A while back, on a trip to visit my oldest son Michael's family. I found myself besotted by his two youngest children. While the two older boys were out and about I got to spend some quality hours with one-year-old Meliah and her big brother three-year-old Merrick.
Most of the time I just sat in wide-eyed wonder at their quick minds and delightful antics. After endless confabulated conversations between them (which both understood) and I just tried to keep up with their energetic and unique imaginations, I decided it would be fun to show them a Muppet video made the year their daddy turned four-years-old.
We found it on You Tube and my babies were enchanted. Over the next three days every available moment was spent in front of the computer screen singing along with the Muppet's. Demands of "Grandma, get Phenomenon! Get Phenomenon!" filled the air.
Actually the Muppet's were saying Ma No Ma Non"..but it sounded lie Phenomenon to us. (:
After the 100 and 22nd time of hearing the catchy non-sensical tune their demand to see it again was met by audible moans from their parents and laughter from their Grandma.
Merrick and Grandma Phenomenon
I loved it because sometime during marathon days of listening to the repetitive jingle the demands became, "Grandma Phenomenon get the movie!"...and my nick name was born. Months and months later I still get phone calls and hear these little voices. "Hi Grandma Phenomenon!" How are you?...Grandma Phenomenon I love you!"
So, you may ask, what is the point of this cute 'Grandma story'? Fair enough..the point is as a Christian I believe the Bible is a personal love letter to me from God Almighty. I believe within the stories, instruction, and wisdom of the Bible is a blueprint for my life. I believe it tells me exactly what He thinks of me...which is always affirmative. Graham Cooke says "God never gets disillusioned with us; He never had any illusions about us in the first place.....he doesn't see what is wrong, just what is missing......." I believe that.
My life's challenge is to spend the time, endless hours if need be, to get that truth firmly rooted in my soul...just like my grand babies did with the video. They unquestionably connect that 'Phenomenon' movie with me...I am and forever will be Grandma Phenomenon. It took time, but that is THEIR truth.
The LOVE, BEAUTY, PROVISION, and GRACE of God's Word needs to becomes MY soul's truth. Yes, there is a price to pay....but the payoff is 'PHENOMENAL'!! In caseyou would like to see the video that helped me brainwash my grandchildren ...
may I present ... Ma No Ma Non!! aka Phenomenon! 1976 (:
Want to go on a Journey with me? On April 30, 2010 I turned 64...on that day I began this blog with the intention of finding out in the next year...before I turn 65...exactly what my life would be like if I saw it with clarity..in Black & White.
This is a new step for me but after a serious health scare I feel brave enough to land at the end of what little I know, breathe new air & feel new feelings in reaction to no one, in wonder at what is still yet possible.
My Questions: What if I took the next year to discover who I really am at the deepest level? What pleases my spirit? What pleases God for me? What if I lived for the next 365 days as if they were my last days on earth? How would that change the way I related to my family...my friends...myself?
The health scare was just that a scare...I am not going to die in a year...but I am going to take this spiritual challenge...I hope you will join me!
I am a writer of creative non-fiction and memoirs.
My published books include The Search for Peace: A Women’s Guide to Spiritual Wholeness......
After the Storm: An Anthology for Survivors......
Family Secrets: Letters to My Granddaughters .....
I love doing
workshops, seminars, retreats, teaching Meditative Journaling...Writing Your Memoir...The Inner Life...and other subjects.
My personal passion is survivors. I love seeing people free from the un-met needs, un-healed hurts and un-resolved issues of their past which enables them to live up to their full potential.