Thursday, August 19, 2021

Grond Girl

I'm baaaccckkk.....

I am finally back at my Swiss keyboard after spending the last 7 weeks in the United States.

It was an emotional roller coaster of a trip. (understatement)

The main order of business was repatriating and celebrating our youngest daughter, Maureen's launch into adulthood.

I won't bore you with the *feels* of saying goodbye to my just-turned-18-year-old, but there is no doubt in my mind that she will. be. just. fine

In fact, I know she will THRIVE in this new phase of her life.

Another order of business hugging my oldest daughter, Colleen after 18 months - and of course, taking many selfies with her:

Pismo Beach, CA

 

We also visited family. Lots. Of. Family.









 And the final order of business for our trip was getting all the things we can't get here in Switzerland.

4 checked bags worth!

From food:

To home furnishings:
Blackout curtains (installation pending)

To personal care items...

Now, if you are a regular reader here at wee words for wee ones you may have seen some of the throw back pictures I sometimes post. In those pictures you may have noticed that my hair was brunette back in the day.

But premature graying (in my early 20's!) drove me to the bottle...the bottle contained inside a box of American drug store hair color.

Wash away the gray and go grond! (gray+blond=grond)

grond girl!

 My poem today is a rainbow reflection on my trip abroad.

red 

- my eyes from allergies, insomnia, and tears

 orange

- two birthday goldfish, Squeak and Squish, whose bubble surfing intermittently distracts someone from missing her dog

yellow

- my hair because life is short, my gray came early, so I went blond. And with my American supply, I have enough now to dye another day

green

- tiny Matchbox car rolling over carpet, couches, and legs, driven by an almost two-year-old who holds the key to many hearts

blue

- someone's pillow tucked under her arm, spilling into the narrow aisle on the airplane so she can lay her head on something familiar in her new home

violet

- the circles under my eyes matching the sky above the mountains just before the sun appears dawning a new day on this side of the world

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

 

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27 comments:

  1. Loved hearing about your rainbow of a summer... Sounds jam-packed! 💕

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    1. Thanks, Tabs! Yes, jam-packed and went by in the blink of an eye and took forever simultaneously. Go figure. :)

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  2. Oh my, welcome back, Bridget. I love seeing all about your summer, understand about that feeling of goodbye to your daughter growing up, love all the colors in your life!

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    1. I need to get going with Mail Chimp, too! Thx for the reminder!

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    2. Thanks, Linda! Yes, this new phase of life is going to take some time to get used to, but it'll all work out. Regarding Mail Chimp, it is pretty easy. I like being able to craft an email myself and schedule it rather than feedburner automatically sending one out at will (or at won't ;)

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  3. Oh, friend. I am right there with you with the empty nesting, and so far I am not a fan. Kudos to you for making rainbows out of these days!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! As we navigate empty nestdom, let's prop each other up. Sending you good vibes. :)

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  4. What a happy post! Thank you for sharing your family with us. Your use of colors in your poem is clever and each little vignette seems just right. I hope you are enjoying being home.

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    1. Thanks, Janice. Yes, I'm glad to be back in the groove of my home routine, but acclimating back to my Swiss timezone has proven to be somewhat of a challenge after all those weeks in the PST zone. Alas, I shall overcome. :)

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  5. LOVE your color coded reminiscing of your trip, Bridget! Happy to know you had lots to celebrate! Thanks for participating in the round up this week! ~Carol Labuzzetta~

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Thanks for being the hostess with the mostess on my first Friday back the blog saddle. :)

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  6. Bridget, welcome back to the Poetry Friday community. I, for one, missed you and your wee ones posts. Family first is the rule of the day in your household, I see. I hope everyday of your summer was as delightful as you portrayed in your photos.

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  7. Your rainbow summer was filled to the brim. Welcome back to Poetry Friday.

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    1. Thanks, Jone! It's good to be back among the kindest community (and oh so good looking!) on the internet. :)

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  8. Well, a happy but also poignant post. I'm about to bid farewell to both kids and leap into the Empty Next. I am very sappy (sad+happy=sappy). Bridget, we lived in England for five years and in France for one. I clicked through all the photos first and when I spied the photo of CHEERIOS I knew exactly what it was about! I love your rainbow reflection and glad you get to HA dye another day!

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! I love your take on this phase of our lives: "Empty Next" and being "sappy". Yes, real American Cheerios are the best. :)

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  9. Hi Bridget! I am new to Poetry Friday this summer. I'm happy to meet you here and enjoyed your pictures and colorful reflections!

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    1. Welcome, Marilyn! I'm happy you joined our PF community - you will not find a kinder, smarter, or better looking bunch of poets on the internet. (or anywhere really... :)

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  10. Welcome back Bridget. What an emotional summer you've had. This poem is lovely - poignant, yet also with your trademark, punny humor. Wishing all of you a smooth adjustment to this next phase of life.

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    1. Thanks, Elisabeth! I'm looking forward to feeling more comfortable in this new phase. Time will help. And of course, poetry! :)

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  11. Welcome back! Happy Rainbow Summer! Happy Hair Dying!

    Good for you figuring out Mail Chimp. We switched over to WordPress so we could hopefully keep email subscribers. But here's what's weird: I'm still getting email notifications from your blog via Google, so I assume via Feedburner. What's up with THAT???

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    1. Thanks, Mary Lee! It's good to be back amongst my PF peeps. :)

      Ugh, Feedburner is SO confusing! They have been sending emails for months about how they are discontinuing, hence my switch to Mail Chimp. Ugh. Sorry to inundate you with emails.

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  12. Welcome back, Bridget! What a busy summer you've had, and I can only imagine the height of those ups and downs! I love how you organized it all into a rainbow.

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    1. Thanks, Molly! Yep, both the ups and downs were (are) dizzying, but at least it inspires some poetry! :)

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  13. What a summer, jam-packed with so many emotions and feel good pics… Love your rainbow poem, and especially your violet ending stanza, thanks Bridget!

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