It has been two weeks since Cowgirl's birthday, and what every mother will understand (and most fathers fail to appreciate) is that while the work of the celebration is over (or in our case, celebrations as there were private moments, family gatherings and a party with ten kids - which nearly did me in by-the-way) the job is not done.
There remains the thank-you notes.
I actually enjoy this process when I let myself off the hook for it being done in any timely manner. I have always sent thank you's (although typing that makes me cringe as I wonder if I have forgotten someone in the past?) because truly, I am grateful for each and every thought, gift, or kindness that has been sent my way. And I know the joy of giving is in witnessing the recipient's pleasure in being remembered and celebrated.
We are in the thick of thank you letters. The initial wave has been individual drawing made with notes inside - these go to family and close friends; the next batch are cards decorated with a stamp I made out of a drawing Cowgirl made for the occasion. I love its rather Medieval style dragon!
As Cowgirl has worked her way through the thank you's, I am realizing I too want to partake in this ritual of giving thanks.
I want to extend my gratitude to each and every one of you who visit me here on Dandelion Seeds and Dreams. The feeling I have is that you have stopped by for a chat, a quick cup of coffee, or just to check in with me and I appreciate your care and concern. Your comments feel like a refreshing breeze after an arduous trek and an encouraging smile amid the busyness of the day. Even when you don't comment, I feel the imprint of your care lingering long after you have moved on to other places and spaces that fill your day.
It is odd to feel so connected with so many that I have never met in the flesh. But the reality is we are connected through words, thoughts, and the sentiments of our hearts. And while you don't know all the deep corners of my heart and mind, you do know the pieces that I value and treasure above all else. You know my loves, my dreams, and my aspirations. I am grateful for the times when you share those pieces of yourself with me. We are a band of merry joy warriors attending to our world. My heart swells to think of it.
Most of all, I want to acknowledge how you see me even when I try to hide in shadow. By being so witnessed in this safe space of my own creating, I have learned how to gradually step out into the light and claim more of myself. I hope that by doing so, I invite everyone here to stand firmly in their own light and heart radiance.
So for all that, and so much more, I say
Of course, Cowgirl says it best ... and with fiery dragons!
I hope you will join me in November for my first ecourse, InnerGlow Self Care home retreat. I am having so much fun putting the materials together, gathering up all of my most favorite practices and tips. I can't wait to shower you will lots of nurturing care!