I think of Peaches, Peanuts, Jimmy Carter, Bull Dogs John Meyers, Charlie Daniels and Gone with the Wind.
I read Gone with Wind with Jack laying beside me all summer in Hollywood California in 2004. He was drinking milk, while I drank up all the southern dialogue capture with a pen. It was an astonishing read….getting through such a “big book” is one of my “up town” accomplishments. I am an avid reader, well was, until I traded pages in for moving characters called my kids! Well worth the trade, but I do miss the quiet times journeying inside someone else’s head.
“If you don’t care what folks says
about this family, I does.I has told ya and told ya that you
can always tell a lady by the way she
eats in front of folks like a bird, and I ain’t aimin’ for you to go to Mr. John Wilkerson’s
and eat like a field hand
and gobble like a hog!”
I bring up reading because as I look outside my window this morning the rain is falling and the pine trees are cascading above our house. Many pine trees cascading above our house. I had no idea there were so many pine trees in Georgia. Tall, thin and seemingly fragile. I am petrified for the spring storms to come rolling through. I look up and keep imagining one of these pine trees come crashing down on the “blue” house! Thank god we rent!
There is nothing more I would LOVE to do right now than to start a really good book. But I can’t. I won’t. I have much more commanding things to assist to. For the second time in six months we, Matt, Jack and I are having to file for due process with our school system. Due Process is a HALT to Jack’s IEP (Individual Educational Program) provide by the all public schools for children with special needs who attend school with needs of special/direct services and accommodations. I have to say Tennessee was a breeze compared to Georgia! It has been nothing short the definition of “injustice’. Waiving “we are the school and we have a magic wand to do what ever we want” wand is NOT how a child’s IEP should be worked with. Jack has rights, very clear, very strong protecting rights, we will advocate til their wand is blown up into tiny little pieces.
Enough about that…I am posting this morning to try to get my mind off such happenings. I am trying to ‘zen out’ if you will.
I am working on centering myself and keeping all this craziness in perspective. Life is all about that one thing word isn’t it? Perspective. What a powerful thought. If and when you are spinning out of control with thoughts and fears and worries –try placing your thoughts on ONLY what REALLY matters in life. LOVE, HEALTH, & HAPPINESS. These words are what hold us together. These are the words that sew us up in our human clothes.
All these worries and fears that often take over the mind are silly little accessories we “choose” to wear on any given day.
Not everyday can be either or. Some days are diamonds, somedays coal.
Somedays we WILL wear these silly accessories simply because of our “human ” nature. But it doesn’t mean we don’t notice the beauty of our bare skin.