“Friendship makes prosperity more shining
and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.”
Cicero, 44 B.C.
It’s a Wet, Windy Wellington Wednesday night and I have plenty of thoughts running around my brain but nothing cohesive to put into a blog. Oh how often I have started a blog with similar words over the past couple of weeks!
As it is Wednesday I have just returned from dinner with two of my grandsons. It was rather special because neither of the parents were there and so I had the boys to myself. James, the eldest at 17, has now moved through the monosyllabic stage and talks to his Granma about many things. He kept me entertained while I prepared dinner for the three of us. He still is undecided what he will do when he leaves school at the end of this year and is investigating several things but none with any great intensity.
His younger brother is getting over his knee operation and spends most of his time lying on the bed watching TV or sending messages via text or email to his many friends. Strangely at 16 he hasn’t been monosyllabic in fact, if anything, he has always talked too much. But he is still sad that he has had to leave his school in Auckland to be at home while he recuperates.
Then on the way home I tuned into A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. I have written about this before and how I really enjoy this programme. for the uninitiated it is set in a fictional town Lake Woebegon where “the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are above average.” Tonight it passed the time very pleasantly while I drove through the rain with several stops for road works. The road I use to come home from my son’s house is State Highway One and they (whoever they are) are constantly working on this road. Hardly ever do I come home without encountering road works somewhere.
Earlier in the day I sent Andy onto his next destination. Patti at A New Day Dawns gets to host Andy in Virginia Beach. I do hope the weather is better for him there than it has been while he has been with us. We have had some really glorious and warm days but we have also had many days of rain. And the last couple of days have been ghastly! So farewell Andy; travel well and take care.
What else? I had a conversation with a man in the supermarket car park. He was objecting vociferously about people parking badly and making it difficult for others. Although why he was carrying on in this way was hard to tell. There was plenty of parking available for all. Well perhaps he was miffed because he couldn’t park really close to the store and so had to get his nice shiny shoes all wet. And why he chose to tell me his problems is beyond me, although I have said before that I talk to people and they usually end up telling me their life stories. But today I didn’t want to stand in the rain learning anything at all about this miserable man.
And now it is 11 pm. Time for all good women to take themselves off to bed with a final cup of coffee, a good book and their trusty companion.
- Garrison Keillor Heads Sixth ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Cruise (moroccotomorrow.org)
- Artistic Inspiration: Garrison Keillor (panhandleprep.com)