Spent yesterday and today with my cousin and her extended family. I met second and third cousins for the first time. It was a wonderful get together.
We were on a farm in West Texas.
It’s a beautiful property.
The kids spent some time building a swing over the creek.
Wednesday evening we talked and ate. Today we ate and talked.
And I learned a new card game – Scum. It’s a blast.
This retirement thing is pretty sweet. It’s a joy to be able to take a road trip whenever I want, just get in the car and go. Meeting up with family is such a pleasure. Getting to know seldom seen relatives is a treat.
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about reflection. Here’s little bit of it:
The word reflection means looking at something with thoughtful consideration. As I look back on my life, I see many things that were good, some that were great, and of course, some that were mistakes.
Am I thoughtful when thinking about them? Not always. Amused, sad, bitter, angry, and I guess, sometimes thoughtful. Usually the bad stuff doesn’t even get considered. (Forgetfulness in aging can be a good thing, hehe)
My career path changed several times. I started out to be a nurse, switched to librarian, and ended up as an receptionist at a senior housing community.
I’ve been married twice. Divorced. Widowed. Raised kids. Lost parents. Gained grandchildren.
A fairly normal life actually. Not too much that I would call bad. At least, nothing I would talk about.
Reflection is an exercise that I really should do more often. Especially since I’m calling myself a writer these days. It’s good for the soul, so they tell me.
This day was another time of reflecting on how good my life is. I am blessed.