Beauty, Family, Family Matters, Life, Love

Pee Po Belly Bum…Drawers?

There are days when I despair for the future of the generations that will come after me.  To be clear, though, today isn't one of them.  This morning, I was gifted a photograph of 98-year-old Auntie Pat, sitting with my three-month-old niece on her lap.  The joy in Pat's face, and the equanimity with which… Continue reading Pee Po Belly Bum…Drawers?

Family, Family Matters, Life, Love, Poetry

“To Her Father with Some Verses”

Most truly honoured, and as truly dear, If worth in me or ought I do appear, Who can of right better demand the same Than may your worthy self from whom it came? The principal might yield a greater sum, Yet handled ill, amounts but to this crumb; My stock's so small I know not… Continue reading “To Her Father with Some Verses”

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Love, Quote of the Day

“Grief is the price we pay for love”–Redux

These words were spoken by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to the family members of those who perished on September 11, 2001. And I’ve often thought she must have been channeling C.S. Lewis at the time: To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.… Continue reading “Grief is the price we pay for love”–Redux

Family Matters, Literature, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day

Cautionary Tales, Both Imaginary and Real

I think back on my early childhood sometimes, and regard it as something of a miracle that I survived to adolescence, let alone adulthood.  No child car seats.  No seat belts.  In fact, my fondest childhood "car" memory is of sitting on the front bench seat next to my Daddy, at about the age of… Continue reading Cautionary Tales, Both Imaginary and Real

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Friendship, War

(Not) His Last Post: Boss Mongo, RIP

Regular readers here (thank you!) may have noticed that I've been signaling a bit of distress the last couple of days. That's because a dear friend, a virtual friend, a person I've never met, someone I didn't "know," IRL, but who (as they used to say about Princess Diana) I'm pretty sure knew me, died… Continue reading (Not) His Last Post: Boss Mongo, RIP

Family, Family Matters, Quote of the Day

Bequeathing a Spirit of Reverence

Those of you who can legitimize the quote mentioned in the title (which is supposed to come from Plato’s Meno), please have at it.  I can’t authenticate it.  However, the spirit of “bequeathment” is entirely appropriate for what I’m about to say, so I’m going with it. “Pity. Pity he never had any children.” And… Continue reading Bequeathing a Spirit of Reverence

Family, Family Matters, Love, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day

The Last “First”

A few months ago, on the occasion of 2021's Easter Sunday, I wrote a Ricochet post called "First Easter," in which I reflected on the fact that, following the death of a loved one, there's an inevitable year, 365 days, of "firsts."  It begins thus: I learned, many years ago, that when a loved one… Continue reading The Last “First”

Family Matters, Quote of the Day

Summer Daze

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery Eventually, quite boring, I expect.  But I do understand the sentiment.  Even though we’re sweltering here in the mid-90s at the moment, with humidity almost as high, and I’ve assumed my English “summer privilege,” which… Continue reading Summer Daze

Family, Family Matters, Friendship, Love, Quote of the Day

Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes

Into each life, some rain must fall. But not into ours. Our lives are where the garbage is delivered. — Jenny Today (June 10) is Jenny's birthday.  And so I repost this, in her honor, and that of the occasion. Ever have one of those days, weeks, months, years, decades, when it seems as though… Continue reading Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes