Random thoughts, as a former co-worker used to say, from a cluttered mind:
1) I have fearless and perhaps slightly insane friends, such as my Alabama friend who did not let a little thing like a hurricane stop her from driving up to Baltimore and helping her daughter and future son-in-law move there from Atlanta. “There sure are a lot of cars driving the opposite way,” she said from the road on Friday night.
2) I have fearless and determined children, such as Younger Daughter, who is not letting university dysfunction and red-tape deter her from taking the classes she wants to take — and who, in the process, gained some appreciation for parental efforts. “When I was in school, I just showed up to class and didn’t realize all it took to get there,” she said.
3) I have fearless and smart grandchildren, such as 3-year-old grandson Capt. Adorable (also currently my only grandchild) who put up with a noisy family party just long enough to be polite and then grabbed his aunt’s hand for a quick getaway, knowing she was as ready to slip outside as he was. The Captain also was apprehensive about a tree-cutting project that involved a loud chainsaw and a great deal of shouting but did not want to miss out on the action — he knew he could hang with his daddy and be assured of staying safe and secure.
4) I have fearless yet generous parents, who said, “Sure. Of course. How can we help?” when I volunteered their nursery/tree farm for a gathering of my high-school class. Couldn’t have done it without them.
5) I have fearless and fun classmates, who don’t worry about wrinkles and bad knees and expanding waistlines but simply want to reconnect and share. And eat wonderfully yummy food and drink local hometown wine.
More folks to add to the fearless list:
6) Two long-time friends who are now in their mid-50s and fearlessly have taken up yoga: One to help lead a class and one who this past week finally got into full lotus (legs criss-crossed applesauce and feet on thighs). I stand — with both feet firmly planted on the ground — amazed.
You need to add #7:
You have a fearless and dedicated number of people enjoying your blog and your funny and interesting newspaper columns.
Carolyn — You made my day with that! Thank you so much. That means more than you know.