Tuesday, August 5, 2008

all you need is love

Love means the body, the soul, the life, the entire being. We feel love as we feel the warmth of our blood, we breathe love as we breathe air, we hold it in ourselves as we hold our thoughts. Nothing more exists for us.

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck.

Guy de Maupassant (b. 5 august 1850 –1893) french naturalist writer

last night we returned from a quick trip down to metro dc. the summer birthday extravaganza continued as sunday it was my dad's 86th birthday. I'm so grateful that so many of the family could gather for dad's birthday. in fact, only one grandkid (he's in korea) and my brother-in-law (he's in africa) were missing - we missed them, but could feel their energy across the miles. the love of the group provided a boost for both my dad and mom. bette davis once quipped "old age ain't no place for sissies." no one would ever accuse my dad or mom as being sissies, but there are some tough days - but they are going forward with spirit and spunk. happy birthday zed! and many more!

we took a different route home yesterday than we normally do in order to avoid some potentially long delays due to road construction on I-70. I actually prefer the slightly longer route home, it took us through the mountains of western maryland and parts of west virginia and I was able to capture another sign for my friendly town series.

the beatles singing an anthem for all of us to embrace.

photos: friendsville, maryland; insert me and my family of origin 3 august 2008.


Squirrel said...

Nice looking friendly family!

R.L. Bourges said...

Funny you should mention shipwrecks and old age on the same post. One of Charles de Gaulle's most famous quotes is: "La vieillesse est un naufrage". (Old age is a shipwreck). I happen to disagree. Watching myself and my husband age, I seee it more as a Master Class in handling the things you thought you knew - but didn't really. Demanding, Bette Davies had that part righ :-)

Best to you and the ones you love, petite souris.

tut-tut said...

Friends and love; seems to be a theme today! Lovely family portrait.

L received some information from Oberlin yesterday; we may be in your vicinity this fall!

Dumdad said...

Make love not war - whatever happened to that sentiment? We never learn but we can't give up!

bitchlet said...

I love your teeshirt.

Bob Dylan said...

love this post.

John said...

Your folks look happy and very much alive! Loved the quote about the duty of gov is to avoid war. I want to ram it down their goddam throats.

Coffee Messiah said...

How great to have your family live so long.

Your Dad looks Happy and is still a wee lad......

Cheers to him and your family! ; )

WAT said...

A healthy congrats to yer father for making it this far, and many more wonderful years ahead for him and your mom. I say, that smells of good strong genes to be able to live so long in relatively good shape.

ALL U NEED IS LOVE during the summer of '67. Ah yes, the idealistic flower hippie children who believed that they would be able to save the world. Perhaps they were too unrealistic, but boy did they sure create beautiful music, like this song here.

edward said...


mouse (aka kimy) said...

squirrel - ;)

rlb - merci

tut - hope to see you this fall!

dd - indeed we need to keep on keeping on!

b- one of my favorite shirts and worn in honor of the crew at hippiefest since I couldn't be there....

bob - that's much!

ernie - as my grandfather would say each day above ground is better than the alternative. it is an excellent quote from that birthday boy!

coffee - thanks - it was a very happy day! nothing like being surrounded by love. I feel very blessed and privileged to have both my folks still around

wat - hope the 'genes' are still in play for the younger generations. idealism never goes out of style... and every era has some group of idealistic people that 'fights the fight'

eddy - hi sweetie!!

Barbara said...

My cousin owns a health food store in Friendsville, Maryland. I was so surprised to see this picture!

Salty Miss Jill said...

Happy birthday, Father Mouse!
I'm back on a real comupter, so now I can access your wonderful blog again. :)
You have no idea how happy this makes me...I've missed my Mouse Medicine!