Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Optimism


In the news, they keep finding dead women; the bank and stock market crises are dashing hopes; my candidate is reneging on important issues. I have a breakfast scheduled with the board and a potential associate minister and the cleaning service cancels. My ex brother-in-law loses his job of 25 years in an industry that is dying and my brother and his family are facing several serious health issues.

In spite of it all, I feel optimistic this morning. I make our lunch: salad with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and mozzarella cheese and it looks beautiful in the plastic container. The rain has made everything outside my windows lush and green. My dad is feeling better from a bad cold. Last night, I worked on an old memoir piece and realized how far my writing has come since I first wrote it, and I'm still high about that today. On my way to work I ride by a friend's house and see her young children standing in the driveway with an elderly neighbor, listening intently, even lovingly it looks to me, to what she is saying to them. I smile.

Today, I'll ride on the optimism, turn off the news, and keep looking around for the small things that add up to a good day.

6 comments:

Peggy Payne said...

Lovely! I like especially the two kids and the old person, can really see them. I feel buoyed.

mamie said...

Thanks, Peggy. That word--"buoyed"--always stumps me. And I'm a boat person!

pretty how town said...

what a stunningly beautiful picture. wow.

mamie said...

Thanks, Audrey. Are y'all hanging in there? Got you on my mind.

G Liz said...

Audrey??? I love the name Audrey! It's my baby sister's name...and not a very common one these days. :-)

Mamie...your words and photography always move me. Especially this posting.

mamie said...

Gina, Audrey is my niece and a wonderful person. As are you! And I'm glad you're feeling better. Clean, inside out!