In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “By the Dots.”
We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!
Punctuation! Puncuation!….The Daily Prompt wants me to talk about Puncuation!!!!!!!! What the …….. It’s so grody.:>; And the wordpress application has a non-functional spell check@##*&@!@#&^ To the max!!! No punctionation here, I want to talk about is personality quirks!!!!!! And Parties, great parties. Like hit me with a spoon!!!!
I did have a party last weekend — a renaisance party. Not a costume party like the annual faires one can attend all over the country or at least all over southern california. Nope, one to recognize all the changes in my life. Yep, I took care of my mid-lie crisis with a party. It all started on a dark and lonely road, months ago………..Coming home from Liz’s graduation with plans to attend several more graduation ceremonies……
Having three girls graduate and move into totally new lifes without Mom hit me hard. Yes, that’s what every parent wants, a kid successful enough to make choices, act on them, and live with the consequences. Hopefully with excitement, joy, and passion: but at least competent enough to take care of themselves. All three of my girls did that with great panache. I am so proud of all of them. Maggie has a new job, a great significant other, and all kinds of opportunities in Baltimore. Liz just startedher PhD at Akron, Ohio; she seems to be thriving. And Kate has mapped out a great plan for becoming a school teacher while working as a music teacher and living with Grandmother. All three of them represent the best of life. They have hope, optimism, and joy in thier futures. And I’m left behind.
That’s not bad. Bob and I have lots of time to do fun things with minimal responsibilities. The hard work is done. But the house seemed big and empty. And there were lots of challenges — money with a new set of school bills and a new car; problem neighbors; changes in my work environment; climate change with the hot weather this summer; family; hobbies; and more –we chances to revaluate everything in our lives. The common name for this is empty nest syndrome. I hate that name. Because that implies an end with no future. Renaisance is a much better name. We have a new start as well. The question is what is important to Bob and I? What do we want to do with our time? Over the last few months, we’ve been questioning lots of things. Do we want to move and if yes, where to? Do we have enough money for retirement? What hobbies do we want to pursue? How close do we want to live near family and what part of the family?
So I came up with the brainy idea of having a celebration for our changes in life. Bob and I deserved a party just like the ones we (the whole family) pulled together for the all the graduation ceremonies last spring. And the planning begun. Bob decided he wanted a toy — a new IPAD — instead of a party for himself. That was fine, but I wanted a party. Which occured last Sunday.
Went to Artbeat with a few close women friends and family. Food, wine or other beverages, music, and art–how can it get better. Kate provided the music. But since she is under 21, she had to play out on the sidewalk with a speaker piping the music into the art gallery. Turned out great and she even got a lot of tips (plus the money I promised to pay her and will later this week). Brought lots of food that no one touched, opened a tab at the bar, and we all settled down to painting wine glasses. The party was great fun and I feel content. A new life is starting, full of opportunity and possible joy. It’s up to me to make something of if.
And I will. What, is not yet clear. But I am planning on couple more trips to Europe. Have several good books to write. Want to remodel my house into something good for multiple generations. Will be taking lots more art classes and doing a lot more sailing with Bob. And of course, a lot more posts to write on the blog. Even about topics as boring as bad punctuation. So lets make a toast for the future–may there be many adventures in our lives! And may we all enjoy reading or writing about the good and bad of adventures afterwards! May we look forward to tomorrow with optimism and hope! And may the gods smile down on us with their blessings without getting too close and tangling us in their politics!
I look forward to the next phase in my life.