Good morning! I hope you had a good time over the Labor Day holiday, with time to re-connect with family and also time to re-connect with yourself. Life can get so busy we can lose sight of what’s really important. Family is SO important to me, and I’ve been blessed with a really great one. My husband and I spent the weekend in Indiana, celebrating my uncle’s 85th birthday with my mother, my brother and his family, and a host of cousins. I cherish my memories of Indiana and my wonderful childhood adventures there. Here’s a poem by Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley that reminds me of my own ‘fairy paradise’ when I was young:
The Child-World--long and long since lost to view--
A Fairy Paradise!--
How always fair it was and fresh and new--
How every affluent hour heaped heart and eyes
With treasures of surprise!
Enchantments tangible: The under-brink
Of dawns that launched the sight
Up seas of gold: The dewdrop on the pink,
With all the green earth in it and blue height
Of heavens infinite:
The liquid, dripping songs of orchard-birds--
The wee bass of the bees,--
With lucent deeps of silence afterwards;
The gay, clandestine whisperings of the breeze
And glad leaves of the trees.
O Child-World: After this world--just as when
I found you first sufficed
My soulmost need--if I found you again,
With all my childish dream so realised,
I should not be surprised.
What special memories do you have of your childhood? Take time today to reach out to a relative that was special to you then and let them know how much you love them!