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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.”  Fred Rogers

I woke up this morning, after being away for a week  at my 365 Vegas Meetup, to find a little girl at the side of my bed yanking on my pillow and saying “Up YaYa!  UP! Play!  Me!” over and over . . . until I finally rolled on to the floor and played “blocks’ with her.  As much as I enjoyed my time with my fellow 365’ers, I really missed my precious little Grand Daughter, and apparently she missed me as well!  Moments like this are just to precious to waste.  

I had to document it as my 365 Self Portrait for the day.  I’ll be leaving again in a week for almost a month in Hawaii . . . so I cherish each and every moment I get with her.  I just love watching her at play . . . she is so intent on what she is doing.  One second she’s immersed quite seriously on the task at hand, and the next moment she is reduced to a belly laugh and giggles that consume her whole body.  Who can resist that??  Sure gets my day off to a great start!  

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“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”  L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

I am reveling in the blessing of having my Daughter and Grand Daughter visiting from California for the week.  Today we spent some time in Vancouver at Stanley Park.  I have great memories visiting here as a child, and as well, bringing my own kids here when they were little.  So it was with great joy that I was able to share this experience with my Grand Daughter, and share the memories with my Daughter.

Moments like these are priceless . . . 

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“I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.”  Alex Grey

I took this photo outside the old tack shed where Dad kept the feed and saddles etc for the horse.  He also had cows and chickens.  I am feeling so blessed to have had such a “free spirited” childhood.  We didn’t have electronic devices and TV to entertain us.  We had our imaginations and parents who let us roam and play.  Standing here brings back so many memories . . . memories of experiences that have helped shape the person I am today.  Thanks Dad . . . 

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“Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.”  Primo Levi

I’ve taken a little side trip a few hours north of Ruth Lake to the Chilcotin area of BC.  This is where my roots are . . . as my father spent his early years up in this country as a Cowboy, and later brought his family (a wife and seven kids) out from Ontario, and later California, almost every year.  I have been visiting this country since I was a baby.  The year I married my first husband, Dad bought 20 acres which became known as the Stump Ranch which is literally out in the boonies.  My kids spent many summers riding horses, swimming at the lake a mile away, chasing frogs and exploring the great outdoors.  I am standing in the original cabin that was built many years ago before my dad bought this property.  He and Mom lived in this cabin with no modern conveniences for about 5 years until he died in 1985 of lung cancer.  In that time, he built a new log house – which he never go to live in.  Mom was able to spend many summers here on her own  but cannot do that any more because of her age (she’s now 90 years old).  My youngest sister has just moved here, however.  It’s nice that it will not be so neglected anymore.  

I have many fond memories here . .  

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