Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Waiting for Mr. Darcy





I knew
it would 
happen.

It had to.

When you
fall in love
for the first
time....
and you 
 are both fifteen.....

Well,
it's only
a matter 
of time
until a heart
gets broken.

We've had
such a summer
here at
Privet and Holly.


It began with
this message,
from her boyfriend,
in her yearbook:


Have a great
summer.

She thought
he was going
to be part of her
summer....


Kind of.
Sort of.
She hoped.


Although,
looking back
she realized
the writing
was on the
wall months
earlier and 
she'd chosen 
to ignore it.

A lot of
our very
best conversations
happen in
the car.


We've spoken
at length about
what she learned
from this
relationship....
What traits
she wants,
someday
in "the one" ~
characteristics that
are important
to her and worth
holding out for.

One day, after
ruminating
on love
and marriage
{me behind the
wheel, she
in the passenger seat}
there was 
silence.

And then she
softly declared,
"I want a Mr. Darcy!"


She'd read
Pride and Prejudice
in school and we'd
recently rented the
BBC movie version
of the book.  She
admired Mr. Darcy's
honor, his ability
to communicate
with the written
word, his honesty
and willingness to
declare his love.


Yes,
he's handsome
too!


{I have to admit,
I'm a bit smitten
with him, myself!}

When I was in
seventh grade,
I fell in love
with my first
book to
silver-screen hero.

Deeply, madly
heart pounding
and pulse racinging-ly
enamored.....

....with Rhett Butler
of Gone with the Wind!


Now, if I'd been
acquainted with
Mr. Darcy,
it might not have
been Rhett....


But at that
time, it most
certainly WAS!

Have you ever
fallen in love
with a literary
character or
one from a 
movie?  An
actor or singer?

Please,
do tell! 

It will be
just
between
us : )


xx Suzanne

A million thank yous 
from the bottom of 
my heart to all of
you who left such
inspiring and uplifting
messages about my dear
friend, Kathleen.

Her journey
begins today and
your words were
the most special
bon voyage.





[images: 1-4, flickr
{click for attribution}
all others: google]

Friday, July 23, 2010

Metamorphosis

1. (noun) friend 




a person you know well
 and regard with affection and trust 



When 
you've known
someone
almost half
of your
life....

Three Muskateers, 1998

{from newlywed
working girl ~
to hoping 
to be a mama ~
to mama!
to mama
of older kids}

Always
there for you

2008

beautiful

kind

loving

compassionate

kindred spirit

When does
that person
change from
friend
to
family?


2006

Isn't it
strange
how
non-relations
can become
closer
to your
 heart
than some
of your own
family members
with whom
you share
the same
blood,
the same
ancestors

but who
don't really
know you
as well....

2009

Know that
you cry
easily
from emotion.

Can become
so animated
that you
finish her
sentences.

That you
have
an old soul
and love
the same
pretty things
as she
does.

2007

That you
have untold
questions
about spirit
and faith.


All our
children,
now out
of
elementary school...

Giving us
freedom
to fly farther
from the
nests,
together.

Charleston
in January

Na-da Farm
sale in May

Savannah
in June!

2010

My dear
friend
Kathleen

sister of
my heart

About to
take a new
journey

Through 
surgery
and possibly
radiation
and chemo...

A different
trip than our
others....

But one I will
be with
her, on
every step
of the
way.

I love you,
Kath!



Dear blogging
friends, please
send your prayers
to my soul sister,
Kathleen
for her surgery
on July 27th
and for
the journey
that lies 
ahead.
We both
truly believe
in the 
power
of your
positive thoughts
and prayers.


[images: P&H archives!]
First pic is our
girls
Summer 2007

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Feeling {Scent}imental

Nothing
 is more memorable 
than a smell. 
One scent can be unexpected,
 momentary and fleeting, 
yet conjure up a childhood summer
 beside a lake in the mountains.
~ Diane Ackerman



Wishing you
the  perfume
of your
favorite flowers


the comforting
aroma of
fresh-baked
bread


the sweetness
of baby shampoo
from a
little bald head


The earthy
smell
after it
rains


the salt-laden
scent of
the ocean



the pungency
of herbs,
crushed between
your fingers


the warm
bouquet
of candles,
redolent with
vanilla




the fragrance
of
suntan lotion
warmed
by sun-kissed
skin



What scent
conjures up
your 
favorite
memories?






images: P&H
{and three taken by my
generous sister-in-law
of my sweet
brother and their kids}