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Perfect Moment Monday: Lotsa Boca goodness

What is a winter-bound gal to do when Festivus is in the rear view mirror and spring is still weeks away?

If she’s lucky and the stars align, she heads to the fictional and hysterically stereotypical Del Boca Vista.

I got lucky and the stars aligned. Roger had some work to do in Boca Raton and my parents agreed to take care of our children for several days.

We had a series of perfect moments. From our greeting at the airport by this mojito bar (far too early in the day to partake, though):

…to hanging out with Roger’s parents, who took a break from the Boston winter and drove down to meet us:

Once I discovered, via Twitter, that Lindsay was also in Boca Raton, we arranged to meet for lunch and — what else? — mojitos. Here we are tweeting about our good fortune from both sides of the table.

Perhaps the most touching perfect moment took place on the beach with my mother-in-law. As you recall, Lisa is dealing with advanced lung cancer, so time with her is precious. While our husbands were talking sports over a beer at a bar , we two spread our towels over the sand, enjoyed the smells and sounds of the seashore, and talked about what heaven might be like and who might be there.

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It was incredibly relaxing and de-stressing to be off-duty, child-wise. Reverting to our adventurous and carefree days did a world of good for Roger and me. And it was equally wonderful, though in a different way, to reunite with our kids and my parents upon our return. Clearly, I’m suffering from an overdose of perfection this week.

Pobrecita, I know.

The Limerick Chick contest closes Monday night — make sure to get your entry in. Voting begins soon so plan to check back next week.

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Perfect Moment Monday: Homing

Roger got home early from work one afternoon. He headed upstairs to change clothes and I followed him.

(Don’t worry, this post isn’t going there.)

We reclined on the bed and talked about our days, checked in with each other in a way that we don’t often get a chance to do.

(Still not going there.)

Before long, it was time for the kids to get home from school. We waited with anticipation to hear the commotion in the front yard, right below our bedroom window, that would signal their arrival.

We heard the first sounds as the children walked up the street,  and both of us leapt to the window. Tessa and Reed were strolling toward the house, chatting with each other, their body language showing only happiness and camaraderie.

They were unaware that we were watching them until Roger rapped loudly on the window. I joined in and both kids looked up, puzzled. Quickly they realized that we were their personal welcoming committee. Their faces lit up, all of us joyous at our reunion.

I love the image of our home as a magnet, gentle with our leavings each morning and always, always drawing us back together.

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Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between.

Once a week we engage in mindfulness about something that is right with our world. Everyone is welcome to join.

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Perfect Moment Monday: Now and then. And now.

I cuddle in bed with Tessa and do to her what I love having done to me:  I stroke her hair as she falls asleep. I caress her brow ridge. I line the contour of her ear. Such intimate gestures occur with only a few very special people in one’s lifetime.

As I marvel at her beautifully full cheeks and peaceful expression, I get lost.  Yup, I do the time-travel thing again.

Dwelling in my heart are aches from the past week. It has been filled with mother-sadness, first about my mother-in-law’s prognosis, and then with the death of my good friend’s mom (my friend was able to be at her side. As I write, the burial is taking place. I have been with my friend in spirit all week, many states away).

So with heavy heart but light spirit, I move into the place where time and space become fluid. I feel myself old. Like 90 years old. Resting, weary…

I feel my grown daughter’s hands stroking my hair, caressing my brow ridge, lining the contour of my ear. She has such love in her eyes for me. Older now than I was on that night so long ago. Tessa is fully independent and capable of going on in spite of the deep loss my eventual death will bring her. I have lived a good life; I have done well at the important things.

In an instant, I came back to now. Insha’llah, I get to live 40ish more years. I get to love, stroke, caress, hug, enjoy, endure, witness, feel, experience all that my life is and will be.

The thought wows me.

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Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between.

Once a week we engage in mindfulness about something that is right with our world. Everyone is welcome to join.

To participate in Perfect Moment Monday:

  1. Follow this blog.
  2. Between Sunday night and Tuesday night, write up your own Perfect Moment somewhere on the web or simply leave a comment below (if you do the latter, skip #3).
  3. Use LinkyTools below to enter your name (or your blog’s name) and the URL of your Perfect Moment.
  4. Visit the Perfect Moments of others and let the writers know you were there.

Once you make a Perfect Moment post , you may place this button on your blog.What Perfect Moment have you recently been aware of? Visit these moments of others and share your comment love.