January 12, Palo Alto, CA: Mom turned 56 today. Still pretty young. Had a great afternoon strolling around Palo Alto. Listened to some thoughtful insights into married life and parenthood. It also felt great to hear that others enjoy my photography. On days like today, I wish I could bottle the calm, the quiet pace...and sip it in more frantic times. But maybe then I wouldn't appreciate today as much.
I am thankful that mom is still in great health and great spirits. I am thankful to have heard from Dad today. Thankful to have a new job. Thankful for the wisdom of friends. And thankful to be able to reach out to them when they need support.