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May 15, 2018

we enjoyed such a sweet weekend with s. she's so easy going and positive, remarkably patient with all our quirky personality issues and patient with our usual "buttons".

we took in the forest of saguaros at the national park. most of them are loaded with buds now and some of the buds on almost all of them are popping open. it was a real treat to see this as she is usually here in december. some of the prickly pears are also still blooming. the palo verdes are mostly finished now but there were many trees blooming with a delicate pink blush, all small flowers and no leaves. it was quite windy the day we took the hikes there and we'd never seen the saguaros blowing in the wind. that was mesmerizing in its own way. lots of white winged doves darted across the skies between the saguaros and the gila woodpeckers were vocal. we were grateful for the cooling breeze which made the temps in the 90s with hot sun feel a little more bearable. we visited the center for creative photography after a picnic lunch. we enjoyed the ansel adams photos used as insets inside the same scene now as shot by two other photographers (can't recall their names now) in a collaboration with rebecca solnit. we ate dinner out at wisdom's.

on mother's day we visited the museum of art after a leisurely breakfast and video call with em, signing the hokey pokey. so sweet. we took lots of photos and sent them to em from the museum, animals or funny poses or can you find this or that in the artwork. s has a way of making every thing funny. c posing next to two cowboys, a short video of the birdwatcher (me) talking about a painting full of birds in an evening landscape. (em likes birds and can already name a few!) from there we window shopped on fourth ave and ended up at a patio pizza place. we stopped by reid park to check out the city's orchestra's "music under the stars". the conductor had rodrigo's accent but not quite the same flair altho he did have a spark of personality all his own. (c and i have been watching mozart in the jungle, an amazon series about the nyc symphony orchestra. rodrigo (the maestro) as well as other plots and twists have kept us entertained enough to stick with the episodes. we're now on season two. so we looked on all the musicians on the amphitheatre stage at the park and wondered what intrigues were going on behind the scenes, haha.) we didn't stay long (just a few pieces) as c and s were feeling tired. but the concerts will continue thru june so c and i made a new discovery and will pack a picnic supper with some beverages of choice and lawn chairs and show up for another for sure.

her last day was a tour of local rec activities which included watching mom and dad at a pickleball class. we ate linner out at about 4 and then spent the evening on computer related questions and assistance. she was a very patient, competent adviser. i marveled at how different she is now than she was even 10 years ago when she might have had enough patience to explain some tools to c but would have never been capable of more than the quickest question/answer session with me.

our kids grow up. they mature and change in ways we could never predict. they forgive us for mistakes we've made. they delight and bring joy to our lives in new and enriching ways. every day i think of some thing i've learned from them, some experience with them or by watching them live their lives that has made my own life so different, so much better, that has made me a far better parent, a far better person!

very early this morning we dropped her off for her flight back to work. the house was way too quiet when we returned home so i drove over to the courts for pball. i played for a few hours, ending with a game where tom and i dug a nice hole, behind by 7 points, then climbed and clawed our way up and out and ended up winning. another example of this game's frequent reminders about never giving up.
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