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The Occupy Blogosphere movement was started by Amy, author of Souldipper’s Blog, to light up the Blogosphere with a shot of positive energy, each week. To read her most recent post ~ and for more information on how to join in ~ please click here: http:souldipper.wordpress.com

Occupy Blogoshpere 21

June 20th, was our fourteenth wedding anniversary, although Martin and I have been together for longer.

To celebrate, we sat out in our garden, until the sun dropped out of sight. Then we retired to our studio, with a couple of drinks and ~ ambient music in the background ~ reminisced about our special day.

I could write about traveling to the registry office, with my mother in a white Rolls Royce; having to ask the guests to lend us the cost of the ceremony, (having changed our money into Francs for our honeymoon in Brittany, convinced we’d already paid everything up front.) Of Martin punching the air as we were pronounced man and wife, then driving us, in our ribbon-bedecked vintage car, to a hole-in-the-wall where I queued ~ in my wedding dress ~ for cash to repay our debt.

It felt golden and magic and neither of us will ever forget it. But our memories are private and too numerous to recount.

And don’t ask me what’s the secret of a happy marriage ~ I’m just cruising along, one day at time. It works for me. 🙂

So, instead, I’ll post this ~ the ending of our favourite poem:

On Marriage

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between
the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress
grow not in each other’s shadow.

The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran.

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Occupy Blogoshpere 20 ~ one day late!

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Today ~ courtesy of my son, Lee and his lovely wife, Tracy ~ I present my granddaughter, Grace.

Grandmothers everywhere will understand this:

Born on 12th December 2010, Grace is now eighteen months old. Beautiful, bright and full of wonder, this perfect little being ~ who has christened me ‘Amma’ ~ lights up the planet, with her smile.

She pesters her Daddy to call me on Skype ~ pointing at my profile pic and saying my name ~ and, when I answer, she claps and squeals with delight. She shows me her toes, eyes, knees and Charlie Bear; sings ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’, with all the actions and turns round in circles until she’s dizzy, collapsing in a giggling heap. Then she picks herself up, licks my face on the screen and waves ‘bye bye, Amma!’

When I travel to the mainland for a visit, she is just as excited to see me ~ climbing onto my lap for a cuddle, showing me new skills she’s learned. When I pull out my mobile to video her she strikes a pose and grins ‘cheese’, then runs to the sofa, where I’m sitting, to check herself out on camera.

When first born, she looked like a tiny saint, praying for world peace:

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But ~ growing up with smartphones and touch pads ~ she’s becoming a techno-babe.

Lee has just set up an email account, in Grace’s name, so that the family can send her messages. She’ll read them when she’s sixteen ~ a virtual cache of childhood memories, stored away as they happen, so that we can all revisit them later. A personal time capsule, in progress ~ what a brilliant idea!

This, then, is my first contribution:

Amazing Grace,
Always remember this: You are beautiful and loved, beyond measure!
Love, Amma xXx

And, before I press ‘send’, I’ll print out a hard copy to keep, just in case. 🙂

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The Occupy Blogosphere movement was started by Amy, author of Souldipper’s Blog, to light up the Blogosphere with a shot of positive energy, each week. To read her most recent post ~ and for more information on how to join in, please click here: http:souldipper.wordpress.com

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This week I’m sharing this incredible You Tube video, performed by cancer patients, their families and staff on the hemoncology floor of Seattle Children’s Hospital. It was posted on Global Awesomeness Report’s facebook page this morning. (http:www.facebook.com/GlobalAwesomenessReport) I trust you will find it as uplifting and heartwarming as I did!

The Occupy Blogosphere movement was started by Amy, author of Souldipper’s Blog, to light up the Blogosphere with a shot of positive energy, each week. To read her most recent post ~ and for more information on how to join in, please click here: http:souldipper.wordpress.com