One evening last week while we were clearing up after dinner together, Larry pulled his head out of the pantry (where his cookies hide) and cheerfully commented, "You make my life so pleasant." "Aww, thank you Larry! What a nice thing to say."
I've thought about that off and on since then. That kind little offhand remark made me feel like gold. You know the feeling? When someone says something small in a complimentary way, but your heart hears it as if it were a proclamation...it just makes your world seem ripe with juiciness and meaning.
A couple nights ago I was restless and couldn't sleep, so I got up and wrote poetry. Here's the poem that was born of that pleasant comment and a 2 a.m. meeting at the computer keyboard...
It began to come together at the age where
Merry-go-round living jumps the tracks
With the gold ring in hand.
Ripe, yet new, it commenced,
The second flowering of a life in music,
The blush of a being a bride again,
The opening up of new doors of thought
Brought into view by an eclectic husband who stole my heart
And championed new forays into culinary arts, poetry, travel,
While exploring meridians beyond work
Or laundry days and ways.
A different, elegant light began to glow,
Multi-hued, enhanced by conversationed journeys,
Grandbabies being born,
Wrestling new difficulties in times of economic uncertainty,
While pulsing through
Savory moments at home alone or guest-festooned,
Ups and downs of living accompanied by people, places,
And unexpected opportunities to shine.
Tottering on a precipice, a pinnacle of juicy existence
Can be a defining moment that just is,
Not something well-rehearsed or planned out.
This gilding of years makes up and coming days
Look hopeful, appetizing, rewarding.
It was a gift really, this second-phase-of-life convergence,
Wreathing me with a breath of fresh air
At the starting gate in another round
On God’s good earth.
© 2014 Nancy Gerst
Thoughts inspired while counting the ways my husband has made my life so rich and beautiful.
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The Four Seasons - Vivaldi - 42 minutes of joy
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
Life Is Beautiful - Moments that Matter Most
Beautiful Moments - Cecilia Bartolli - an hour of beautiful arias. Larry and I enjoyed listening to her while we dined in the days of our courtship.