Sunday, May 15, 2011
The first piece I wrote for Raining Acorns was posted on November 1st, 2009. It was about clearing weeds from my garden on a summer day in Sarasota, Florida. I seem to have come full circle because, although I’m not a frequent gardener, I was in my garden again this morning - this time to plant new growth. Today is also the day that I post my last contribution to this blog. It seemed like a good time to look back at my 31 previous posts.
I went from my steamy garden
to look through my window thankfully as Hurricane Ida passed us by
to (un) Thanksgiving in South Africa
to a movie about a pivotal time in South Africa’s triumphal transition from apartheid
to the dreamy 3D world of Avatar
to a deeply affecting visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem
to contemplating “virtual suicide” in the online world
to photographing the magnificent Banyan trees at my neighborhood Ringling Museum
to memories of my father in recounting our experience with a charging elephant
to a stirring stage rendition of Fiddler on the Roof
to describing the efforts made by South Africa to prepare for the first soccer World Cup on African soil
to being “stranded” in London and Paris by ash from the Icelandic volcano
to celebrating my Mum on Mother’s Day
to compiling a list of weird and wonderful May dates
to enjoying South African restaurants
to reporting the highly successful outcome of South Africa’s World Cup preparations
to prowling the Catacombs beneath Paris
to dining in the pitch dark in Amsterdam
to watching whales on a cold and blustery day in Hermanus, South Africa
to Yonika Shonibare’s marvelous display of beautifully attired child mannequins at the Ringling Museum
to a movie about Facebook’s billionaires
to a gorgeous festival of chalk street art in Sarasota
to baking my husband’s Christmas Cake (again)
to marvelling at a rags-to-riches story
to a wonderfully mild and sunny winter in Sarasota
to listing Oscar’s firsts and lasts
to attending a presentation of the search for Angola, a run-away slave encampment on the banks of the Manatee River
to reviewing a fascinating new book about our relationship with water
to finally end up in front of the television set along with millions of people around the world who watched the Royal Wedding.
So much in so short a time! Of course, I haven't been alone in this venture - far from it - in the time between writing this mixed bag of posts I’ve learnt much more than I ever thought I would, through reading and experiencing my co-writers' contributions to our blog – among them a lovely series about contemporary music by Raining Acorns and of course the always wise and witty pieces by Wide Open Spaces.
Now that I am about to close this short but event-filled chapter of my life I realize that I will sorely miss the connection that I felt to my fellow writers and to all the readers out there. I don’t know what I’ll do next but I do know that my life has been enriched through this experience. Until I actually looked back at my posts I didn’t realize how much I had done and how much of this activity was largely due to this blog. Not only did I get out more and do more, I learnt to look at things differently, to be more curious and to listen more intently. My co-writers inspired me through their excellent writing to do my very best to be worthy of appearing with them on Raining Acorns.
I'd like to say to both of them and to all of you out there who took the time and effort to actually read what I wrote and even to comment:
Goodbye and Thank You.