Sunday, March 24, 2013

A day in the life.....

Hard to believe my boy, Dolan, is 29.  He is happy and living a good life in which his passion for writing is the focus.  Wonderful.  He has been published in magazines, co-edits another and a publisher, albeit a small one, just asked for his book manuscript.  Wow!
Once, he bought me a Cat Stevens CD because of this song - sayin' it was between Mother and Son -  so beautiful......


He still calls me just about every day - and I am always the first one to read any of his new stories, poems, writings and so forth.  My opinion matters!  Such a compliment.

Skipp and I went to Brooklyn to celebrate his birthday Friday in to Saturday.  Quite an endeavor for me, a physical challenge, but I  managed fine. I am filled with gratitude for my meeting the challenges as well as I did.  I am a bit wobbly today but it was worth it.
Here are some pictures of our wonderful trip to Brooklyn.

 Heading over the Robert F Kennedy Bridge
 A view of Manhattan from the bridge
 The 'Dumont' cafe - a lovely real New York style cafe - small, quaint, weathered wood floors and accents, gorgeous gay waiters, .....great food and atmosphere....
Delicious bloody mary
That's water, not wine  :-)
 Our tiny yet lovely hotel room at LaJolie
 Me, trying to show my purple hi-lites, can you see them?
 The Brooklyn Star restaurant where we had Dolan's amazing birthday dinner-celebration
 Dolan and Natalie - how cute are they?
 There we are!
Dolan blowing out his candle on his birthday dessert which was chocolate bread pudding with apples and cream!!

And so the evening went on with good food and a few drinks and lots of laughs and blessing after blessing of family, love, hope and bright futures.  I reveled in his world - celebrated his life and loves - I felt such joy and pride and contentment.  Hallelujah!!

Skipp and I were back at our hotel room by 9:30 and tucked in watching a movie drifting in and out of sleep by ten.  The traffic whizzed by non stop all night and the lights and sounds of the city reminded us of how much we love our country home  :-)

We enjoyed a lovely continental breakfast served up by the hotel and the coffee was delicious as were the croissants, bagels, danish and fruit.  What a treat!!  We hung out leisurely savoring our last couple of hours away.  We were on the road home by noon and finished our time away with a light lunch at a local pub.  The sun was shining, the sky was bright blue with in between bursts of frozen drizzle, but it  mattered not.  We sat for a long while, eating soup and salad, holding hands, talking of our life, our love, our bungalow, our blessings, our simple wish to just maintain and be able to get out and about together for the rest of our days.  Make a little love, do a little dance, get down to life......


and there you have it........................







23 comments:

Finding Pam said...

Gail, looks like you had a wonderful time with Dolan. I would have guessed he was either a muscian or writer. It is so nice that you and Skip were able to take that trip. I am glad you didn't get snowed in.

Have a blessed day.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

It sounds like a wonderful excursion. As someone who has done my share of literary submissions, I am impressed by your son's accomplishments in that field. Even more impressive, though, is how caring and involved a son he is.

Wonderingsoul said...

Gail! I have missed you! I even went onto 'Know Your It's' a few days ago just to check that it was still there...
Anyway! I'm glad to 'see' you writing and it's lovely that you shared such a beautiful time with us readers. I could feel such warmth emanating from your descriptions.
Bless you Gail. No wonder Dolan values your opinion and adores you.
So glad that your physical strength didn't take too much of a hammering.
Lots of love

xx

Gail said...

@JUDY - thanks so much for recognizing Dolan's accomplishments. As well as his caring nature. He is a good man.

@PAM - SO cool that you "saw" Dolan as a musician and or writer, he is a musician as well. Plays guitar beautifully.

Love to you both
Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI WONDERINGSOUL - I am so glad you came by. I haven't written a post in a while with the move and all. So glad you felt all the joy in my heart. your spirit is beautiful too - and I am glad to share this with you.
Love to you always
Gail
peace....

Webster said...

It sounds like a lovely mini-vacation for you; such a lovely family you have. Kudos to Dolan, and good luck with his manuscript.

Poetic Soul said...

Hey girl, looks like you had a blast I'm happy for you... I'd like to email you but don't have your address, please use this one so I can get ours sntuli@live.com

Gail said...

Hi Webster - thanks S much for stopping by and for sharing in a wonderful weekend with me. Fingers crossed on his book indeed :-)
Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

Hi poetic
a blast indeed. I will email you.

Jackie said...

Gail....what a treat to be here and to read about the love you have for your sweet Dolan. Happy birthday (belated) to him. I'm so glad that you and Skipp traveled to be with him and that you had such a good time. I can feel the happiness here!! Yes. It comes through loud and clear in your post. That makes my heart happy.
Sending you much love, my friend,
Jackie

Gail said...

HI JACKIE - I am so so so happy to "see" you. I love that you share in our trip to Brooklyn to celebrate Dolan. I hold you close to my heart, always. Hugs to you and your Daddy & Mama
Love Gail
peace....

Theanne said...

thanks for the visit and Happy Birthday to your son!

Grizz………… said...

Ha! I knew you could do it…and it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Cherish your family, always. Take pride in your kids, and don't keep it a secret. Life is not about things, it's about people…and nothing means more than spending time with those you love. And yeah, I know you know that already.

Having been in writing and publishing most of my life, I understand exactly how much effort and talent it takes for your son to accomplish what he has so far—and he's just getting started. There's a wide open road ahead. It won't be easy; good writing work never is. But I suspect he'll manage just fine. Be extra proud, now and always.

I'm pleased you got to share his birthday in Brooklyn. And glad you shared your adventure here.

Gail said...

HI GRIZZ - SO glad you stopped by and shared in the celebration. His life, his world, his intent is purposeful, defined, intended and good for humanity. Yes! He is one of my favorite people. Thanks for being here to share it with me. Means more than I can say.
Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

Hi Theanne - so good to "see you' and so glad you shared in my sons birthday celebration
Love Gail
peace.....

Marilyn said...

Gail,
What a lovely post. You can definitely be proud of your son! Your adventure and time together in celebration sounds just perfect. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Gail said...

MARILYN - thanks so much for coming by and sharing in this joyful celebration.
Love Gail
peace.....

Amanda said...

It sounds (and looks) like a wonderful time was had by all! What a special treat to be able to spend birthday time with Dolan - and how proud you must be of him! He sounds like he's following his heart!

Gail said...

HI AMANDA - so god to see you my friend. It was a wonderful celebration of his life and dreams coming true - I was thrilled to my core.
Love Gail
peace.....

Just Be Real said...

70's flashback.....

Thank you Gail for sharing the tunes and the times of your son. Blessings to you dear one.

Gail said...

HI JBR-GRACE good to have you come by and share in the music and celebration :-)
Love Gail
peace.....

Tracey said...

Sorry I'm late, but what a great post!!! I'm glad you were able to make the trip to celebrate w/your boo. And by the way, Father & Son/Mother & Son (lol!) has been one of my favorite "Cat" songs since I was a kid. It's so heartfelt. Very beautiful here. Love/light/joy ~ Tracey

Gail said...

HI TRACEY - SO glad to see you here. It had been a while.
Happy Spring
Love Gail
peace.....