Saturday, August 09, 2008

Saturday Morning

This is another photo I took while in Alaska.  Although it is not beautiful per se, I took it because of the context.  These are fishermen, standing in a creek, in the middle of Anchorage (you can see a tall building behind them), at about 11:30 p.m.!  Since I haven't posted a picture for a few days, I looked through my rather small library of photos on this computer and came up with this one...

It is Saturday.  I am going to the 6:30 a.m. meeting - for the 6th time this week!  Then I need to do my grocery shopping for my son's birthday dinner tomorrow.  And I still need to buy him a birthday present.  I think it is so cute that since my son's 4th birthday in 1980, I have asked him every year what he wanted me to cook for his birthday.  Every year it is the same, "lasagna."  And for dessert?  Banana Cream Pie.  So I asked him again this year.  He told me "lasagna," and when I asked what he wanted for dessert, he just said "you know!"  He was gone for the last 2 years, so it is special that he is here and can come to his mother's for dinner.

It is so wonderful to be thinking about all this ordinary and boring life stuff this morning.  What a wonderful thing it is to have no drama going on.  

"Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things - these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes.  True ambition is not what we thought it was.  True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God." -- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 124 - 125


9 comments:

Syd said...

It sounds like he has good taste in food. I hope that you two have a happy day. And that your weekend goes well.

dAAve said...

I hope this is the best Saturday you've had this month. Banana Cream Pie could make that possible.

Laura said...

When my mother was still on this earth, I would on occasion be blessed enough to be with her on my birthday. She always asked about the meal I wanted....and I have done the same with my sons. It's a great tradition and brings some kind of stability and warmth, I think.

Hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration!

Scott W said...

That quote is my favorite from all our literature. I cannot read it without tearing up.

AlkySeltzer said...

Your "ordinary and boring life stuff" is certainly NOT ordinary and boring...just ask anyone who doesn't HAVE it! (MY life today is also ordinary and boring--just for today. Maybe. At my age, ya never know!)

And, reading your 12 and 12 quote, I know that you--and I--and many others here today, are thanking God for our "ordinary and boring lives" today.

indistinct said...

great post.

... wonder why I feel hungry ...

Lou said...

That is an excellent quote.I really could relate to that today.

Bill said...

I dropped by in the nick of time! What time is dinner???

Not God said...

Hello Ms. G. I need to catch up with you. I've been gone but I'm back now.