Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Tiara and its Jewels

King Solomon is considered a reliable authority on Life.

The good King stated that 'children's children are the crown of old men.'
That being so, it stands to reason that children's children are the gems in an old woman's tiara or coronet. I choose tiara.

This I shall claim from personal experience.

In my case, I am abundantly blessed. There are 9 gems stones in mine - 6 rubies for our young women of excellence and 3 sapphires for our three lads.

Sapphires in their composition is the same as that of rubies - but with the addition of iron. That is what makes for the change in color from red to blue. Iron - that is important to note!

Our five eldest Rubies have graduated to this date. This weekend past saw the graduation of our first Sapphire.

For the Rubies, book learnin' came easily for the most part. Our Sapphires, on the other hand have all had to work and struggle incredibly hard. They have all jumped many hurdles, I dare say probably even shed tears of frustration when no one was looking.

That is why this first accomplishment is a very noteworthy event. A diploma in hand and well earned.

So our heartiest congratulations to the first of our three.

Best wishes as you, with smiling face and brave heart, go into the unforgiving world to carve your career path. You are an overcomer as are your cousins. You will do well, of that we are certain.

So says the Old Woman for herself and the Old Man as well. We are wearing crown and tiara very proudly.


  1. Congratulations to the first Sapphire! As the mother of the other two blue boys I can heartily agree it has not been an easy road. And the shedding of a tear or two has come from the parents as well! :)

    May you continue to wear your crown and tiara proudly.

  2. WOOOHOOO BUBBA!!!! You look very nice in your tiara, Nan. :)

  3. Dame Judi. I am stopping in again and trying to take in the wisdom you are sharing with your family on this site. Thank you for allowing me to be schooled and fed as well.