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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Guest Post...Privet and Holly

What an honor to be guest posting
for my dear friend Anne, one of the kindest
and most inspiring bloggers I've had the
pleasure of knowing since I first stumbled
through this blogging door.

One of the greatest gifts that I have received
from blogging is the recognition that no
matter our age, stage or geography, we are
all connected.  I have either walked in your
shoes, will walk in your shoes or want to
walk in your shoes!

I wrote this post at the very beginning of
my blogging journey and I invite you to
walk it with me, once again, as our sweet
Anne takes a much-needed blogging respite.

Anne, I often see myself, in you....

Privet & Holly

My niece ~ loving what she sees!
You, yourself, as much as anybody
 in the entire universe, 
deserve your love and affection.  ~ Buddha

I saw

As I drove around
I saw myself
in the woman
coming out of the bank

and the mall

and the library

I saw myself today
in the woman
walking with her little son
in the park

Then I saw myself
in the young woman
wearing business clothes
high heels click-clicking
down the aisles 
on her lunch break
at Target

I saw myself today
The little girl skipping 
out into the school yard
sunshine on her face
back pack and a smile

I saw myself
in her grandmother
arms open wide as she 
greeted her in
the car pick up line

I saw myself today
in the college-age baristas
the laughs and banter
behind the counter
at my favorite coffee shop

I saw myself
as well
in the couple
waiting in the
pharmacy at Walgreens 
my husband's aged hand
clasping my own

Everywhere I looked
I recognized myself


 the past

the future

And I whispered
a blessing
of love and
each one.

Have a wonderful
week ahead!
I hope to
see you

images:  click on each for attribution


Dearest Suzanne...thank you SO very much for providing me with this wonderful
post. Your voice is one of reason and wisdom, and I am so very thankful to count you
among my friends.

Life plods along here on this end, hoping to return soon.
Miss you all.


Wishing you all a very blessed and fruitful Lent


1 Funky Woman said...

Great post! It is weird how one can she herself in all people and all phases of life! Lovely pictures!


Farmgirl Paints said...

That was beautiful Suzanne and so true. I definitely identify with all those women. So glad to count you both as friends. said...

I love that Suzanne!!! Just beautiful. Miss you Anne but take your time coming back. No pressure here. You take care of yourself:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Tricia said...

Awe, one of my favorite posts of Suzanne's ever!! ;)

Unknown said...

Suzanne, you always have such a way with words...some days you have me crying, some laughing, but most posts have me thinking for sure. It's wonderful how blogging has brought so many friendships. I love Anne! And hope she is doing well and miss her bad :)
Becky C

Glenda said...

I love that post, just beautiful. "My husbands aged hand clasping my own." That is me. My husband is a few years older than myself, and I often look at his hands as he holds mine. They tell the story of son, husband, father and now a papaw. I am the girl in his life that notices. Thank you both for this today!

Theresa said...

Sweet post Suzanne, I see myself in others also... young and old:) Have a blessed day and thanks for posting for my sweetest ever friend, Anne...

Love you Anne, miss you bunches!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

I needed those words in your post today Suzanne. Thank you for guesting for Anne (miss her and her posts but glad she has such great friends).
- Joy

Alice said...

What lovely words. Thanks for taking the time to do a guest post for Anne.

lisaroy said...

I remember this post of Suzanne's - one of my favourites :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful, thought-provoking post Suzanne... thank you! Thinking of you, Anne...sending loving thoughts your way! XO to you both!

Unknown said...

So moving and touching, thank you both so much!

Olive said...

That is one of my Favorite posts of Suzanne's. But it is mighty hard to pick a favorite at Privet and Holley. Hugs to Anne and Suzanne! ♥O

Privet and Holly said...

Thinking of you
today, Annie!!
What an honor
to guest post here,
for a woman who
has been a true
role model for me
in this beautiful
blogging community.
Sending you BIG
hugs today, sweet
xx Suzanne

Lili said...

This is one of my favorites of Suzanne's posts (but I do have many that are favorites, because she is that good!) Sending lots of bloggy love to you Anne and Suzanne! xoxo ~Lili

Bring Pretty Back said...

The words in this post were speaking to me. How I thank you. The photo of your niece looking at herself and loving what she sees... I wish we never lost that!
Have a pretty day!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a wonderful post, Suzanne...such words of wisdom. If I am not all these women, I want to be.


savvycityfarmer said...

Coveting prayer for my dear friend Anne.
thanks Suzanne for such heartfelt words.


I love Suzanne...and have enjoyed all of your guest post! Hope you are filling up and getting strong again :)

Joanna said...

Beautiful post from Suzanne, and so very perceptive. I too have seen myself in so many people but hadn't really connected them to me, if you see what I mean? Reading the post I had one of those "YES!" moments.

Thank you for sharing Suzanne with us, Anne. I'll pop over to her blog for a wander round.


Ms. Bake-it said...

What a fabulous post! It too sometimes see myself in others - past, present and future.

Anne - you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you are able to return soon.


Linda said...

A wonderfully thought provoking post to truly ponder over. xxx

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh how I love it.....really,really love it! Thank you so much! Chrissy

deb christensen said...

that was beautiful. and the perfect example of how wonderful blogland is - being able to support and befriend and relate to each other, sight unseen. thank you suzanne, and thank you anne. take good care of yourself.

Anji Johnston said...

What a wonderful guest post - made me sit back and think of how prcious life truly is. And it doesn't matter where we are, who we are or who we want to be - we are one and the same the whole world over. Thanks for this Anne. I hope you are safe and happy and well.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

You know since my little bump in the road happened to me I notice more around me. This post is just beautiful...a keeper for me!!

trash talk said...

I hope the road you're walking on is getting smoother, straighter and heading to Warrenton.

Stitchfork said...

Yes - two of my favorites in one spot - Anne and Suzanne! Wonderful post!
xo Cathy

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