Saturday, May 28, 2011

Remembrance & Gratitude

A few days ago, I was standing at Ground Zero. I had never seen it with my own eyes before. The last time I had stood in that spot, the towers were still there. Even after 10 years, Ground Zero still feels like a very sacred place.

As I walked from Ground Zero to Battery Park,  my heart was heavy while thinking about all of the people who had lost their lives on that day. They were soldiers in a war and didn't even know it. I consider every one of them to be American hero's, who died with grace.

                                            World Trade Center Memorial, Battery Park

So, while we're remembering and giving gratitude to all of our brave military members who have lost their lives in battle this Memorial Day, let's also remember those who perished on 9/11. God bless them all!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Who's Your Mama?

We had a little anonymous miracle in our beach town here in Encinitas, a couple of weeks ago. Some men dressed in work clothes that made them appear to be city workers, put this stained glass piece of art up on city property. No one knows who those men are or who the artist of this gorgeous creation is. They still haven't come forward. So here we have the Holy Mother or Our Lady of Guadalupe, catching a wave on her rad board, booties and all. The city is undecided as to whether or not they will "allow" this free work of art to remain or not because "No one got permission for this" and "It may cause safety issues" and blah blah blah. Politics shmolitics. For now, we will enjoy our Mother while we can. After all, she's watching out for all of us at the beach, dude!

Speaking of mothers, they come in all shapes and sizes. You don't have to give birth to a baby or officially adopt a child to be a mother. Some of us have been mothering our whole lives. Even as children, we were looking after younger children or babies, not always because we had to, but because we wanted to. It's just one of those unexplainable natural phenomenons from the universe, to have mothering instincts and to love children unconditionally, even if the children you love aren't yours.

I believe that throughout our life, most of us have many mothers. Great women who come and go throughout our lifetime, that leave a permanent mark of wisdom and love on us. These "mothers" don't even have to be in your life for an extended period of time, as in years. When you're a kid, these "mothers" could come in the form of an aunt, a camp counselor or a lady in the neighborhood. As an adult, maybe in the form of a boss, a landlord, a nurse, or your friends mom. These "mothers" are everywhere and I thank God for the phenomenal "mothers" who have crossed my path. I hope we all are able to recognize these women and honor them.

On this Mothers Day, along with celebrating our own beautiful moms, let's celebrate all of our "mothers," past and present. These women loved and cared for us, even though they didn't have to. Now THAT'S something pretty special!

Happy Mothers Day to ALL of the "Mothers" out there!!! xo