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Happy Friday friends!!
Today, our Friday Five is about YOU….and if your life were a map, well….
1. What is beyond your boundaries? I will probably never visit countries in Asia, because I cannot abide the idea of squatting over a hole constituting a toilet. Also I’m afraid I would fall in. Actually I’m sure of it. I missed this chance when I was young and wanted to go to India. Ah well.
2. Where are the cities or neighborhoods that need “redevelopment” or attention? I’m happy to report that I made it back to the Y this week. I feel so good. Depression is a weird thing, I know what helps, but when I’m depressed, I can’t muster the energy to do what helps. Very glad that I’m on the other side, this time.
3. What are the verdant valleys? I’ve been reading a lot, it’s good, it centers me in an aspect of my identity that is old & familiar, a version of me I like. My piano lessons are going well. I always think I don’t practice enough; my teacher always writes Excellent on my little assignment notebook. Some weeks she adds an exclamation point. This week she said, do you realize how much more quickly you’re learning pieces than you used to? No, I was just obsessing about how I’m still not good enough to play in front of people (my not-so-secret dream is to be able to play hymns for worship, in case we need a sub, or if my next church is so small it can’t afford a musician, and I am definitely not there yet). I love my piano teacher. Practice is prayer.
4. Where are the deserts? Kathy & I both are feeling trapped in jobs from which we’re ready to move on. Much is good, we know that. We love Muskegon. We are simply in a profoundly in-between place, and we’ve been there for a while, and since I generally understand God in hindsight, we don’t know yet what we’re learning by still being here, putting a roof on a house on which we owe more than it is worth.
5. Where is the hidden treasure? I called my mom this Wednesday. We hadn’t spoken for a few weeks, my dad’s birthday was last Saturday, I’ve been thinking about her a lot. We had a very pleasant conversation. We kinda ran out of things to talk about, but I said, when the weather breaks, we’ll figure out meeting for lunch or something, and she said, that’ll be nice. And we both meant it. I miss my dad. Recently I had my first dream about him, he was still alive, I was young, it was simple, we were having dinner or something. I woke up very content. It’s such a weird blessing that his illness and death has yielded a better relationship with my mom.
BONUS! Where is the coolest place you have been on the globe? I’m lucky to have traveled some, largely due to my parents’ epic national park camping vacations. I have not yet been to the Grand Canyon. I generally think of Lake Louise first, I’ve posted pictures of that before but here’s another one:
This looks retouched, but it really is that beautiful, breathtaking. Other water places spring to mind: Niagra Falls, Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula, Multnomah Falls in Oregon (part of a string of waterfalls in the Cascade Mountains). The Tower of London was pretty cool, as was that beautiful castle, Neuschwanstein, in Germany. Kathy and I went to Maine last fall, Acadia National Park was lovely.