Somewhere, in the last few days, I either read or heard someone say, "that made it worth it."
Something, in life, made life 'worth it' for whoever said that, real or fictional. (I only read fiction these days--four or five books a week--no wonder I can't remember where I heard that.
But it made me think about 'what made it worth it' to live my life.
In my life as a priest I baptized almost 800 children and the rare adult. I was the celebrant at over 600 funerals. I was the one who pronounced almost 400 people married--including 2 same sex couples.
All of that 'made it worth it' to have been alive.
But as a man, I have raised two children who turned out better than I could have imagined.
And I have three remarkable grand-daughters who make my life golden.
And I've been married to Bern for 43 years--full of joy and pain and wonder and worry and fulfillment beyond anything I deserve.
All of that 'made it worth it' to be alive.
More than 'worth it'--amazing, astonishing, profound beyond belief.
I'm so grateful for having been alive. Really. Beyond reality--just perfect.
And I say 'thank you so much' to whatever powers that be, to God and Allah and Yahweh and Jesus and Buddha and Moses and Mohammed and all the others I'm forgetting. And the Goddess. And the stars in the sky and the planets in their courses and the Universe itself.
It has been so 'worth it' I can't even put it into words....
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- watching Bern in the yard
- odd day
- Fireflies, Nintendo, bug zappers, my cat Catherine...
- buying a suit
- The Captain is leaving the ship
- From hitting kids to hitting Obama
- Nearly the last word I have on adults hitting kids...
- Elbow redux...
- Spare the rod and spoil the child
- Hitting kids
- Autumn light
- "That made it worth it...."
- One thing I notice
- Coming home
- Chicago 2
- going again
- The adventurous trip home...
- The birdies, redux
- The Birdies...
- No more Mister Nice Ocean
- Congregations of Sea Birds
- Three sleeps...
- Pelicans and a south facing beach
- Liver pudding
- Light Show
- Mimi and Tim
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