One Year Later

It’s been a year since I’ve been here.

A lot has happened.

I bought a lot of books I still haven’t read.

I wrote articles here and here.

The kids grew up and said cute things. Gabriel calls himself “Geo” and Jane told me I could start a TicTok account because, and I’m quoting directly here, “It’s been around for a long time, so anyone can use it now. Even old people.”

I found a couple of gray hairs.

Birds roosted on the patio lights by the front porch and created a Jackson Pollok pattern on the sidewalk that I don’t feel right about cleaning.

I love owning this house even if it does have a flighty HVAC system.

Jane asked if I was around for the Spanish Flu Pandemic, and if so, what was it like.

She also asked me if I knew that Abraham Lincoln was born in February too (my birth month) and then asked if it was the same year I was born.

Before anyone thinks I’m irritated with my soul-burning 10 year old, I’m not. She says things with a pure honesty that I love, and also in a direct way that hearkens back to the take-no-prisoners spirit of Sophia Patrillo. God knows she’ll need that in life.

And it is my birthday month. I’m solidly in my 40’s now. My newest hobby is trying perfume samples and then yelling “this stink has become one with my skin.” I am older. I am grateful. I’ve discovered the joys of bourbon in tea. I’m still alive.


10 thoughts on “One Year Later

  1. Yup, I was there in the Mabel days and very glad I found you for the next lives you have lived/are living,
    My best to “Geo”, Jane and you. Keep on trucking my friend❤️


  2. Loved seeing this new post pop up in my email. After all the years we have both been blogging, it’s not about frequency anymore for me. It’s just nice to still read the gentle, beautiful way you distill life into this form. Sending you all love.


  3. I’ve missed you too! Please give us an update on what’s been going on with you for the past year! I can’t believe Jane is 10 already!!


  4. I’ve been following you since the early days- so many bumps in the road for both of us and so many happy times. Please keep the blog going again!


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