Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday January 17, 2010

A beautiful Sunday, almost finished. We slept in, skipped the morning meeting, attended an afternoon District Meeting, came home and made supper. The weather wasn't particularly great, although it was pretty warm. Been very grey and foggy the past 3 days.

We had a nice dinner and watched Sean Penn's movie of "Into the Wild". It's a movie that is, by turns, heartbreaking and hopeful. It's the story of the young man Chris McCandless that trekked around the country, winding up in the wilds of Alaska, where he ultimatley died of starvation. It was very well done and a grim story for this mother. After I got sober, probably the first 2 years, my son decided he was going to live the life of a nomad and live off the land. I didn't know where he was for months at a time, and didn't know if he was alive or dead. When he would surface, he would be so skinny and dirty, it made me cry. It was horrible, and watching this movie awakened those old feelings of helplessness and fear in me. As I watched the end of the movie, all I could think was, this could have happened to him. I could so easily have lost him back then...and I cried like a baby. Whew! I am so glad those days are behind me...

Not much on the docket for tomorrow...a languine day of laundry and reading, as I have received my copy of Julia Child's "My Life in France", and cannot wait to start reading it. It has been so warm here the past few days that all the snow is melting and the whole place is a giant mud bowl. The dogs (and cats!!) are tracking in mud everywhere and try as I might, I cannot keep it cleaned up. So I'll stop that in short order. I can deal with this...I can deal with this... lol

Finished reading the demons and guardians trilogy yesterday. It wasn't bad, mostly. Glad it's done though, so I don't have to keep making excuses for reading it. LMAO!!!

Think I'll go get a turkey breast out of the freezer to thaw so I can cook it tomorrow. That'll give me some leftovers for sandwiches too, which is always a good thing.Or maybe a pork roast. Hmmm...decisions, decisions.

Tomorrow is the observance of Dr. King's birthday, which means no mail, no banks, no government offices open. WooHoo!!

Several of my friends have offered to come by when I have the surgery a week from Wednesday and help me out around the house. Wow. That's some awesome stuff, there. I'm grateful for women friends who are always there when you need them.

Okay then. I'm off to bed. Prayers for Haiti and sending blessings of comfort and peace to all the victims of the quake.



Carol said...

That movie made me cry too, I realized that I had read the book years ago, hard to watch when you have a son as we do.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

:) Hope monday is just as beautiful... no more so than sunday!

Kathy M. said...

I saw that movie. All I could think about was how his family must have felt. Glad your son made it home.

DJan said...

Happy MLK Day to you, as well. And whatever the surgery is for, I do hope it goes well for you and that you will share. It sounds like you've had quite a life, and I'm going to rummage around in your past posts to find out more!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

You know I have realized that quote on your post and have found through trial and error of last year that it is true; those who can love me while I am unlovable are rare, but there!

Great post I think we live the same lives in different states, I am doing laundry today while reading and catching up on journaling.

The book "into the wild" is also amazing, I applaud your son's ability to live like that and probably had I met him years ago would have fallen in love with "mother natures son" I liked to go away for spells too, sadly no one missed me so I hope he's grateful for your love and care!

I know I am!!!

xo gabi

TechnoBabe said...

I read "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert last year so when her new book "Committed" debuted I got it. Now I am ready to read that. In the meantime I am reading poems by a blogger I follow, I so love her work. Have you been to The Buffaloe Pen?

Realliveman said...

Very cool blog. I will be back!

Prayer Girl said...

Surgery! I guess I missed something. Are you having a replacement? Hip and knee replacements are routine in the hospital I volunteer in. Prayers your way.


Realliveman said...

Just so you know, I fixed the comment issue. You can now comment under the post!

Cloudia said...

Best wishes!

Aloha, Friend

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Selchie said...

I really enjoyed this post, the conversationality of it and how you shared your 'real' life. I watched into the wild and was also very moved by it. Sounds like you're doing good these days. Good luck with the surgery.