Sunday, July 01, 2007

A Glass Half Full--and a Life Fully Lived

Terry Starbucker over at A Glass Half Full has invited me to participate in a little "future dreaming." This meme was started by April Groves who wrote:

I introduce to you, the “Opi.” Comes from the Greek word “opiso.” Now, I am no Greek scholar so I maybe way off…but I searched for “future you” in a greek dictionary, this word popped up and I liked it, so I used it. It refers to the hereafter. The Opi is to be written of the future you in the present tense.

So here I am, ten years later:

I'm sitting in the swing on my backyard patio watching the sunset. My oldest son is 24 and has just graduated from college with his degree in chemical engineering. My middle child is visiting her best friend in Texas during her summer break from college. My thoughts turn to my youngest son-- he is now almost twenty. Where have the years gone?

I've accomplished more than I thought I would in ten short years. I'm now on my third book and the book tours have been an enjoyable means of seeing the world. Hands & Voices has grown to a large organization that is now found in several countries. Everyone involved in the organization has recognized the value of each and every deaf and hard of hearing child and the communication methodolgy wars are a thing of the past. We've broken through the reading barrier and the average deaf child now reads at grade level.

The hubby and I are celebrating over thirty years of togetherness. We've been married 28 years and have grown to love each other with a comforting deepness. In the past years, he has learned to curb his habit of making me wait for him every time we need to leave the house. He no longer leaves the newspaper piled up for weeks. His provides daily massages and has become a skilled chef. My days are now filled with relaxed muscles and incredible meals. He has hired a crew for weekly house cleaning and I haven't touched the vacuum nor mop in years. (Hey, I'm really liking this dream stuff.)

The sun is waning in the sky and I take a sip of my frozen margarita. The last ten years of life have indeed been very good.

I look forward to the next ten.


Terry Starbucker said...

Good one Karen! I think we all want to get to that point where we are kicking back with our favorite beverage in our hands, looking back on our lives and just breaking out in a big, wide smile. Cheers! All the best.

April Groves said...

Wow! That sounds so's hoping for your next ten years!

Marti said...

I adore your dream future! (Especially the massages, book tour and cooking & cleaning! LOL)

I hope all of your dreams come true!

Best wishes to you and your family for a fabulous Independence Day!

Christy said...

Oh, that really does sound like a dream! Wow!

I just gave you a blogger award, you can find out more about it here,
Congratulations for being so awesome!


Dawn Colclasure said...

Wow, what a nice dream! I do that too, sometimes. In mine, I am 50 pounds lighter. LOL :)

Karen said...

Fifty pounds lighter-- I should have dreamed of that too! :)

Karen said...

Aw, thanks, Christy!

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous. I am trying so hard to hold onto each moment with my children, but they continue to slip away.

Congratulations on such a fruitful 10 years!