Thursday, November 3, 2011

NabloPoMo - Day 3

"You gain strength, courage and confidence
by every experience in which you really stop
to look fear in the face.
You are able to say to yourself,
I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thank that comes along.'"
Eleanor Roosevelt

Making a wish!

Getting ready to blow!
Her feet actually left the floor after extinguishing all 40 candles!


There are few things in this life that make me smile more than being in the company of my daughter, Weneki. The thing is we live on opposite sides of the country so our time together is rather limited. I don't know if it's maternal instinct or just the bond we've forged over time. But sometimes I can conjur up a vision the little bald headed baby the nurses laid in my arms 40 Septembers ago and actually see the stages of her life pass by as she became the awesome woman she is today.

Like most of us who have lived any length of time, Weneki has experienced some heartbreaks. I believe it's her losses that have made her more.

More courageous.
More giving.
More understanding.
More adverturous.
More flexible.
More willing.
More beautiful.
More interesting.
More loving.
More loveable.
More herself.

I could write a book about this gal o' mine, instead I'd like to share with you a part of an email she recently sent out:

I’m going to Camp Mighty this November. It’s a retreat where people get together to have fun, trade ideas, learn some things, make Life Lists, and find inspiration to live big. That may sound a little woo woo, and I suppose it is. But those of you who know me well, know that I’ve got the woo woo in me. And I’m always looking for ways to soak up life whether it’s through live music or fitness goals or an amazing sandwich or hang time with friends and family.

So, #106 on my Life List is “Do some good.”

To that end, we have a Camp Mighty group service project for "Charity Water" You may have heard of it before. I actually donated to this cause back in August after reading about 9 year-old Rachel Beckwith on CNN. Charity Water’s vision is simple: Clean, safe drinking water for everyone on the planet.

And 100% of the money raised will go directly to people in need.

Have to admit, I take clean water for granted. We’re very lucky to be able to drink when and how much we want. And do as many loads of laundry as we need.

So there you have it, straight from the horses mouth, my daughter is a little woo woo. And that's one of the things I love most about her. I can't help but marvel at her willingess, even though she is sometimes prone to bouts of anxiety, to step out of her comfort zone to "soak up life." Now that's a pretty good example to set, don't you think?
Today I'm thankful for all the stars in the universe but especially for the one that I call my daughter.
Merry ME


AkasaWolfSong said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Beloved Daughter Weneki, Mary...and I call woo woo, Passion, passion for life and everything contained in it and it sounds like this amazing young woman is full of that! Of course she comes from a pretty amazing Mama! :)

Happy Birthday Weneki and Thank You for loving our Planet and its Waterways....Truly, Truly!!!

Thank You Mary for sharing Weneki with us!

Did you notice the orbs in the photos with her? Just sayin'....

Radiant Blessings to You and Weneki!!!

terri st. cloud said...

i so loved this.
i don't have a daughter and when i read stuff like this i get all teary and happy. it's such a cool cool thing.....
great great post! your daughter sounds so wonderful!

Patricia J. Mosca said...

Here is to more people having a little WOO WOO!

Anonymous said...

Is it me or is that cake on fire?

Mighty kind words, dear Mamacita! Thank you kindly. I think it helps one be awesome when she has such a wonderful Mom to lean on and cheer her on. Easier to be brave when you have somebody so strongly in your corner.

To the woo woo,
Weneki the Awesome