Tuesday, April 10, 2018

perseverance

I am not a talented person but I do work hard.  I get lots of enjoyment out of my activities, but I have never been in the spotlight.  I am competent...and move toward very good in some instances.

I can sew beautiful clothing and have made a few tailored pieces.  Generally, though I am happy to know that my closet is filled with stuff I made.  It is workable in my lifestyle, somewhat stylish and I made it myself.

I can cook food which people enjoy eating, and sometimes they even ask for the recipes.  It makes me happy to serve my friends and family with food I prepare.  I wouldn't win awards though.

I make some art-all of which I enjoy and some others might like.  Most of it probably puzzles other people, especially the odd collages or the books filled with ephemera.

I can ride most any horse and have trained a few to be good all around citizens.  I rescued a scarecrow of a horse and nurtured him to a point of health and pride.  He and I rose to "good enough" in endurance riding but excelled at our relationship and we were happy together.

I have been married for 43 years on May 23 and I know we make each other happy as well as allow each other to grow as individuals and as a couple.  We are lucky to have found that key for ourselves.

My life is personally successful, but I have never won an award for excellence in any competition I have entered.  Some also-rans, a few thirds, one or two reds but really never the blue ribbon.  Now don't start feeling bad for me because I sure don't.  I am proud of myself.  I know where I came from in the 1950s.  I remember what happened in my home and in my family and how a dream was crushed by circumstances and choices.  I know who I was as a little girl and how I looked at that debris and said to myself "This is not my life".

Catalina State Park 2018 Nick is learning to handle vertical ascents.
Every small act of choice, self-determination, and perseverance make up my life.  That life is happy.















We made it!  







Enjoying the ridgeline ride.

18 comments:

  1. You are awesome Mary in so many ways! Hugs TSAB. Was he careful and surefooted?

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    1. He turned around on the first climb and got stuck but I was able to get him going again. The downhills were very tough, with loose rock, small boulders and again very steep. I was terrified I would hurt him or we would fall. He got super careful on the third downhill.

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  2. Beautifully said. And congratulations on 43 years together!

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    1. Thank you Ann! We are still 20 and 27 inside.

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  3. A lovely post. Congratulations on your anniversary. We celebrated our ruby last year and know exactly what you mean by allowing individual development. Neither of us has ever ridden a horse. I think I was once on a donkey at the seaside! Sounds fabulous.

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    1. Hi Anne, congratulations to you and yours. As fir donkeys, they are more difficult to ride!

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  4. You sound happy in retirement, Mary. Congrats on a life well lived and a great marriage!

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    1. Shams, thank you so much. You add to my mix of creative happiness.

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  5. Congratulations! Ron and I are heading in year 52. Our fifty first anniversary is on May 19th. I know how you feel. I told my 45 year old daughter- that's impossible I am only 39!

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  6. Counting blessing Mary, counting blessing.....

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  7. I love your spirit and perseverance. Life can be messy but your continued growth and feelings of gratitude for the life you’ve created shine through. I’m glad I know you and get to spend some time with you.

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  8. Mary, you are truly a remarkable woman! You persevered as a middle school teacher, which takes real grit, style and pizazz. I feel that we have known each other for a short amount of time, and it still surprises me how long we have been friends. You love and adore your many beautiful pets, who are incredible. Not to mention your talents as a writer and your passion for sewing. Now that is a blessing for each and every day. Congratulations on a happier life with your loves.

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  9. Mary- you have a quiet greatness. Modesty? Maybe too much of that.

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  10. Congrats on 43 yrs. SO happy for you two.. and your life sounds wonderful.. Lots of fun hobbies and enjoyment and a wonderful work history and now a wonderful retirement..

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  11. So well stated. You are a quite talented writer...and thinker.

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    1. Thank you GrannyS. Welcome to the blog-have we met? :-)

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