inner self and joyfully returns to her doorstep. With patience she listens to the moments of his life that brought him happiness. Subtly, she encourages his story to unfold, laughing silently at his follies and smiling brightly at his courage to face his fears. He tells her things he has told no one and knows his words are protected and safe.

Though it has taken decades, the bond of mother and son has grown to include a friendship which knows no equal.

Now they walk through life together, knowing their love between them transcends all boundaries. It is everlasting and it makes them smile.

Thank you, Mom, for allowing me to grow into myself, for patiently waiting all of these years for it to happen, and for accepting me each day along my journey. You are the magic behind the story of my life.

Thank you, Mom!

Thank you, Mom!

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And Then I Smiled

And Then I Smiled

About the author: Dean K Miller is a freelance writer living in Loveland, CO. His work has appeared in Chicken Soup of the Soul: Parenthood, Torrid Literature Journal IV: MidlifeCollage.com and other online and print magazines. He returns to the beach and wets his toes as often as possible. Read more at: www.deankmiller.com.

“A Mother’s Patience” is included in Dean’s new book, And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete, available from Hot Chocolate Press.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Posted by Jody on June 15, 2013

A Walk With My Grandpa

A Walk With My Grandpa

“A grandchild is God’s reward for raising a child.”
~ Bill Cosby

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Happy Father’s Day wishes to each and every Daddy!

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Travel Theme: Pathways

Posted by Jody on May 25, 2013

Lincoln City, Oregon

Lincoln City, Oregon

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
~Henry David Thoreau

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This week’s Travel Theme from Where’s My Backpack? is Pathways.

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Thanksgiving Thoreau

Posted by Jody on November 23, 2012

On the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon.

I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual…
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

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