Graduation Day in Tucson

A Most Unusual Palm (I think?)

Good Day, God!

Suzy wanted me to put this photo in a blog as we were both struck by it on one of of many errands. I have always loved animals, God, but I have noticed in recent years a growing enjoyment of plants.

Indeed, just this morning Sandy was talking about how seeing a rabbit in her potted basil plant brought out a decidedly “Mrs. McGregor” response! She sighed and said, “I used to love Peter Rabbit.” I knew exactly what she meant.

I have mallards as neighbors and they occasionally block the driveway and leave droppings in our carport. Sigh. These are gorgeous birds — but, not good neighbors.

I do love animals who are like my Mother’s Cat. There is a link with intelligent creatures.  And, I definitely prefer house-trained animals. Still, baby animals can be forgiven almost anything. Bonding with babies is a powerful thing! I remember my first grandson as a newborn!

Speaking of my first grandson — there are only 90 minutes before we take off for his graduation. This is a BIG day and we are all excited. Ian is bright but so sensitive to specific noises that he mostly goes out in public wearing his iPod as a buffer.  With the challenges of his autism, it has been quite an accomplishment for him to complete his courses. Dealing with fears is a difficult thing, God. It takes a lot of courage.

But, the good news is that courage begets courage. Overcoming a fear makes for Self-Respect. That is quite a different thing than Self-Esteem. Sigh. Oh that ALL of us would work toward more self-respect and get more grit into our life. Well, at least, God, I know that is what I want to work toward.

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