A post from two years ago.
Day of the Dead –
Paths of flower petals and
burning incense guide
spirits to the house of the living.
Tables with favorite food and drink.
orange and yellow flowers,
all offered to the spirits.
Then the living go to
graves of the dead.
Custom says ill fortune, illness
death or worse
those who make no offerings.
Who will decorate my grave?
Who will bring me food?
Who will talk to me?
Cremation may be best for me.
For more on the traditions of the Day of the Dead check out this website.
The “Happy Holidays” seem to stretch from Halloween until New Year’s Day. Here is one of my favorite songs for the madness of the season.
Crone and Son in London, May 5, 1995
Twenty years ago Husband, Son and I spent Cinco de May in London
and celebrated at the Texas Embassy Cantina with margaritas and mariachis.
Since then every Cinco de Mayo I say, “Next year in London!”
Alas, another year has passed without returning to London.
In 2012 I wrote a post about celebrating Cinco de May in London.
Here is the link for those who missed it and may be interested. https://coastalcrone.com/2012/04/15/next-year-in-london/
Unfortunately, as far as I know the Texas Embassy Cantina is closed, but I would settle for another trip to London.
like silky summer clouds
or frolicking waves.
We adapt to the challenges
of love year by year.
You take my hand and
we slow dance on the rug in the living room.
Sunlight warms our souls
while moonlight covers us with dreams.
Our young lovers embrace only in the past.
Take my hand…walk with me…
into this brave new world.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
“Transport him today or he will be euthanized,” the caller said.
The call came urgently on New Year’s Eve. As a volunteer with the Dachshund Rescue of Houston my son went immediately to pick up this abandoned dachshund. Despite ugly burns on his leg and lower belly the dog jumped eagerly into his rescuer’s arms. He was taken to a vet clinic that works with DRofH caring for dogs like this. Amazingly he seemed happy and healthy other than his burns and was thankfully heart worm negative. He will cared for at the clinic. When he is well enough he go to a foster home until he is adopted.
My son has two rescue dachshunds of his own, Neo and Zuul, and has fostered several through DRofH. The organization does a great job of saving them and finding good homes for them and hosts events to promote adoption.
I do not know how this adorable guy got those awful burns or what other trauma he has experienced and really would rather not know, but I do know that my son has given him a chance. Someone gave his dogs a chance to find their way to him.. He is just giving back. For that I am very proud of him.
This little guy has a long road ahead of him, but I am glad that my son was able to help him on his journey to his forever home. May this dachshund heal and find his forever home in 2015!