Thursday, January 27, 2011

Weekword: Transition

John over at Healing Seed is hosting this weeks WeekWord: Transition.

Some transitions are difficult for me. I go great guns at the work in front of me UNTIL I am interrupted or have to transition to something else. Then I seem to get lost. I have ADHD and my extreme distractibility comes into play during the transitions between activities where I am just as likely or more likely to do something stupid and inappropriate as to do what my next priority is.


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One of the transitions I find most difficult is from waking to sleep--and vice versa!! Needless to say, I suffer from insomnia and tend to lay awake TRYING to sleep. This image was painted by me in artrage).




Then, after not sleeping half the night or more, Idon't want to transition back to day time, because I'm too tired!! (Click image to view larger. This image was constructed in artrage).

I forgot to make my hair grey in the original version of the second image. That's another transition I'm having trouble with--moving into being old gracefully!



I think of myself as young, beautiful, vibrant, alive, and I look in the mirror and see a tired old woman staring back at me.

My two favorite transitions I think, are from winter to spring and from summer to fall.

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It's winter here, and cold, but flocks of robins feeding on the crabapples make me think spring will soon be here.

(photo by KT)

One transition I'm happy to embrace is that of being a new grandmother--though the aging part of grandmotherliness is not so much fun. I love my new new grandson!!
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15 comments:

Fallingladies said...

I know what you mean, but I happen to love transitions too much, always looking for a change even if it's not for the better...
-Andrea

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I used to always look for change, too--change is exciting. The kind of change I mean is the kind that lets me fall through cracks of distraction.

I need to talk about good and bad transitions.

henniemavis said...

I LOVE this photo of you holding your grandson & your son-in-law in the bkg!!! It says a lot about the joy of babies. Look at your face. I love your transitional aging face!

bluerose said...

Congrats on the new grandson! I'm a new aunt as of last week. And, I'm right there with you, on getting lost and distracted during transitions.

John said...

What a great post. And a great photograph of the vibrant, loving grandmother and her new grandson.

junebug said...

I definitely relate to the trouble with sleeping. I have the same issues. I told my husband I just can't shut down my brain.

Congrats on being a grandma! That is a fantastic transition. :-)

Elena said...

What a beautiful post! So deep and heartfelt and what a wonderful baby! Congrats on being a grandma. By the way, I'm the newbie weekworder.

Christine E-E said...

becoming a grandmother is a fabulous transitional time! my granddaughter is 7 now! oh my gosh! time is flying! change is scary but exciting also!

B said...

Great weekWORD post... honest and beautiful... just as your grandson is! Thanks for sharing!

justahumblebee said...

Sorry, late in posting this week! Look at your "graceful" smile holding your grandson! We can always re-live our 'youth' vicariously through children. It shines through on your face. Enjoy your little blessing :)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! Thank you everyone for all your kind and thoughtful comments!
I do love my new grandson--he's bright,a lert and cute--and lovable!

John said...

Hi Mary

Thanks for your comments. Interested to see you are involved in Reki.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I used to be a Reiki practitioner but haven't done much lately.

Biomouse said...

Your grandson is obviously such a shining light for you-your smile is absolutely radiant! I really think your artwork and words of difficulties through transitions (my husband is not an insomniac, but he struggles with terrible night terrors so his morning transition from frightening experiences is hard) really made sense to me and helped me understand my husband's struggles. Thank you for sharing your world and the beautiful robin-he is signs that spring is on its way!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I've had night terrors and I had an old boyfriend who had them really bad when he got back from Viet Nam--they can be very debilitating!

I do love that baby!!!!!! :-D