The Center of my being

Good Morning. Beautiful Day. I awoke this morning with was surfing the net and reading the trend. It stated that yesterday,  evidentally  was,… “Daughter’s Day”. Who knew? Huh? I am not the least bit surprised, I mean, America has a dedicated day for everything imaginable. What I do know, is the blessing of having a beautiful, blooming, every changing, wise beyond her years, honest and talented daughter. A secret wish I held inside since I was a young child myself. To be blessed with a daughter, and find my prince charming.  I had an extraordinary mother, friend, confidant and mentor. I was extremely close to my mother. We were quite alike in many ways, and, quite different in others. I believe now, my baby is 25, that I too have an extraordinary relationship with my own baby girl. One I cherish, One, I am thankful for everyday. One that continues to grow and amaze me with each passing year. One, loving, caring young woman who has been my champion, my sounding board, held me and cried with me through my grief and loss. Cheerleaded me through my victories and promotions. She loves me, takes care of me, how blessed am I?. Very.  My little dreamer, a creative little creature with many hidden talents and ever so bright. I often reflect on the shy little girl who clung to my thigh and hid her pale sparkly blue eyes.  Today, she stands an inch or two taller than I, she has a hearty, high pitched laugh that is full of love and joy.  A mane of auburn thick long hair, and tiny little freckles here and there… Yes, my friends, it goes that fast. In a blink, she is a woman, on her own, staking a claim, making a difference, melting my heart and winning in the game of love & life. She explores every aspect of living. She has motivation, faith in her heart, she is good inside.  I admire her. I am proud of how she sets goals, enjoys the finer things in life, yet appreciates nature and simplicity. She is a mini Martha Stewart and we enjoy sharing recipes, crafts, festivals, shopping and pampering ourselves together. I have a bestie now, just like me and my Mama.  We talk daily, we spend time together weekly. She shares from her heart, we talk about everything and anything. We are in sync, she helps me find humor in so many quirky everyday things.  We have mommy & me time and belly laughs and heart to hearts.  I respect her. I trust her, somewhere, somehow, I must have done something right. I look at her and for a moment feel the stars align. She is a forced to be reckoned with. Strong with her opinions and vocal with her beliefs and feelings too.  My daughter, has worked so hard at loving herself. Learned the importance of taking care of herself, her health, her mind & body & spirit are aligning.  It is beautiful to watch and sit on the sidelines and cheer. Inside, I am elated.  All a mother truly wants, is to see their child be happy. Be loved, be kind and generous. A mother feels her child in her soul.  She hurts when they hurt. If only my daughter knew of my overflowing pride and joy I carry deeply inside, she would see her pale, sweet freckled face, smiling and giggling with me.

So, Happy Daughter’s Day to all the beautiful, strong, committed, brilliant young girls. One day, you certainly all will rule the world.  *peace


~ leelee

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Summer fades and so do the sunflowers…

Grateful morning to you all. I seem to shelf my leeleemoments more often than I would like.  I read a boat load of blogs, followed them for years, and I look forward to playing catch up with my favorite bestest blogs I adore. You, the reader, start to know the blogger like a neighbor, an advisor, a good story teller, a mother, sister, wife, a person behind the blog. Every so often, a blogger will post something that simply connects you to them. The bond, via social media, can be powerful and even life changing. Inspiration comes in so many ways. I seek it constantly. It can be as simple as a massive weeping willow tree I stumble upon or it can be from reading someone’s moving story or a surprise miniature sunflower that I discover in my flower garden.   As the summer fades, and the light changes with each sunrise and sunset, I reflect a lot. Memories and flashbacks swirl in and out of my head.  It gets darker, much earlier, the days are slightly shortened now.   I dream and pin* crazy pumpkin things, and I decorate here and there with dark, rich floral, colors and wreaths. Autumn on Long Island is quite heavenly.  I am always amazed when I stroll through my vegetable garden. I say, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!  I continue to harvest plum tomaotes and funny looking cucumbers, and the crisp little peppers that keep coming, steadily. I harvested tons of fresh herbs and the aroma grounds me. It’s the simple things, yes indeed. I water my annual flowers, they are still blooming and thriving.  We hold onto what is left of summer, anticipating and planning what is ahead.  The holidays approach, and I am apprehensive and pensive about what they will be or bring. A couple of upcoming weddings, gives me hope and stability. Life continues, it waits for you. I am slowly, steadying my feet. Anchoring, engaging and continually loving myself, gently, accepting.  One step at a time, one day at a time, we get there, the best we can. Enjoy your day!

love, leelee