While I was gardening

The art of gardening and the science of life.

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A few thoughts on a graduation, Mother’s Day, an electric screw driver, and a glass of wine.

Today was a day gifted with emotion – pride, love, joy, and deep appreciation.

Deep appreciation for a beloved young woman who traveled from San Diego to Seattle, and back in one day, to share a most important day with my family.

Joy to have spent this milestone day with people I love so completely – life-long friends, family members, and new friends with young children who share their life with us.

Love from my spouse of many years who gave me the electric screw driver that I have wanted for a long time – a gift that answers needs, wants, and future projects that I will accomplish by my own hand.  I had forgotten that today was Mother’s Day.

And pride.  Pride in my daughter who graduated from university today – my daughter who doubted her abilities, her tenacity, her strengths and gifts.  A young talented woman who enters a challenging and often hostile world equipped with confidence, purpose, and determination.  A young woman who approaches conflict with thoughtful response, who answers harm with compassionate understanding, and who faces struggles with indefatigable perseverance.  In short, a remarkable young adult – beautiful to her core.

And now, at the end of this very hectic weekend, I sit down with a glass of wine and realize that life has never been better.

I wish the same for you.