HAPPY, you bet I am. Perhaps it’s because Spring is in the air and everything feels lighter, fresher and new but I have other reasons for being happy. It started a couple of weeks ago, I had been thinking about an old friend that I hadn’t been in contact with for several years. This pic of the horses is quite appropriate because I used to call her Mare, short for Mary. She had been my best friend, the person I shared everything with but we had a silly disagreement and our cooling down period ended up lasting more than 10 years. So many times I wanted to pick up the phone to call her but pride got in the way, you know that thought when you tell yourself it’s not your fault and they should pick up the phone, not you. Needless to say I didn’t make the call and as it does, life went on. I missed her but not just her, I missed her family, I missed us and the way we laughed together.
I always know when I’m about to get a life lesson because things get in my head and they linger until the lesson presents itself. For weeks I had been thinking about her, wondering what her kids were up to and then – I got a message from her on Facebook. We chatted via messenger for a couple of hours, sent each other pictures of our families and brought each other up to date. I was shocked to learn that she had a couple of strokes but thankfully was doing much better. I could hardly sleep that night because of the emotion that had welled up inside of me. Lesson learned – friendships are treasures we find in life, we need to cherish them while we can because life is short.
Then of course it was Mother’s Day and my boys didn’t disappoint. It can be a sad time when you’re so far away but messages from the heart can mean so much more than presents. I adore my sons and while every mother says that, it’s true in my case. I had them when I was very young so not only are they my children but they are a little like the brothers I never had too. They are my best friends and I’m so blessed because in spite of having them was I was a mere child, they’ve grown up to be successful adults so I must have done something right. The fact that they’re handsome, intelligent, funny and talented is another bonus. I jokingly refer to them as my slugs – just because.
I received pics of these girls the other day and I melted. My Mom grew up on a farm, she had a horse (Bob) that she loved and when he got old and had to be put down, she never quite got over it. She loved horses so much that she
became quite a gambler. Needless to say, I spent a great deal of my childhood at the racetrack. Naturally I developed a deep love for horses as well. To me horses represent family. Four years ago I was in Australia and took my grandchildren to the racetrack – had to keep the tradition alive. As we were leaving I told them that if I moved back to Australia I would buy us a horse. My youngest granddaughter who just happens to share a birthday with my Mother has inherited the same love of horses. I was hoping that she could come to spend the summer here in Canada with me as I live just a couple of miles from a stable and I have friends who own horses. That was just a dream, the girls have school, Taekwondo and a myriad of other things going on but I’m delighted that they are riding too.
Lastly, I put my IKEA pieces together all by myself. Trust me this is not always an easy thing to do but I did it and I’m so happy because I now have drawers for my craft tools and a cube to store fabric, although I need a door or containers to put it in so it doesn’t look so messy. I need more of these as I have a wall of cupboards that are filled to the brim with fabric and no place to store other things. Another trip to the city is on the agenda.
They came to measure for the flooring yesterday and once that is done my studio will be complete and I will be ready to design a fall/winter collection. I’m not even going to try to do a collection for the summer, I have so many other things I want to do so I’ve decided to take the summer off to enjoy life, my friends and spend time at the gym getting fit and fabulous.
Life is good and that makes me happy. I hope you are too.
In the meantime, Keep Creating!