My husband Larry and I were walking/jogging this morning along the Big Dry Creek trail here in Colorado. The path we usually take was blocked by bridge construction so we had been detoured to an alternate route. Just as we were turning down the other trail, we saw the detour signs in this first picture.
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I know I’m not the only one who sometimes turns to books or movies instead of therapy. There are complete books based on this topic.
Novel Therapy; Bibliotherapy: The Girls Guide to Books for Every Phase of Our Lives; Reading to Heal: How to Use Bibliotherapy to Improve Your Life; Advanced Cinematherapy: The Girls Guide to Finding Happiness One Movie at a Time; Reel Therapy; The Motion Picture Prescription: Watch this Movie and Call me in the Morning. The list goes on.
As I write this, the month of June has just drifted into the past. I like June because it’s a big wedding month. I’ve been married almost 32 years…not bad for a second marriage…and I was recently prompted to share some of the small things that we and other couples do, to stay in love. In fact, Ladies Home Journal magazine thought it important enough to ask 18 couples to share “The Little Meaningful Things Happily Married Couples do” in their July/August 2014 issue. Yep, that’s me and my husband in the picture/article
I hate doing laundry. The only thing I hate more than doing laundry is cleaning toilets. Thankfully my husband’s “job” around the house is to do the laundry. It doesn’t get put away, but it’s clean, and there’s something to be said for clean clothes. When (read: if) I actually get around to putting the laundry away, the sense of accomplishment I feel is akin to, I’m guessing, graduating college or running a marathon – “It was hard work and I wanted to quit the entire time, but I did it.” That sort of accomplished… Yeah, it’s embarrassing, but that’s life.
I’m listening to an interview with Dr. Brene Brown on Oprah Radio and have this sudden thought: “She’s just like me, well, in one way anyway.” And maybe she’s just like you, too.
I’m “this” girl.
The anxious one. The one always looking for answers and asking many questions. The talkative one. The one with the high expectations. The one who can’t sit still. The one who needs to learn how to say “no.”
I’m also “that” girl.
The one who gets things done. The one who remembers. The one who does what she says she will do.
The one who always has a plan.
Historically, June is a month for marriages. I think that’s a good thing and I want those new marriages, and all marriages, to remain strong. It’s an advantage to both you and your children. We all know that not every day, in every relationship, runs smoothly! I think of my husband of 32 years. We knew about rough spots and most couples who have been together so long will think back on them with mixed feelings and viewpoints. There were lots of “little” fights and I often wonder how some of those grew into the “big” ones where someone storms out or says things they really don’t mean…at least in the long run.
My husband drove as we headed from Portland back to the Oregon coast. I sat in the passenger seat with my head down scrolling through Facebook postings on my iPhone.
“Would you look at that!” Greg said suddenly.
I glanced up to see a solid field of red as far as I could see, the color rippling with the wind, backed by bright green fields and the dark green of a tree line, with a farm right in the middle, as beautiful a scene as any of those from Italy that are captured in paintings everywhere.
I love this time of the year because if the weather cooperates, my garden is full of flowers and the sun reminds me that “toasty” days are on the horizon. Another reason I like spring is because April is the Month of the Military Child and May is Military Appreciation Month. How cool is that? In 2010 I tweeted every day in May with a new idea for how we, as civilians (which I am one), can show our appreciation to you, our military families. Lots of fun things came up like donating a magazine subscription or paperback books to an airport USO, visit a memorial tribute garden or just pray for a soldier’s safety.
One day while stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Greg and I took a long bike ride along one of the Rails to Trails routes. As we reached our turning point, we spotted a large outdoor fun park.