Over the mountains and through the plains,
To grandmother’s house we go!
Our car knows the way to drive all day
I hope we won’t get stuck in the snow!
The fourth verse concludes with “hooray for the yummy pie!” But, alas, there was no trip and no yummy pie. Wisely, the long drive across four states was postponed till August when two family reunions will take place. No worry about snow drifts and howling winds; just temperatures in the 90’s and thousands of motorcycles roaring into Sturgis, SD for the annual rally.
The reunions, no matter the size or configuration, are always worth the wait. My brother and I, now the family “elders” realize how quickly the years go by. Our family has not been together since 2005 when we celebrated our dad’s 90th birthday and our parents’ 65th wedding anniversary. Since then our parents have passed on; we’ve welcomed four new grandchildren into the clan (my brother’s and sis-in-law’s grands); my granddaughter sits on very cusp of her adult life with high school graduation in 2015, my grandson holds steady smack in the middle of boyhood - soccer champ, lego king, math and science whiz. From Alaska to Colorado to Ontario to Texas, we will come together in South Dakota to become acquainted again.
Our reunion will piggy-back on my son-in-law’s family gathering in Colorado which will easily include more than 60 relatives from all over the country. The SD gathering will be much smaller – 20 at most – and both will be equally amusing, adventurous, very sweet and not long enough.
So the holidays have come and gone and I’m getting back to writing. Thanks to all of you who have been keeping up with my postings, my stories, poems, photos, while crafting your own busy lives. I appreciate your interest and the comments you share that keep me up to date with you. In this new year, I’m beginning or returning to a familiar undertaking: Medicine Tree Wellness Center. The name and location here in Hot Springs are new and the services I offer are the evolution of the work I’ve done for many years. My focus is on what is whole and right in our lives, and on all the many ways we can strengthen and build upon our wellness in body-mind-spirit. It’s a broad look at bringing balance and ease into areas that call for healing and love. Despite harm and symptoms and chaos that we may encounter, I see so much evidence that we are growing in love and generosity; we are maturing into compassionate beings. That changes our physiology, our emotions, our hopes and dreams. My approach as we work together is to be an experienced guide, a partner, a soul friend, a resource.
I’ll continue with reflections and poems and share more stories as the year moves along. I hope you will still journey with me. I wish for you many opportunities to discover wholeness and love in this new year. I know you will find it!
Medicine Tree Wellness Center
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Hot Springs, South Dakota
by appointment . . . 360-393-0872