The Sweetness for #SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: ‘concentration,’  used any way we like.

Still Silly After All Twelve Years!

The Sweetness

There are so many things I could write about concentration – but I’m pretty worn out today. Why?


Well, because yesterday (Friday) my daughter turned twelve, and she and I spent the day out together, doing some light shopping, eating croissants and sweet treats (a cake pop for her; a slice of pumpkin bread for me) at Starbucks, then hanging at the mall and going to see The Secret Life of Pets on a very crowded opening day. After that, we hung out eating food court pizza, then grabbed a few grocery items before finally heading home.

I can see generations of my family’s women in her young face. And a sparkly, impish nature that is all hers!

I always try to make my kids’ birthdays special, and I feel it’s important to concentrate on making them special in ways the kids want them to be. But I am not fond of shopping or hanging at the mall for myself. So I’m a bit tapped out today.

Croissant Love!

It was probably more important this time around. Next year this girl will be a teen. This is like a magical threshold year, when she transitions from, as she describes herself, my “medium kid” to a big one.

Growing up happy.

And then there are the things happening in my country, things that hurt my soul and make me wish for a magic wand that lets all people see beyond bigotry, that gives better conflict resolution, that gets right to the root of what’s wrong, so that it can be untangled and set to rights. I have words to write about that, but they need time to rise to my surface.

First time riding in the front seat beside me. =D

For now, though, I’m just going to concentrate on the sweetness in my life, because I think, somehow, that there is power in it.

With my favorite girl in the universe for the last twelve years running.

So here are my pictures, and a few words to go with them. Maybe they’ll offer you some sweetness, too.

Focus. Much as i love her smiles, she’s lovely when she’s fully engaged in a project. Here, she was making a music dub video.

Did you enjoy this dip into the Stream of Consciousness waters? Come join in – there’s plenty of room, and just a few simple rules. Check out the #SoCS hashtag, or get more SoCS!

Because why WOULDN’T you have your picture taken with a giant cat in a blue tie when it’s your birthday?!


  1. Looks like she had a great day. Sometimes we just have to forget boring jobs and concentrate on the important things. She won’t be 12 again.

    • well, I’m lucky not to have a boring job – writing and being with her and her older brother (almost 15!!!) fill my days, and often my nights (we homeschool).

      What’s trickier is balancing a personal need to speak up and speak out about injustices and hope, and process my feelings about things that are deeply disturbing, while still focusing on joy.

      I’m better at it than I used to be. But, as in so many things, there’s always room to do better. =)

      Thanks for stopping by today!

  2. Belated happy Birthday from over the pond for your daughter. She’s the same age like my husbands daughter who became 12 in April. It certainly is a threshold. I sometimes don’t recognise her anymore as grown up as she is already. Glad you had a lovely and special time. You are two beautiful and special women 🙂

    • Thanks, Bee! I know what you mean about not recognizing her at times. Lise’s face is changing so fast! I’m glad she likes to have her picture taken and share (her older brother doesn’t anymore, which is why you don’t see or read much about him here).

      I want to remember her right now.

      Many happy returns of the day for the young lady in your life, too! =D

  3. Twelve is a really special age! For some reason, I seem to enjoy writing my characters at twelve more than at any other age. It’s not too old and not too young, and there’s a lot of flexibility, as some 12-year-olds are very mature for their age, while others are more simple and innocent instead of miniature grownups preparing for/excitedly looking ahead to teenhood. It’s also the age of bat mitzvah, the number of the Twelve Tribes, a sublime number, a superfactorial, and the traditional number of astrological signs.

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