201 Two Babies in One Day

I have this month of focus on joy, and look at the landslide! All of it will be challenging, require a lot of growth, and will move our society forward.

My mind wants to start with social commentary, but my heart says this is a chance to focus on joy, the beauty that things that are ugly can create.  So much beauty. 

Cream mushrooms on the side of a big brown tree. Photo by Michele's friend Amy Hixon
Mushrooms Photo by Michele’s friend Amy Hixon

Abundant mushrooms are growing right now.  All sizes, shapes, forms and colors.  They are showing up.  It’s the season.  The decomposing matter.  Amy documents the mountainous varieties in beautiful, spine tingling photography.  We can see them in our grass and the yard’s forest floor.  They are transmuting the past.

Yesterday, Kayleen and Conner’s Christmas card arrived.  An iconic oven front, ready for holiday baking.  When you pull on the handle, there is a bun in the oven.  The baby is due in May.

Saidi also sent new pictures from Kampala, Africa, pictures of his baby son.  A note saying that the delivery was normal, Mom and baby are doing well!  Shazal has longer hair than his papa.  Adorable.  Hope.  A new world.

Baby Semakula Shazal born December 2, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda, with brother Shazil, sister  Shainah, father Semakula Saidi and mother Halimah
Semakula Shazal born December 2, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda, with brother Shazil, sister Shainah, father Semakula Saidi and mother Halimah.

Although I’ve teased about this one being long in coming, Rylie and Joey also announced their engagement last week.  It has not been a long time in coming!  It just feels like it, given my time lines. And given the obviousness of their paired path.

And so when we sat down to dinner tonight, Shante and Mark puzzled about their year of weddings, six to be scheduled so far.  They have hope of staggered plans so that they can attend them all.  But it does look precarious, and hopeful.  They also have people in their world that will welcome babies.

So much joy!  I have this month of focus on joy, and look at the landslide!  All of it will be challenging, require a lot of growth, and will move our society forward.  I feel so blessed to witness this moment, this stage, the mushrooms spreading across the forest floor.  Gratitude.

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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