SoCS – Dan’s in the House

I was quite surprised to see Dan in charge of SoCS this week. I think he did a nice job challenging everyone with his prompt. I knew he would not make it easy on us. Pop over to Linda’s place to join in: Life in Progress – check out the rules and the contribution of other bloggers. (Pssst, Linda’s hanging out at the bar with Cheryl, Dan, and David so pop over there, too, especially if you meet the challenge and get to collect a free drink on David. Skippy’s going to be sad he missed this one!)

This week, the prompt is:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “inspire/aspire/expire.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all if you want. If you use two, you get bonus points! If you use all three, Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab. Enjoy!

It is a beautiful autumn morning here. The temperature is moderate, the position of the sun has shifted and now beams into my living room. If we had a cat, there is no doubt this would be a preferred sleeping spot, sprawled out in the midst of a sunbeam.

I cannot help but think about my children this morning. Each with their own families. I try to think back and remember if either of them had aspirations of a particular career. My son has his own business and has done well as an entrepreneur. My daughter lost her job during the pandemic but has fought back and now has the best job she’s ever had. I marvel at both of them and I am so proud of all they accomplished.

I never wanted my children to aspire to have the same career I had or to follow a similar path. Instead, I wanted them to find their own aspirations and live a life that made them happy. The only real goal I hoped they would aspire to was being a good, honest and kind person. Both have exceeded my hopes.

Now they have children and I see them working hard to inspire them to follow their dreams. It is so fulfilling to see them each come into their own. Even as young as four, I see exploration and determination. It gives a grandmother all the good feels.

At this stage of life, it can sometimes be a struggle to find new footing. To decide how to spend our days. I did not feel any sense of loss by leaving the workforce. It was a relief to me. The great thing about life, is that its chances and opportunities do not expire. We can choose any new path at any time.  And I find that inspiring.

(Cheryl, what good microbrews do you have on hand? I’m on my way to the bar.)

20 thoughts on “SoCS – Dan’s in the House”

  1. Well done, Maggie and I enjoyed the nice reflective nature of this post. It feels so good to see our children happy.

    Cheryl has a couple pumpkin spice local brews, both IPAs. Personally, I recommend the Naughty Nurse Amber by Hartford’s City Steam Brewery.

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    1. It is the best feeling in the world, Dan.

      I think I’ll opt for the amber. IPA’s can be a little bitter for my taste.

      You did a great job today, Dan. I am sure Linda was pleased – both for your post and her visit to the bar!


  2. I enjoyed reading this, Maggie. It will be interesting to see how our life shifts when my husband retires — it’s hard to imagine both of us being around all day…

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  3. Dan did a great job with the prompt. I love your goal for your children to be good, honest and kind. Since mine have struggled with career issues, I’m thankful they got some good, honest, and kind from me, along with a love of nature. Retirement does open up more choices and possibilities. I hope you enjoy your free time.


  4. I hope you got your microw brew Maggie, I had a double Bacardi and coke, because I fulfilled the rules of the blog twice and rules are rules and we only get one drink! 😅 I really enjoyed reading about your hopes and dreams coming to fruition via your children and grandchildren. I have similar feelings 💜😃😃


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