Oh, my, the days--they do fly by, don't they? Especially when you are Very Busy (and who among us cannot say that, I wonder?).
Fortunately, I was forced today, by a sick child and a sore throat of my own, to stay home from work and rest. And while I rested, I took the very welcome opportunity to do a wee bit of playing, in the form of craft. What better, easier one could I ask for than Mitsy's Happy Girls?!
I had no double-stick tape, and I only had the darker beads, so I improvised a bit. (Yes, those would be my stitches! Pathetic really, but I simply don't care. Life is too short to worry over stuff like that, my sweets. Too short.) Sofie was delighted with their little brown faces, and said, "Oh, little girls from Nigeria!" We had just been watching our most favorite World Cup team...
I've also been reading a quick but wonderful and spunky read (more recommendations coming, Sandra!) about an awesome young heroine, an 11-year-old girl named Flavia de Luce. She's teaching me lots of things, most of which bring to mind the quote by Helen Keller, which states: "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all!" Truer words were never spoken, I do believe! With all of the uncertainty in my life right now, I hold to it like a life-preserver. This is an adventure, and at the moment, this very moment, we are well. We are safe and warm and fed and above all, together. Who knows where this will lead, but as long as I believe that it is leading somewhere better (and I do) then the mistakes and the occasional rotten luck don't seem to matter as much. What does matter, and matters greatly, is the considerable kindness we've been shown and the growth we've experienced, and continue to experience.
(I know, I know. I get tired of "growing," too...but really, why else are we here? It's not just to enjoy it, you can never convince me of that: life is too hard for too many people. It's to learn to love. Nothing else would make the struggle worth it, as far as I can see. Nothing else really matters.)
So: Life is an adventure, live in the moment, love one another...and make happy girls. This is what I know.
Have a lovely rest of your week, my dears. I'll be swinging back through soon, I promise (tee, hee!).