Its going to be a busy month:
In November we DO birthdays.
Our 4 children were born in November - 3, 5, 10 and 27th.
When they were young there were lots of cakes made - one for each - and ONE big party.
A circus one year with a pony, an antique firetruck the year we lived in Chapel Hill. The firemen loved to bring it to parties and ride the kids around the area. Lots of fun -
Then - - as could be expected - as they got older - each wanted a party of their own - and the parties became smaller and smaller - - ah - - - that's how it goes.
Thinking back - I have to admit - Jim and I probably enjoyed "putting on" those parties as much - maybe more - than the kids.
Mid-month we go to North Carolina for my niece's wedding. My youngest sister's only daughter. Probably the last one of the "larger" family to get married.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone -
meeting the new babies born during this last year
and just catching up.
Mostly I want to be in North Carolina for a few days -
to feel that red clay under my feet - -
to hear those familiar accents - -
to water my roots.
56 years ago I boarded the Southerner and rode that train all night to Baltimore to start my new life at Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing.
Never dreaming I really would start a new life.
This year I have entered my 75th year.
Thinking a lot these days about the roads I have traveled,
the stories I have lived
and want to tell.
Hatching a plan for winding
- like Ariadne -
back along the path that led me away -
to retrace my steps
telling old stories and gathering new ones.