2013: January, February, March

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Whit turned eight.  We celebrated with a small party: a trip to the batting cages, pizza, and Lego-shaped cupcakes.

I had a spinal tap.  I do not recommend.

Whit played with his hockey team on the ice during a Bruins game.  This was an enormous thrill for all.

We had a marvelous family trip to Washington DC.

It snowed.  A whole lot.

We celebrated Easter at a place that’s holy for our family: a deserted, wind-swept beach outside of Boston that we love best off-season and empty.

My favorite post from these months, about an evergreen theme, the endless, begin-again effort to be present in my own life: Tears at Hockey

My favorite quote from this season:

Every moment in life is absolutely itself. That’s all we have. There is nothing other than this present moment; there is no past, there is no future; there is nothing but this. So when we don’t pay attention to every little this, we miss the whole thing.

And the contents of this can be anything. This can be straightening our sitting mats, chopping an onion, talking to one we don’t want to talk to. It doesn’t matter what the contents of the moment are; each moment is absolute. That’s all there is, and all there ever will be.

~ Charlotte Joko Beck


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4 Comments

  1. Ari
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I am sure that you read Eckhart Tolle’s Power of Now. The whole book can fit in this quote you posted. Present moment is all we have.
    Have you read The Elegant Universe? past, present and future … all exist at the same time. I like this view a lot, because this means we exist forever.
    I wish i can understand it all :).

  2. Amy
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    That quote. Wow. All we have is now. So true! Thanks for sharing. What a year it’s been for you!

  3. Angi
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I’m sitting in front of my screen, crying as hard reading the hockey post as I did the first time I read it. Those moments hurt so badly. And they come too often. But knowing I’m not alone (I thought of your post very often this year), that I’m not the only mom struggling to feel good enough, helps. Immeasurably. Thank you.

  4. Posted December 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I love when you do these re-caps. Such a great way to look back on the year.