August 7: I snapped awake as the sky above the forest shimmered orange. I dashed, barefoot and pajamaed, around the corner and down the hall to the east-facing common room where last year I glimpsed a memorable sunrise. The windows were steamy, though, and the view uninspiring. I scooted back to my room. And saw the sun’s fiery ball piercing the trees, perfectly framed and waiting for me from my own room.
August 8: Graceful blue flowers entwined with crabgrass. That’s our lives, right? And the tiny butterfly that landed as I snapped the photo was just God showing off.
August 9: Aren’t sunrises always a delight? Yes, especially when the cacophony of eager birds and frogs contrasts so poetically with my own inner quiet.
August 10: This one was easy. I traveled to New Jersey for a Cousins Reunion. Growing up, we were 18 strong. As the fourth youngest, I thought my cousins were way cooler than a moon walk. So, for eight of us to be gathered today, catching up, hugging, sharing old photos, I felt my years shrink to nothing. Love you, Teresa, Gary, Susan, Kathleen, Donna, Wayne, my sister Dianne and amazing Aunt Wanda, who inspires us still.
August 11: Yes, I’m from New Jersey (the beach, actually), and no, I’d never heard of a Pork Roll. My young NJ friend Kasia smothered her shock and gave me a description. But my brother-in-law John gave me the real thing, at Johnny’s Pork Roll food truck at the Red Bank farmers market. I get the hype. It was awesome.
August 12: Dashing into 7-11 to buy some milk, I was hailed by two young men. “You danced with us,” one said. And I did: at an LGBTQ+ event in the spring. https://wordpress.com/post/fashionedforjoy.com/733 Small towns mean that our delights keep finding us again and again.
August 13: I’m carrying my silent retreat with me in surprising ways. Yesterday and today, several colleagues lingered over my descriptions and expressed their yearning for spiritual quiet. I’m reliving it all. (Delight can be serene too.) The Bon Secours Retreat Center is so close. I hope more people explore its possibilities. https://rccbonsecours.com/