July 1, 2011
Just think. Six months from this day will be New Year’s Day! We are exactly half way through this year. What an astonishing thought!
I visited my ophthalmologist yesterday. When I checked out, the girl at the desk gave me a card with the date of my next appointment on it. It read January 23, 2012. Seeing next year's date on my very next appointment card was a bit of a shock!
My youngest granddaughter’s birthday was yesterday. I was there to welcome her when she came into the world twelve years ago. Remembering the tiny six pound, seven ounce infant and looking at her now – a beautiful young lady – boggles the mind! It seems like only months ago. It was. 144 of them!
When my grandmother died, a letter she’d written to her daughter was read at her funeral. In it, she reminisced about her life, emphasizing her love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Near the end, she remarked about how quickly the years had passed and wistfully said, “It all seems like a dream – a beautiful dream!”
I thought her letter was “sweet” at the time, but now that I’m in the autumn of my years with the cold winds of winter breathing down my neck, I understand that it was much more than that. It was her way of turning the sadness of her last days into something memorable for those she loved.
And I realize, too, that my life also seems very much like a dream – a beautiful dream!