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Nov
10

today is my birthday

Today is my birthday. For the curious: I am 72 going on 59. Have been through many deep valleys in my time and weathered many storms, even perfect ones like the one at the church that didn’t really want us. Nicks and scratches, bruises and bumps—these are the marks of having risked comfort many times over in order to live an authentic life. I did not acquire this character on my own and it doesn’t come without some anxiety and fear, but it appears to be part of my DNA. I hope I am learning how to carry it more faithfully…more trustfully.

I am a late bloomer in many ways. The first 40 years were preparatory, the following 20 years were rehearsal for the next 10, and those were the refinement for the current now, when the God in me and the me in God enjoy sharing tea together from time to time. I am grateful for this and all the blessings God gives to me. This year I lost an important person—one who called me Mamacita and sometimes, Kimosabe, and made us a family. It was a hard loss. Then God brought a new family to me, complete with two beautiful grandchildren. I did not think I would ever be a grandmother, even a step-grandmother. I didn’t know how much sunshine little kids can bring to a life full of years. Last Sunday my new family came to church with me and then to lunch. The girls made birthday cards for me and we had a lovely time together.

This one is Miss Green’s card. Miss Green has recently turned 9.  Both cards fold in the middle and have little cut-out hinges so they can “stand” on a table (more or less).  Clever Miss Green has included a greeting in Japanese and says that she does not know the greeting in Korean but wishes me a happy birthday…and she likes my drawing. 🙂 Good girl!

Miss Pink’s birthday card (note the coins taped on and the kitty face inside) Miss Pink will turn 6 the day after Thanksgiving. Miss Pink is an ardent admirer of both my art and my cats. Ah, right to my heart. I like your art too…but prefer my cats as they also prefer me. 🙂

These are happy little projects made especially for me. I’m thrilled to have them. Thank you girls. I love you both!!

Thank you readers—for your interest in my writing, experiences, thoughts, opinions….and the art I sometimes add in. Thank you for being there in the forest to hear the tree falling. It does make a sound after all. For many years I didn’t know this.

I have not made many postings lately because I’ve been busy with visual/worship art projects for my little church at the edge of the city. But soon this will be complete and I will have writing time again. I have so much catching up to do both on this blog and on my Drawing Sacred Circles blog. Stay tuned.

But in the meantime, this is me greeting you today.   

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5 Responses to “today is my birthday”


  1. 1 judy
    November 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    A person would have to have at least 70 years worth of experience and exposure to handle a year as full as yours has been.
    Happy B-Day.
    Let’s have cake!

  2. 3 Meg
    November 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Dearest Sister,
    I’m happy with you and happy for you on this special day. It is said, when joy comes…it is a tree of life. May you have many more days and a greater abundance of JOY. You
    wear” it well.
    Love,
    Meg

  3. 4 Anne
    November 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    And p.s. to our earlier conversation….where does the time go? Really it seems like I was just there celebrating 70 with you (or would it have been 57?). Whatever your age, as Meg said, you wear it well.
    Love you

    • 5 Naomi
      November 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      At 70, I may have felt 80! That would have only been 2 years out of chemo and head first into the church debacle where I learned how to be a graceful scapegoat. This year is a new beginning for me. Praise God.


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