Back from Vacation
Short Takes returns after a two-week hiatus when I was on vacation. I spent five days in San Francisco and then flew to Chicago where my grandkids live. We flew from Chicago to Iceland to join a National Geographic Family Expedition. In San Francisco I met with friends Lisa and Janet to plot out a collaborative book project on women of accomplishment who were overlooked by history. We’re off to a great start.
Older women in Iceland display a confidence and ease with aging, very different from the way many older American women agonize about their aging process. I was reminded of a similar comfort with aging among women in Amsterdam. The comparison is aided by the fact that the women in both countries are tall and fair. (Nothing like some height to enhance a feeling of authority, said by a short woman!)
A Trip to the Blue Lagoon
We bathed in the famous Blue Lagoon, a thermal pool, sought out for the relaxing and healing properties of its mineral-laced waters. One can swim to a small stand in the middle of the Lagoon where a staff member dispenses lotion that hardens into a facial mask. Surrounded by a sea of white faces and steam arising from the warm waters made the experience resemble a sci –fi film. I bought a tube of the Blue Lagoon’s mask and applied it this week. My skin burst with life after I washed it off. (I may be a new woman by the time I finish my tube!)
The Joys of Traveling with the Grandkids
I feel privileged to be able to afford a trip with my grandchildren who, at 13 and 12 are now as tall as their grandmother. They’re growing into smart, funny, kind people. I’m proud of them and adore their company.
Praying for Peace
Like most of you I’m hoping that #45 doesn’t take us into WW lll. I’ve signed petitions appealing for a rational, diplomatic approach to North Korea. Let’s hope that a restraining force is at work in the universe. We’re overdue for a reinvigorated peace movement!