Archive for November, 2009

Kenneth Joins the Army

March 17, 2009 my son Ken joined the Army. I wasn’t excited about his choice to enlist in the Army, especially being in his thirties. It was great visiting him and having him share the benefits as he sees them. Ken has a great attitude and will be an asset to all he serves with and for. kens-family0309He will be in basic and advanced training to be an air traffic controller for over five months and then when he gets his assignment his wife, Heidi and children, Blake, Cathryn, and James can join him. Thinking about Heidi taking care of the kids while Ken is away reminds me of when my kids father worked on the Alaska Pipeline for two seasons and was gone for many months. 

 

Serendipitous San Diego

San Diego has to be one of my favorites! I enjoyed the beauty, people, history, ocean, weather and ease of getting around.p10002831 Mary ended up with a ticket that she wasn’t going to use because she had no one to go with so I hastily volunteered. Balboa Park was beautiful with exquisite landscaping and well maintained buildings dating back to 1915. We rode an open air trolley around the park. The Timkem Museum was an interesting collection of art donated from the Putnam sisters. We could have spent an entire day in the park, but opted to venture on across the “blue bridge” to Coronado Island. There we walked the shore watching the sail boats, ferry, people and pelicans fishing. We ate at a BBQ restaurant in the shopping village. Yummy! My favorite shop was the art studio and my favorite artist was Grant Pecoff for his whimsical and colorful scenes. Next we head off to find Hotel Del Coronado.Hotel Del Coronado It is as grand as ever. Did you know, ” Some Like It Hot” with Marilyn Monroe was filmed there? The hotel was built in 1888. We rode the steel cage elevator. The lobby was magnificent with it’s pure elegance. In the garden was a tour of Dr Seuss statues. People of all ages and nationalities were enjoying them. The Gaslight Quarter was a must see we didn’t need to see. I guess it is for a younger crowd then we are. It was a huge restored section of San Diego alive with the bar scene. We had a hot dog. We would have enjoyed it more in the daylight. The old buildings were beautiful. Of course the streets were lined with fancy street lights with big white bulbs. We met Mary’s son in law, Patrick who is visiting the city for a doctors convention. We strolled the Seaport Village. Seaport VillageWe ate lunch at a restaurant that was extended over the water on pilings. We had the skyline of San Diego on one side and the harbor on the other. The sidewalk was lined with shops and people enjoying the park. There is a fun, gigantic sailor statue on the shoreline. We walked around the USS Midway. The USS Midway was the longest serving aircraft carrier that operated from 1945 to 1991. It looked longer than a city block. Carlsbad has “to die for” strawberries! We ate breakfast at an Armenian Restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway in Carlsbad. We wanted to find the 50 acres of flower fields which we did, but we were a few weeks late. We shopped in the flower shop there and bought some strawberries. They were a real treat!Strawberries On to the Sicilian Fest 2009. It was in Little Italy, San Diego. Very fun. It was several blocks long, blocked off with four stages and vendors lining the street. We enjoyed the various entertainers, flowers, happy people and the music that filled the air. Then we walked a few blocks past the fest into Little Italy and had pasta dinner in an Italian restaurant. We found an art show that was the shop of Grant Pecoff, whose work we had admired in the shop at Coronado Island.Sicilian Fest We wanted to at least see the beach near where we were staying in Del Mar. It was very beautiful. There were surfers, dog walkers, joggers and the thing I enjoyed the most, purple flowers everywhere and of course, the azure surf. While I was waiting for Mary to arrive in San Diego I walked a few blocks of Broadway on the brick sidewalk imagining what it would have been like in 1888 when my Grandma Edyth was born there. I explored the Horton Plaza that is built in the same place Horton began his dreams of a city of splendor and read other history accounts of the area. I also enjoyed the transit system with buses and trolleys. To see more photos go to my Photo album.

 

You Are Valuable

A man was exploring caves by the Seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. dscn19032 As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone! copy-2-of-dscn1950 Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left.Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away! me-at-kanapali-beach It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person. There is a treasure in each and every one of us. Take the time to get to know that person, and, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth. May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.