November 20, 2007

Please note.  An email snafu prevented me from receiving this column until today...Katrina

Remember my wish list? Seems there is a movie coming out called "The Bucket List." It stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It's about two men who are at the end of their lives and dealing with illness. According to them there are things to do before they die and they have to cross each item off their list.

Well I have that list of dreams that I am working on. This past week another one of my most amazing dreams came true.  I modeled for a fashion show at the temple.  Our ladies group had "A Paid Up Membership Tea" and asked a few of us to model. They asked ME!!! I was so shocked to be asked that I accepted with flying colors.  It was a lot of fun going for a fitting at the Dress Barn. All of us different ages, shapes and sizes came to together to make this event work. I tried on different outfits and the Dress Barn affiliate helped me find the right outfits and made me look like a super star. The funny thing was that I wasn't nervous. I expected to be a nervous wreck in front of people. And I wasn't. I did the model stance and was met with incredible love. Isn't that what we all need? Love?  So for today, life is great.

Here is a photo.....


It's been an incredible week for ups and downs and ups again. First the Fashion Show.  It's November. Not my favorite month of the year. Both my parents passed away on the same exact day 7 years apart. I've said this before and will say it till the day I die, there isn't a day that goes by that  I do not think of one or both of them. They would have been 91 this year and chances are they would have not been here to enjoy and see all our family has experienced. But losing parents or a parent is just plain difficult. Honestly, one would think if one loses a parent at an older age, it wouldn't hurt as much. However, take it from me, it does.

We were getting ready for our new grandchild to be born and secretly I was hoping the baby would be born on November 21. A way to justify the day I lost my folks. Well, our little darling was born a week earlier and now we have a granddaughter. Her middle name is for my mother. Ms. Anna Pazit was born 11/14/07 weighing in at 7 lbs 6 oz and she is 19 inches long. Two hours after she was born, the Dr's noticed she was struggling to breathe so they put her in NICU. She had an oxygen hood on her which helped and after loads of tests, it turned out the poor kid had pneumonia. Odd for a newborn. I couldn't be more grateful to this hospital for getting her situated and on meds quickly. As it stands now, she will finally be coming home to her home on Monday. Even though her first Thanksgiving will be in the hospital without Turkey, <G> our prayers have been answered and that is the trimming of life. We plan to visit in December and celebrate her. My grandson is finally meeting his sister tomorrow and he made a Build a Bear just for her.

This is the circle of life. Even though some of our loved ones are no longer with us in person, they are always here with us in spirit. I know Pearl and Arnold helped Anna make it through (with a little help from the Drs). I also am so fortunate to have a community of friends online and off who just were there hearing my prayers and extending theirs. During your Thanksgiving meal, whether it's a table of one or a table of 100. Look around and give thanks. Life is what you make of it and Steve and I know how truly blessed we are. 


Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
... Stevie Nicks, c1975

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