A good friend wants you to succeed, go far and wide, send back
messages in postcards or emails. Then fill them in, when they return
on all the fun experiences you had while you were gone.
Parents, teachers, ministers, priests, pastors and neighbors who
have been closely involved in your life, will hope for you to soar.
Everyone gets excited when landmarks, new homes, positions,
artwork is purchased or put into an Art Show, books or articles
are published or degrees are achieved.
Sometimes I feel a little guilty when someone is telling me a part
of their life, sharing places they have gone or about their close,
special relationship. They sometimes have a passing ‘regretful’
look that shadows their personal happy story they are sharing. I
would be the first one to tell you this: No apologies needed.
I have led a very full and happy life so far. Go ahead, please ‘gloat’
or explode with your own triumphant moments. This is what life,
friendship and love is all about!
I felt this was such a fantastic quote I saw today:
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
In the interest of not bragging but enlightening you, I will share
my adventures and places I have been. Please take the time to
share some of your own. I truly wish to hear about where you
have been, what you found there or any successes you have
had in your lifetime.
I have had some great travel adventures.
I like the idea of going once again to see islands.
Have you ever been to any islands?
Just to name a few, I have been on the beaches of such foreign
places as Mallorca in the Mediterranean and Puerto Vallarta
in the Bay of Mexico. Spent time on such nearby ones as on
Port Clinton and seen the glacial grooves on Kelley’s Island, in
Lake Erie. I have found a wide variety of beautiful shells on both
Sanibel and Captiva Islands. I have been diving into such crystal
clear waters of quarries and waded in the reefs that hold oysters
and lobsters, along New England’s coastline.
The heights I have been are not as high as some have traversed,
but I have seen the depth of the Grand Canyon from the Eastern
side of it. I have enjoyed the Hawk’s Nest view in West Virginia, the
Natural Bridge and “Cake” rock formations at parks in Kentucky.
The Appalachian Mountains are not the same as the Rockies, but
the Smokies have wonder and eerie overlooks and turns.
Up in Maine, I saw the whales and many kinds of trees. In Upper
Peninsula, I saw where the Edmund Fitzgerald’s sunken remains
were discovered, The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, I
have been in the castle in Charlevoix and found all to be unique
I have walked on boardwalks along swamps, seeing Spanish moss
and palm trees.
Wildlife came in so many different ‘packages’ so far in my life. I saw
such vibrant birds and wildlife in Florida. My kids caught those wild
chameleons and wanted to keep them.
Everywhere I have been fortunate to travel and visit has had something
that captured my imagination. The manatees swimming like lethargic,
graceful sea creatures along with the bottle nosed dolphins (the first
found in the Gulf Bay, the latter in the Atlantic Ocean). All were such
pleasant surprises to my family.
The public places, museums and churches have always filled my
mind with details and history. Famous people whose homes or
masterpieces were amazing:
Ringling Brothers, Thomas Edison, Salvador Dali, Picasso, Thomas
Jefferson, Washington Monument, Abraham Lincoln sitting on his
great chair sculpture and the Statue of Liberty holding up her
beacon of Hope. The Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the
Moon in Mexico gave me a ‘taste’ of what the Egyptians created.
The Smithsonian, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry,
along with the Museum of Natural History, the Spanish National
Museum and art museums in many major cities all should have
been given more time, sitting and studying.
Churches included Boston’s Trinity, the tiny villages of Mexico, the
big churches with their magnificent stained glass windows found in
Madrid, Seville Cathedral and Cleveland’s St. Augustine Parish are
just some of examples of where I have been. These were locations
one could not help but feel the awe, passion and sincere reverence
those who worship there feel.
“Where have you been, Billy boy, Billy boy?” reminds me of how
someone may ask about details of your experiences. They may
express excitement for what you have seen, heard, smelled, felt,
touched and tasted along your paths in life. This song comes from
a folk song/nursery rhyme from 1930.
The Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, The Places You Will Go,” celebrated
its 25th Anniversary in January, 2015. There are workshops,
follow up business courses and spin-off’s on the theme given
in this fantastic book.
Here is a quotation to give you a glimpse of the wonder and
treasure this book by Dr. Seuss wrote for us all to share. We
may give this as a graduation gift, sending our loved ones off
into the world.
“On, the places you’ll go!
There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.
There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with. . .”
(the text includes a ball to be thrown but
I think we can submit any effort or choice
the person prefers…)
“Makes you the winning-est winner of all.”
This is what I added to one of my children’s copies of this
Dr. Seuss book:
Get ready to share something extraordinary and we will be
there to listen, catch you and hope for more to come.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Lots of experts, scientists
and other famous people have ‘try, tried again,’ finding they
learned from their failures.”
~reocochran, otherwise known as “Mom” or “Nana.”