Friday, June 26, 2009

GATHERING........














And so we gathered.............in celebration of many things - first - our friendship which sustains and supports in good times and bad - for two young people "Ashley (Sophie) and Pete (Xander) who each graduated college with Masters Degrees AND became engaged with an October 2010 wedding date set in gold. (that's Ashley in the yellow top and Pete next to h er in blue). And our mate Dale - her birthday, her birth and life was honored and remembered with lemon everything. Oh how she loves lemon. (that's Dale in the peach dress) Oh yes, a gathering indeed.
The food was delicious - New York strips grilled to perfection - twice baked potatoes and a lovely green salad. A nice chardonnay, champagne, lemon filled birthday cake and Dale's strawberry shortcake with home made biscuits and whip cream. Oh my - such a gathering. We laughed heartily, ate well, celebrated so many blessings and blended together in purpose, music, food, delight and promise.

Gatherings are so purposeful. I love to gather with like thinking people with intended reason and honor a tradition or an event or just because. I have gathered at rallies for peace and anti war, I have gathered with others coming together to worship, I have gathered at funerals and cemeteries and and holiday meals with family. I have gathered at school events for my kids and concerts and movies and plays, weddings and court rooms and work meetings and planning committees. I have huddled in secluded places gathering with other wounded people trying to rise above tragedy. I have gathered with others against injustice at town halls and state capital stairs. I have gathered around our table to absorb some news of illness or death and just cried together and then began to figure out how to move forward through the experience. Oh to gather is to survive -
So I ask you, with whom do you gather - where do you gather and why do you gather? Gathering is effective on so many levels and there is strength in numbers. I cannot explore today when gatherings are intended to cause harm - let's all promise to come together - to gather in LOVE. Please listen to "The Young Bloods - Get Together" below.




Promise, please promise to gather in LOVE.

Love Gail
peace.....

11 comments:

Utah Savage said...

I used to love to gather. But all good things come to an end one day. And my days of enjoying gathering are over.

Looks like a lovely gathering you had though.

Gail said...

Hi Utah-

Nice to see you :-)

And I think you still gather just the forum is different - folks gather with you at your blog space.

Love Gail'
peace.....

The Rambling Taoist said...

I don't gather either! Yes, folks DO come to my blog, but I don't think that counts because I'm usually not there when they arrive and, by the time I waltz on in, they're gone. :-)

That said, thanks for the video. "Get Together", ironically, is one of my most favorite songs from the 60s.

anne partain said...

Hi Gail, ok first, is that you sitting in the pink dress? I love to gather with others. Just like water gathers together any time it can, we do the same. Good share my dear friend! xoxoAnne

Gail said...

Hi Anne-

So nice to see you. No, that is not me in the pink. I am not in any of these photos. It was a wonderful gathering of all things good.
Love to you.
Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

Hi R T -

So nice to see you here and I am glad you enjoyed the video/song.

Love Gail
peace.....

Mark said...

To gather in love is to compound our energy! Many wonderful things can be accomplished by gathering in love. Beautiful family, thanks for sharing.

Gail said...

Hi Mark-

So glad to see you here. And yes, many wonderful things indeed can be accomplished when we "gather in love".....

Loe Gail
peace.....,

Paul C said...

Gail,

Thanks so much for the kind and wise words you put on my blog.

Paul.

Gail said...

Hi Paul

You are so very welcome. I am glad you stopped by and I look forward to us visiting back and forth.
Peace to you
Gail

TheChicGeek said...

Beautiful post, Gail. I love this song too! I'm going to add it to my playlist. Thanks for reminding me of great times and loving friends with your post and song!

Have a Happy Day!