Sheelagh Cabalda is a partner, mama and educator, who has worked extensively in youth development, cultural studies, multicultural counseling, cancer support, higher education, events administration and non-profit management. Redefining success is a combination of positive & changing self-concept, inner directedness and a balance of priorities. It is personal empowerment -- taking charge over what we can control & accepting what we cannot. Every day is an attempt to do just that.
" . . . poetry is our most ancient form of prayer, is a healing medicine . . . can be a nondenominational form of prayer, a companion through difficulty, a doorway to the soul, and a direct conduit to an inner source of joy, peace and inspiration."
thank you, Great Spirit, for the words
that bespeak our deepest thoughts . . .
Delphic like the massive plunge of the inlet's sandbar
. . . that connect to our most heartful memories --
saddened that our loved ones will not be seated at the dinner table
to celebrate holidays like today --
blessings surround us
like the bayshore's lapping waves
as we whisper thanksgivings
in Horseshoe Cove, our humble sanctuary
What I miss
The holidays don't seem to be the same without Dad. As A. & I drove home down the NJ Turnpike, we talked about what's different. We still shuffle between our families -- Thanksgiving lunch with his family, dinner with mine. The same people are in attendance -- minus Dad. And then I realized, our gatherings lack a certain color to them that Dad always managed to radiate. While some family members can be quite colorful, it's not the same extroverted banter that Dad enthusiastically shared during the holidays. He had his moments that would leave us in bellyaching laughter, unable to breathe. And that's what I miss most.
I guess that's why younger kids' crazy energy is so delightful at family gatherings. A strong reminder to be in the present. Thank you to my nephews, two-and-a-half-year-old J. & one-year-old-plus S., for being my amusing prompts today!