Give children a camera and they give you beautiful pictures. Pictures of such concentration that you find yourself stunned while admiring them later. Contemplating their photos you will get a glimpse inside of their souls. There is no pretense, no calculation, just trying to do their very best. When you give them trust and confidence in their abilities, children go out of their way to show you what they can achieve. I love to hand my camera to my granddaughter or to Nicole who is one of Jazmin’s twins. I tell them be super careful, and don’t touch the lens. They take instruction so seriously. My heart smiles a lot when I see them experience taking photo’s from a professional camera. They catch on so fast, it really is wonderful to watch.
I had so much time in Cali, Colombia while recovering from my hip surgery you would think I would have finished my book. Yet, I didn’t even finish a chapter. I was uncomfortable from the heat, and I was uncomfortable from the recovery process, and I was uncomfortable with the unpleasant memories I was writing down. I was longing for my own home, living in peace at Villa Migelita Ecolodge. Let’s just say I had a bit of writer’s block. I anxiously counted down the days until I would be back where I have my tranquility. A serenity that keeps me grounded since Misha was murdered. My place of nature and the lovely hummingbirds I watch while writing. I didn’t realize how much I need my Villa and my surroundings to find the place inside of me to write! How much I love to hear Spanish songs playing as cool breezes flow through my home, always open and and filled with bright light, even when it is raining.
My Jazmin is my person. She is my rock, it took a long time to get to the place I am at here in Colombia. I have done something really difficult, I will share all in my book. It is not easy to leave your own country and move somewhere else. I have been through hardships, but I still would never change a thing. I love it where I live. I am where I should be. I have learned an important lesson. Family is not always blood. Family can be people who find you, or you find them. The children in the countryside of Colombia love to play like I did when growing up. The twins and Jazmin live with me. If I have a guests the twins can always go to their aunt’s home, usually no one wants that.
My children spent their summers in the Great Smoky Mountains and had a way of life when they were not in school to discover hiking and nature exactly like I live here in Colombia. I always think Misha looks at my life from wherever her soul is and enjoys how I live my life in Colombia.
The Sunday I came home from Cali I brought the twins of Jazmin to the zoo for their birthday. They turned 11 years old that Sunday and had never visited a zoo in their life, nor had Jazmin. It was a day of great enlightenment for me. I have given my children and my granddaughter many gifts in my lifetime, but I have never seen such happiness from children in my life as I did that day. It was a complete surprise for them, we even covered their eyes until we entered the line to purchase tickets. The joy, the unbridled happiness, the exquisite beauty of this one moment in time is embedded in my heart forever. They had the map of the exhibitions and every single check was marked before we left. There was no asking for any toys when we wandered by gift shops, there was only let’s look at this exhibit, we haven’t seen it yet. I’m not a fan of zoos, but this zoo in Cali is wonderful and I need to say I’m wrong about zoos now that I took the twins to see the animals on their birthday. I will always admit when I am mistaken. Zoos are important for education, for rescues of animals that are endangered. They are important for children who have never seen animals before. I hate to even admit this. If there is no cruelty, and education is involved, then we need to let go of our own opinions.
With this I say enjoy some photo’s that Nicole took. I am impressed. The cover photo is hers. I love living my life one day at a time. I love that I have been recovering quite well from major surgery. I also love I have an adopted family that loves me without condition.