A Father’s Day Message

Dear Friends,

Greetings on this early Sunday morning for celebration and rejuvenation!
The birds are silent, the sun is rising and the air is still crisp and perfect for
a brisk morning walk. Get out there early and enjoy the benefits of being
alive with the ability to move your body. If you are watching the soccer
game in Costa Rica, it will be over before the morning gets away from you!

As I do at least once a week, I ran many errands around town on Thursday.
I parked my car and walked to the different shops I needed to visit. I find that
it is a great idea because I can really notice all the changes in our little county,
which make the walk interesting and more enjoyable. I try hard to remember
what shops existed when we first moved here 16 years ago, but the changes
have been so frequent, it is an impossible challenge.

I am happy that we are still a very rural place! The countryside everywhere
has always struck a chord with me. I grew up in Brooklyn, close to Prospect
Park, that haven of astounding beauty that was often visited by us. My father
took us with our bikes in summers and our sleds in winters on hills that made
me feel a deep connection to Nature. My father was (and remains) a city boy
but he never seemed to resent making the frequent trips with his children.

Today Costa Rica and about 90 other countries are celebrating Father’s Day. In
addition to Father’s Day, Costa Ricans are united in the frenzy that accompanies
our participation in World Cup 2018; a win today will be a treasured gift to all
fathers! I would like to recognize all fathers today; in particular, my own Dad,
my husband and my brother who often go uncelebrated and unnoticed while
they quietly contribute their much-needed presence. Thank you for being in
my life.

Whether your father is living or not; whether you have a terrific relationship or
a strained one, your father is partly responsible for your very existence. Spend
some time today sending gratitude, feeling compassion and, if necessary,
bestowing forgiveness on him for mistakes in the past. It will be good for you.

Have a wonderful day and a terrific week, Marietta

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