We've all heard the old saying "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".
It bummed me out to think I am dangerously close to not being able to say anything at all. This state of affairs calls for a vacation...
(...which I can't afford...)
(...which I don't know how to do...)
...or dropping out...
(...which I am too stubborn for..)
So. That leaves me...where? Here, of course. Which is where I always am.
Tonight, I read three favorite books with Wee Lass, at bedtime, handpicked by her because she knows I like these particular stories. It's the Zen series, by Jon J. Muth. Wonderful, wonderful books. Thoughtful, intelligent and illustrated with some gorgeous watercolors.
The central figure in the stories, as some of you may know, is a big panda bear named Stillwater. He is friend, teacher, sage and roshi all in one. He makes tea, paints pictures and tells stories. I want to Stillwater to be a friend to me, as he is to the kids who live nearby. Mostly, I want to be Stillwater.
I have a lot to learn.