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A Year Ending

Daddy

At the end of a home cooked meal

When Mommy would ask

If he wanted something more

Would say

I’m full up to here

And put his hand well above his head

Always smiling

Always grateful

At the end of this year

This year of 65

Ah yes, Medicare’s arrival as

A birthday gift last year

At the end of this year

This first year of no salary

On which to depend

And from which to spend

At the end of this year

This first year of freedom

This first year of my own

Adventure

A year of figuring it out

This creation of a business

I am calling by my own name

At the end of this year

This year of beautiful, rich

Courses

Books

Writing connections

Solitude

Even being insular

Of sabbatical

This year of exponential

Growth

Spiritual

Personal

Emotional

Intellectual

Physical (yes, a little I am

Now un-growing!)

This year of saying no

And saying yes

This year of

Challenges bigger

Than the biggest boulders

I could not see around

Interior

And

Exterior

Tears streaming

Of huge questions

Sometimes answers

Sometimes not

Or not yet

This year of

Surprises

Delights

Gifts

That surprised

A spectacular potpourri

A magnificent mix

I could never have anticipated

Or

Predicted

Certainly never designed

This year

Ending

I am

As Daddy

Smiling

Hand well above my head

Over my heart

Connected to my soul

Dancing

I shout the words

FULL UP TO HERE!

Tomorrow

At 4:39 AM

I will

Open my

Heart

Head

Body

And

Soul

To a

Next year

Of

Anticipation

Action

Mystery

Surprise

Immense beauty

Of all kinds

And

Deep joy

In the ordinary

Simple

Reflective

Moments

Kairos time

Daddy also said

Patting the chair next to him

As he sat by the barn

One day

Come

Sit down by me

You do not

Have to be

Doing something

All the time

7 Comments

  1. Terri on June 28, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Incredibly and perfectly put! I feel, hear, and see those words almost daily!!! My father said, “everything will be ok.” Sometimes I question that, but knowing that he knew almost everything (or so I thought) I am ok!!! Sending love for this and many of your other pieces.

  2. Terri Garfinkel on June 28, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Oh how I relate to this piece The words resonate with everything I feel, hear and see in my daily life. My father would say that “everything will be okay.” Some days he was right, while other days he was terribly wrong. Congratulations on completing your first year. How wonderful to have had so many new and older adventures. Wishing you many more!? Love, Terri

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    • dawnsullypile on June 28, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      I am grateful that our parents often said things that somehow made us feel secure in the moment, knowing that there would be times when we would have to go through our own process of figuring life out…the model of yours and my dad’s optimism does stand the test of time. Your father’s words and my father’s words gave a grounding, which, even when they don’t feel resonant in the moment, still hold some echo of truth, often senses even by a mere thread much later. So grateful for our friendship which has taken us to these amazing years! Sending lots of love back!

  3. Tara Bienvenu on June 28, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Beautiful Dawn! Congratulations on the closure of your first year and the opening to the next! Big love and hugs!

    • dawnsullypile on June 28, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you, Tara. The dragonfly continues to land on some beautiful pieces of life! Watch out for next year when the lioness takes charge! Big love and hugs back!

  4. Debbie Bright on June 29, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Spectacular!
    Thanks for sharing… again and again.
    You are truly a special spirit and I cherish knowing you.
    Debbie

    • dawnsullypile on July 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you, Debbie…I am so grateful that you read my posts…and that I know you, too! Miss those early morning conversations! Maybe I should call at 6:30 AM someday!

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