Apr 21 2014

In the Mailbag – April 17, 2014

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In the Mailbag

 

Following is one of the several thoughtful comments we received in response to Gloria’s article “Sad Reminders of the Uncertainty of Life” which appeared in our last newsletter.

 

Gloria,

Saddened to hear of the passing of those 2 friends of yours.

Throughout the trials and tribulations of my life, I have always kept a poem uppermost in my mind. A poem entitled “Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon:

Take care…

Wayne S.

Otherwise

I got out of bed

on two strong legs.

It might have been

otherwise. I ate

cereal, sweet

milk, ripe, flawless

peach. It might

have been otherwise.

I took the dog uphill

to the birch wood.

All morning I did

the work I love.

 

At noon I lay down

with my mate. It might

have been otherwise.

We ate dinner together

at a table with silver

candlesticks. It might

have been otherwise.

I slept in a bed

in a room with paintings

on the walls, and

planned another day

just like this day.

But one day, I know,

it will be otherwise.

     ~ Jane Kenyon

And, in response to the video of Paul dancing in the park from our February newsletter:

Hey Guys,

As always, I enjoyed ya’lls newsletter. I don’t think I’ve seen such a big smile on your face before, Gloria. Apparently, having a baby monkey on top of your head makes you very happy! A beautiful thing.

Paul, I knew we had more in common than a gift for gab (well, you more than me) and a love of Spanish: I, too, danced at the same park about a year ago, tho’ did not get it on video and I think the same man was running the class. I will never forget the old dude who took a shine to me (no other way to put it)who danced my damn legs off once we were paired up. He had obviously gussied himself up for the day with a starched, collared shirt neatly tucked into slacks with a skinny little belt (his waist was probably smaller than mine has ever been) and neatly shaved and cologned (don’t think that is a verb). But, you could tell, he was having the best ever time as was everyone (including me) and he was so reluctant to let me go (I was exhausted way before him), but I couldn’t keep up the pace…But it was great fun and for me, anyway, totally spontaneous and a highlight of that particular weekend! Good to see you enjoyed it also.

Mariana L.

If you missed the video, here it is for your viewing pleasure:

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