Share Four Somethings – January

Something Loved

Meditations in Motion

My hubby Bill finally joined me in retirement. After looking forward to this transition for years, we are now both officially retired.

His last day at work was before Christmas, but because Bill often takes vacation between Christmas and New Years Day, the reality of his retirement didn’t sink in until the beginning of January.

On one recent day, our four-year-old grandson called us and asked if he could come to our house after pre-school (at noon) and go sledding with us. We were thrilled at the prospect, so of course, we said “Yes!

We spent the first part of the afternoon at our local rec center playing in the splash pool, then went sledding down the hill in our back yard. Abo (Bill’s grandfather name) must have pulled the sled back up the hill at least 20 times. Our dog Benji would race the sled to the bottom of the hill, so he got his exercise too. We all slept well that night! So far, retirement has been wonderful!

Something Said

Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.– Saint Augustine

Meditations in Motion

I read this quote from St. Augustine and thought of the conversation I had with my son’s brother and sister-in-law at Thanksgiving. These talented and passionate young people are doing what they can to make a difference in the world.

The husband, who works in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Philadelphia, has started a production company to make educational presentations on a variety of important topics, such as race, financial literacy, and education. He hopes to motivate young people to make good decisions. The wife influences young people every day; she is a teacher at a charter school in Philadelphia. They are both such good examples of courage and commitment.

Something Learned

Meditations in Motion

I am a provisional member of a Facebook group called Be the Bridge to Racial Unity. I have blogged about this group before. To join, you must first apply by answering some questions. If you are admitted, your membership is on a three-month trial basis. During this time, you are required to read, view, and listen to information on race in the US. You may not post or comment on posts during the first three months of your membership. Your job is to listen, read, and learn.

I recommend joining this group to anyone, but if you do not have the time to join, I urge you to watch this short, powerful video. It is a TED talk by Mellody Hobson, the African-American CEO of a publicly traded financial company. She asks us all to be “Color Brave”, rather than “Color Blind”. It is gripping, captivating, and definitely worth watching.

If you have a little more time, this video is a lecture about “Diversity in the Church” given by Dr. Christina Cleveland. It is entertaining and compelling. I highly recommend it.

Something Read

Meditations in Motion

I recently finished reading “The Soul of an Octopus” by Sy Montgomery, a Christmas present from my hubby. I have read other books by the same author and loved them, so I knew before I started the book I would enjoy it, and it did not disappoint.

Ms. Montomery, a naturalist, dispenses octopus information by telling stories about the octopuses she met at the New England Aquarium. That’s not a typo – the plural of octopus is octopuses, not octopi, one of the first things I learned in the book.

As we meet Athena, Octavia, Kali, and Karma, eight-armed residents of the aquarium, we learn about the different talents and personalities these mollusks possess. I was amazed at the intelligence of these invertebrates. To prevent octopuses from becoming bored, aquarium staff members devise puzzles to keep them entertained.

In one story, a staffer hid a crab (an octopus delicacy) in a ball that screwed together by twisting the two halves. Not only did the octopus figure out how to unscrew the device to get the crab, but she also screwed the ball back together when she was done!

This book initially made me covet a saltwater aquarium so I could keep an octopus for a pet, but when I read about the expense and time involved, I switched my goal to a visit to a nearby aquarium with my grandchildren to view these marvelous creatures.

 

I am linking up with Heather Gerwing for her “Four Somethings”. Thanks, Heather, for giving the opportunity to think and write about four such compelling topics. Also linking with Jessica and Amy at Live Life Well, Susan B Mead for Dancing With Jesus, Spiritual Sundays for Welcome, Embracing the Unexpected for Grace and Truth, The Blended Blog for Friday Loves, Counting My Blessings for Faith ‘n Friends, Morgan’s Milieu for Post, Comment, Love, Debbie at Dare 2 Hear, Random-osity for Little Things Thursdays, It’s a Small Town Life for Thankful Thursday, Reflections From Me for A Blogging Good Time, Crystal Storms for Heart Encouragement, Knit by God’s Hand for Thankful Thursdays, and Rachel Marie Lee.

 

 

55 comments

  1. Hello, I love retirement. It was the best decision I ever made. Love the sledding photo, it nice to have the time free to do as you please. I am afraid for our country and of the hatred that seems all to public now. Happy Thursday, have a happy day!

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  2. WHAT? I never realize how intelligent octopi are… & yeah, didnt know that word existed 🙂 haha
    Ahh – enjoy that retired life together. I’m sure it’ll take some adjustment to the new ‘normal’ but what a fun thing to learn together

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  3. So much good stuff in this post! I too absolutely loved The Soul of an Octopus, and found it transformative, like discovering that a marvelous alien intelligence lives in our oceans and we’re only just now figuring that out. Makes me wonder what else is all around us that we don’t realize. Congrats on your husband’s retirement: I know the two of you will never run out (pun intended) of creative uses for your time. And I am considering if I can realistically take on joining the Be the Bridge group: it’s clearly important.

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    • Thank you, Jan. Good to hear from you, as always. I am scheduling a trip to the aquarium with my grandsons soon. I want to see an octopus! I had no idea an invertebrate could be so intelligent. If you don’t have the time to join Be the Bridge now (and I completely understand the business of the school year), I definitely recommend watching some of the videos. They are powerful!

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  4. For “Share Four Somethings – January” … you sure picked some nice tidbits to share Laurie. The octopus story was interesting – I did not know the pluralized version … thought it was “pi” too. Now that Bill’s retirement phase of his life has “sunk in”, I’m sure he is ecstatic to enjoy its arrival.

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    • Thank you, Linda. The octopus book was a good one for me to read. I am a nature lover and I love to learn new things. Bill and I are currently enjoying a lazy rainy day in Florida!

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      • Learning new things about nature is always fascinating to me too Laurie – the lazy rainy (and warm) day sounds perfect. I am planning on a lazy day too – toying with walking but we got 1 or 2 inches of snow and don’t know how slick the roads are for walking to the Park … need to run my car and will give it the “slippery test” with my feet to decide … you know how that goes to see how secure you feel. Last night my blog post writing was halted when I had a plumbing emergency – my kitchen double-sink pipes fell apart, literally fell down … the plumber arrived, in the snow, at 9:55 p.m. … after the catastrophe and he said he’d be there after he finished his two jobs, likely in the 9:00 o’clock hour, I lost my zeal for writing about Grady and Parker and others … I’ll use older pics as I didn’t take the camera with me – too cold. Enjoy your respite in Florida and dream about Costa Rica … your next adventure.

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      • Thanks Laurie – yes, and I’m grateful they were able to come to the house last night. I am finally going to settle down and write my post which has been bubbling around in my head for nearly a day.

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  5. Laurie, I love this! What fun with your grandson! I never knew much of anything about octopuses. What an interesting story about even screwing the ball back together! I would love to look into that group about racial unity. I’m reading an advance copy of Cara Meredith’s book The Color of Life: A Journey Toward Love and Racial Justice. It comes out next month. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Blessings to you!

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  6. Fascinating read, thank you. I did check out the videos and appreciate those as well. I was raised in mixed racial areas and have friends and family that are mixed as well. I always thought that I am not racist. The video opens your mind to ways you may not have realized that you really are. Small details and much more to think about and work to do.

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  7. Yep, grandchildren are one of retirement’s blessings … especially if they’re close enough that you can hang out together. Ours require a bit of a car journey, but it’s always worth the trip.

    We’re finding semi-retirement {can’t believe I’m writing that word!!} to be a bit of a transition. For sure, there’s a need to be productive and to be in a meaningful place to serve others. It’s a sweet spot, for sure …

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  8. I really love these types of posts! For one thing, it lets us into your life a little more. I love hearing that your husband is now retired! How fun for you both! I so look forward to the day when my husband retires, though we have awhile. And how fun to play with your grandson in the middle of the day! Have a blessed weekend!

    Thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell!

    Blessings,

    Amy

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