Things I Know Right Now

These things I know right now:
  • As much as I love this warm weather, love wearing my sandals and short sleeves, love sitting on the back porch with a book, love seeing the lacy white blossoms on the trees, I know that it’s much too early for spring to be here to stay, and that a sad reckoning is probably going to befall us somewhere down the line.
  • As much as I enjoy playing bells with Classical Bells, as much as I’m impressed with the abilities of my fellow musicians, as much as I’m gratified by my ability to learn and grow in just a few short weeks, I know that I cannot keep playing with them as a regular member, because the schedule is simply too brutal.
  • As much as I love pretty things, like two carat cushion cut diamond rings or bronze and crystal sconces to hang on the walls and fill with sweet scented candles, I know that sometimes homely things like my Viking 30” dchw 30421 cookstove are more special because they play such a huge part of my everyday life.
  • As much as I wish we could have kept our home in Florida, as much as I felt that quiet place was my sanctuary from all that was harsh and cold in the world, as much as I was vain about furnishing that house from top to bottom and how pretty it looked, I know that in order to move on with our lives and have a secure future, we have to let it all go.
  • As much as I wish I never had to say goodbye to people I love, as much as I want to keep everyone I care about safe and secure and happy, as much as I want to shelter everyone dear to me and protect them from every harm, I know that life and death are inescapably intertwined and nothing stays the same forever.

What do you know?


8 thoughts on “Things I Know Right Now

  1. I know that it is wise to never sink into the joy of an early spring because you will be reminded that weather has its own plan (says the woman who three days ago wore shorts and today is wearing a wool sweater.) I know that as much as I don’t understand why young people get challenging illnesses, they happen and all we can do is help. I know that I’m happiest when I’m home with the people (and Gypsy) I love and that those moments are to be cherished. I know that life can turn on a dime and I’ve seen that happen too much — it’s my responsibility to live mine as well and productively and has happily as I can, paying it forward. And I know that friends are the family I choose for myself and they are irreplaceable.

  2. I thought spring was here and then woke to frigid weather this morning and in the thirties again tonight. Everything you write here is true, sadly.

  3. I know I’m pretty darned blessed. This morning I gave $5 to a tidy woman in tee shirt and jeans who was standing at a corner down by the grade school with a sign that said, “Single Mom Working 2 Jobs Needs $20 to help with Gas ’til End of Month”

    I hope she got $50.

  4. that’s a rather sad post

    as much as I fear it, I know my parent’s healthy is steadily becoming problematic and I don’t really know yet how I should handle that

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