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Something Meaningful….

Phillip and I were having one of our morning talks.

We have clockwork lives, and I’m happy of that. My life runs smoother when I have a routine. I am up between 3 and 5 every morning, start the kettle for coffee, jump in shower, read the headlines, start knitting, sip and wait for Phillip to wake. Once he does, I’m already jacked up on a full pot of java, I make him one of his own, then we start chit chatting randomly.

vlcsnap-2016-03-10-19h55m03s583He caught me watching “Howard’s End” again this morning. I reminded him that every spring I immerse myself in that book and film. He asked quite simply, “Why is that?”

“Because I wish that was the book that was in me, to write. I want to write something that meaningful….”

vlcsnap-2016-03-10-08h42m30s452And that’s when my face turned weird, as did his, and we both kind of looked at each other stunned, realizing I was stuck in the sort of trap that I generally tell people to avoid: yearning for something great and wonderful, and not realizing you already have it.

I HAVE written something meaningful, and continue to do so every time these fingers hit these sad computer keys. I DO write something meaningful….and all of you are testament to that.

vlcsnap-2016-03-07-09h00m55s400I read these great comments about how this blog has changed perceptions, reminded of what’s important, how my book made you laugh and cry and call to current thought of what is important in life: to “only connect,” as E.M. Forster says in “Howard’s End.”

Only connect.

And I enthusiastically say that I HAVE accomplished that with my knitting and my writing. I have become a part of your life, and you have become a part of mine. And no matter what madness may lay outside in the world, this connection keeps me bold and strong, warm and content, fed and loved, comforted and forgiven.

I turned a sharp eye to him and asked, “Will you marry me?”

He quickly said, “Yes.”

And as I kissed him I thought, I HAVE something meaningful. No need to yearn for something greater. Because there is nothing greater than what I have now.

I HAVE already accomplished all the beauty in life that one could ever hope to claim….something meaningful.

vlcsnap-2016-03-10-20h30m00s498“Ankle deep he waded through the blue bells. His spirit rose and exalted as he breathed in the sun drenched air. The glorious day was in it’s last decline. Long shadows lay on the sword and from above the leaves dripped their shimmering drops of gold, green light. Moths and butterflies swarmed in marry hosts, flittering here, glimmering there. But, hush…could that be a deer?”

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24 comments

  1. Fantastic! You’ve done everything that’s important and then took the step so many never do — to look at yourself and know you’ve done it. Congratulations!! And I know you two will be happy and have more and more important things come your way.

  2. Congratulations Gregory and Phillip. So happy for both of you. The sun beam in the front window will look brighter. I found you several months ago and am trying to read older blogs to get to know you better. I just bought your book, Slit slit knit. I love it and its hard to put down. I find that your writing has me looking at all the little joyful things in each day. Thing that sometimes go unnoticed. Thank you for that.

  3. Congrats Gregory! It is amazing how sometimes we don’t see the things that are right in front of us the whole time! Here’s to many more special times and memory making.

  4. Oh Gregory! I’m thrilled for you! What a wonderful decision! Indeed, you have created something incredibly meaningful. You have touched so many lives. And the artistry of your words is second to none. Your writing is as eloquent as anything wonderful that has ever been written. Congratulations to you and Phillip! May your life together continue to grow in Joy and Peace and Wisdom and may it be forever Meaningful!

  5. “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” ~ Glinda, Wizard of Oz

    So happy for your light bulb moment & your engagement! Much love to you both🙂

  6. It is so wonderful when our “eyes” clear and we can see what is the real reality of our lives. Thank heavens you grabbed it right away. Congratulations to you both!

  7. How wonderful!!! Congratulations!! How amazing it is when we realize we have the best….Happy for you xoxo

  8. Congratulations and best wishes on your engagement! I am continually awed by you and how freely you share yourself with the rest of us “out there”. I’m so glad I could be one of your well-wishers for this fantastic news.

  9. congratulations to you both, its strange that sometimes you try and explain things to someone you love and realise you are just sitting in default mode and should move on. Your writing is good and does connect, your blog is one I leave checking to last as I always feel good after reading, even when you put up a note about tough things you balance it and make me smile. You help me see a new world, and a new point of view. Enjoy and much love to Philip and Mario.

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