CerisierA walk this evening brought wonderful light.  When I saw the cherry tree, I knew I could capture a beautiful arrangement with the cherries set against the rosy sky cast by the setting sun behind me.  Many times this cherry tree has been a foreground or a backdrop to my photos.  A tree with personality, close up it has charm.

Today was a day that started off raining like cats and dogs.  It is also the birthday of my 31 year old daughter.  This brings back sweet memories of the day she was born.  They had to take her cesarean because my labor was not progressing normally, and she was also having an irregular heartbeat.  She was so tiny, barely 6 pounds but I nursed her at the hospital for a few days and they let us take her home.  My little pumpkin I called her or ‘zapallito’ in Spanish.  To think that now she is fully grown and working hard.  Maybe someday she will have a baby of her own.

I called a friend today, my friend Lisa.  I remembered her because last year around this time she and I spent time at her little house near Newport Rhode Island by the shore.  When I called I was saddened to find that she was not at the shore because she had gotten pneumonia 2 weeks ago and is still weak.  Even though she has taken antibiotic for 6 days she says she is still not feeling well.  I sincerely hope she has a quick recovery.

This news brings the day to an end.  One of my adventures today was to go to the grocery store.  Not such an eventful outing really, but something neat happened there.  When I was checking out, the girl at the register and the one bagging were being silly and the bagger blurted out ‘Despacito’ like she was singing a Spanish song.  She said that was all she knew in Spanish.  I told them I was a Spanish teacher and they thought that was really cool.  Then on the way out of the store a woman ahead of me rang a bell to the right of her just before the doors opened to the outside.  As I approached the bell I got close to see a sign on it that read, ‘if you had a good experience shopping, ring the bell’, and so I did.  I thought what a great idea, because every time the bell rings it sends good vibes about the store, a positive energy that flows to the customer and the employees.  It must send a reinforcing message to them that they are doing a good job.  I haven’t seen anything like this before but then maybe I’ve been missing something.  What a brilliant idea.

Tomorrow is another day.  Let’s see what’s in store for this ‘highly dangerous and dysfunctional world’ we live in.  Hope to find more bells to ring.