I think mine is a tossup at this point between the early years of my children’s lives, and right now. Back then, as a young mother, I had not learned to live in the here and now, but I certainly enjoyed raising them and finding that kind of love. Now I am much more in my present, and enjoying my college age children!




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  1. ladybarbara 4 weeks ago

    Gosh!!! Each chapter of my life had happy moments and the folding up and putting away that chapter, when it ran it’s course and came to an end. Oddly, at the end of each chapter, I had a feeling of freedom and celebration. The Barbra Streisand song “Free Again” played in my mind. Back to being me again! Then onward to another chapter of life and new shackles. Do it again and do it again —- like a kid on a playground climbing the ladder and sliding down the slide, knowing that the slide was hot on my bare thighs and stung. I’d hit the sand and go back to the ladder for another slide-ride, again hot and stinging my bare thighs. That was life for me.

    Every chapter of life had it’s uncomforts, but it also had it’s joys. At the end came the feeling of freedom and knowing that I would find joy again in something else that is out there waiting for me.

    The last day of work, when I started my retirement was a magic moment in being me. That first Social Security check!!! Sleeping in and no one cares that I spend the day in my nightgown. No one cares that I sleep when I want to. Freedom !!!

    Nowadays, I sleep in and get up feeling the empty house full of cats wanting morning rations of food and num-num treats. I look in at Immortal Pirate and see that he is still sleeping. I sit in pure joy —- ME TIME!!! I enjoy my morning coffee and celebrate the beginning of a new day. Now is the happiest time of my life.

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      Scarlett 4 weeks ago

      @ladybarbara wonderful to read! I am glad you are enjoying yourself and that IP is good to you. I like my morning coffee and solitude. I find joy in the no trauma/no drama life right now. Mundane, simple, and boring things make me happy.

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      • ladybarbara 3 weeks ago

        @Scarlett The other day, a silly thing made me happy. In past relationships I have looked into the peanut butter jar and wondered how the hell my partners were scooping up the peanut butter. One partner must have put his fingers in the jar — yuck! Another partner made the peanut butter look like an explosion took place in the jar. My late husband stabbed at the peanut butter, as if in anger of having to make his own sandwich. I’d look in the jar and see deep stab holes. In each case, I would scrape the sides and pull the peanut butter out — leaving a gentle swirl in the peanut butter left in the jar. The swirl would relax and look creamy for the next person to make their assault in the jar.

        I have gotten so picky about the peanut butter that in the insanity of my old age I have my own private jar that I keep all to myself. Immortal Pirate has his own jar of peanut butter, as well. Then I opened Immortal Pirate’s private jar. I was pleased and a bit overwhelmed to see a creamy swirl pattern in it, as if I had been the last one to use it. ——- Sometimes living with him is like living with a taller version of myself. I got this deep feeling of love for this man who gently swirls the peanut butter in the jar, leaving the sides scrapped clean. I was so full of love that I went to him and told him about the swirly creamy look of his peanut butter jar and how it made me love him that much more. ————– Now, he must think I am fully nuts, totally insane. But he took the compliment, kisses and hugs in his stride. It doesn’t take much to overwhelm me with sheer joy. Sometimes it is the little things in life that make me smile.

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  2. immortal_pirate 3 weeks ago

    What was the best time period of your life? In all honesty, any time when I was out at sea. There is something about the ocean that is indescribable.

    Going forward, what do you think will be the best time period of the remains of your entire life? The future isn’t written yet…perhaps the fact that it is the unknown adventure, an undiscovered country if you will…(also waiting for the mother ship to return and rescue me from this lump of dirt you call a planet).

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  3. five2one 3 weeks ago

    Probably, right now, but it is hard to see. I believe the better is yet to come.

    Times of respite from difficult times, have been the best times, as I responded elsewhere to a similar question of yours. Having a feast after starvation.

    I starve a lot. Some things, I have starved for, all along.

    October, November, of 2010 was pretty major, as I had just come out of some major ‘feasting’ which I had starved for, for a very, very long time. That time was not good, but afterwards, was very good.

    Usually, this has been, where I had an impossible belief, which I found, finally, justified.

    But, this sort of thing is nearly unexplainably good.

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