Longevity and Family ties

Dear Friends,

I woke up today to the screeching of the red-crowned parrots that fly over our home
at this time of the year. I never tire of any birds but these particular ones motivate me
like no other because their torrent of excitement and urgency reminds me that a new
day is here, another chance to make nice memories. Get out early today and move
your body in loving gratitude for all you have.

Red crown parrots
The lush green paradise that is a testament to the power of just a few of Nature’s rains
is a gift that welcomed me last week. It is amazing how quickly the brown turns to
green and how much my own mood is elevated by just taking a look around me and
seeing what trees are blooming. Some of our neighbors have mature malinche (delonix
regia) trees with a panoply of brilliant orange flowers. We have a couple also but they
are much smaller and it will be a few more years before they flower so spectacularly!

Today is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and over 80 more countries around the world.
Last year, I spent the day with our children in New York, something I had not been
able to do there in 15 years! Today I will spend part of the day with my own mother
(and father and sister!) and it is a celebration of life that I am looking forward to. My
parents have been extraordinary people and I am thankful for their longevity because
it has given me the opportunity to recall their parenting styles and model my own.
This is extremely important as our children transition into the independent adults they
wish to be.

A couple of years ago, I was wondering what our life would be like when our home
would turn quiet as a consequence of our children all being out of the house and none
of their young friends visiting. The last two years have gone by very quickly and
I think we have all adjusted to the changes in a positive manner, in no small part
due to the many options we have for staying in touch. I have had ample time to think
about my relationship with our children and their relationship with each other. I am
reminded on a daily basis how necessary having strong ties to family and friends is
for my overall health. I hope you take some moments to think about your own network
and maybe get in touch with someone you haven’t seen in a while. It will do you
both good!

Have a wonderful day and a terrific week, Marietta

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