Don’t you just love this picture? I had to grab it off Facebook for myself. It goes along with being kind to yourself, gentle and compassionate. If you’re hard on yourself, it’s going to spill over to everyone else too.
The Texans left yesterday afternoon. It’s always hard to see them go but this time wasn’t so awful. We’ll be at their house in a little over a week. We’re spending both weekends before surgery with the Littles. Then we won’t see them until late April when (hopefully) I’ll be well on the road to recovery from surgery.
A few beach pictures from their last day on the beach. We went to the beach at North Jetty. Lana wanted a shell beach. Calli wanted sand for sand castles. We found the perfect place. The three kids were busy all day running a “sand construction company”. They used their sand shovels for phones and called each other to request sand castles, moats, volcanos and houses. They ordered pails of sand to be delivered (Declan’s job) and discussed new construction areas (too near other people’s blankets…Erin made them move) It was hilarious to watch them. Declan hired me to dig a moat and when I “took a break” after I finished, he wasn’t happy. “But you’re my helper, ” he said. “You work for me. I’m paying you two shells.”
So they’re gone and our main focus from now on is clean up from the invasion and pack for the trip to Texas.
Last night I got together with friends …a group called Dining for Women. It’s a national organization with local chapters. The purpose of the group is to fund projects for women in third world countries, the poorest of the poor. Each month there is a designated recipient who has applied for a grant. We may be helping to provide education for girls in Cambodia or sewing machines for women in the Sudan or cook stoves for families in a village in Mexico. We get together and bring food…best pot luck you can imagine. We visit with each other and learn about the project that month. Then after dinner, each one of us writes a check for about what we would have spent if we had all gone OUT to dinner.
This month’s project is funding to support women in a village in Nepal. A young American woman backpacking in the area fell in love with the children in this village, did some fundraising and started a shelter and school. The next step was to help their moms. Here’ a shocking statistic…the leading cause of death in Nepal for women between the ages of 15 to 50 is suicide. Chilling.
This month’s meeting was especially wonderful for me because I haven’t been to a gathering since October. …so good to see old friends and meet some wonderful new ones. And four of the women had just returned from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia and had a slide show of their trip. It was so clear how moved they were by what they saw….they KNOW our money makes a difference.
I love Dining for Women. God bless Deirdre Christman and Linda Underwood for starting the Venice Chapter. I love what it stands for and how it works. I also love the people I met at these gatherings. Some of my very closest friends in Venice are Dining for Women people. No big surprise…like minded people who are bothered by the poverty and injustice in our world and want to do at least one small thing to make it better. if you want to know more about DFW, google it. It’s a great group.
Time to get moving. Beds to make. Toys to put away. And I need a nap. Heading to Sarasota tonight to the West Coast Black Theater. I can’t stay up past 8:00 unless I have a nap. (I know, I know…ridiculous) I went to yoga this morning. It was FREEZING. But I’m tough and I stayed…along with 100 other people who aren’t afraid of a little wind and cold.