April 2, 2010. My first blog, dedicated to Lee, my beloved of 50 years, who would have been 85 today, had her heart an lungs kept pace with her spirit.
My goal is to share something new of my self each Friday:
a story, or photo or painting or personal challenge perhaps.
Lee often said that the way to push through fear was to make a game of it. No doubt this began for her in childhood, when softball was the center of her universe.
When I first expressed interest in the computer, about 25 years ago, she pushed me to save my pennies and go for it. It was a Mac, of course, and I think the screen was 11 inches. I counted out a lot of pennies. It terrified me. Now she knew nothing about computers, but she knew much about me. So one night she presented me with a gift of a computer Scrabble game.
“The way to push through your fears, Bonnie, is to make a game of it” she pressed. And she was right. After about a month of Scrabble, my fingers no longer trembled when I pressed the on switch.
At that time of life I carried a little beige tote bag with the logo “chronic student”. I still have it. “That’s you, Bonnie,” everyone said, laughingly. Lee continued to indulge my meanderings.
Even in those days I loved taking transparent slides, but it would be two decades later before I started painting or writing. Back then I had just changed careers for the umpteenth time, and was scattered in many directions, all fascinating. Now I hope I can resurrect some of that curiosity and inspiration.
This blog is my effort to keep learning and finding purpose in life, as I move into my eighties. Thanks to all who nudge, push, help and challenge me. Especially these days Myrna, Sandy, Jan, Cheari, Cath, my creative writing group, and my wonderful painting critique group, Water Color Connection. Enjoy, and while you’re at it, be playful!