In a Field of Buttercups
One of the first things I learned about life is that it is not what we expect it to be when we first start out. I remember as a little girl, sitting in a field of buttercups beside the Somass River, thinking that this was going to be my last summer before I became a "big kid" and started school. That was when my real life would begin. I also had a very strong sense that, no matter what I did, I would really have no control over how my life unfolded. That proved to be very true. "The best laid plans of mice and men..."
Child with Red Hair Reading
Lilla Cabot Perry
When you were a child, you amazed everyone -- me, your grandparents, your cousins, your friends' parents. People were amazed by your easy talents and abilities. All of the other mothers wanted their kids to be your friend, so some of whatever you had would rub off. That made me laugh. But you have always been overly modest about your talents and abilities, and that makes me sad. You are extremely intelligent, funny, talented, capable and accomplished. You are the backbone of your family. What would they have, if it were not for you? Think about. And consider too, all the people you have helped in your profession over the years. You have changed people's lives. Changed people's lives...!
I always knew that you would be a good mother, and you are. Your beautiful, smart, talented children are a reflection of you -- utterly and completely. And you have made a wonderful home for them, in addition to managing your career. Just don't let any other human being on this earth make you think you are less than. You have all sorts of people who admire you, and they're cheering you on. All of us are given just one "kick at the cat", as Gambie used to say (poor cat...). We have to make the best of it, even if sometimes things don't turn out the way we expected them to turn out. But, if we take a chance and shake of the ennui, who knows -- sometimes things turn out even better.