"It's as if a great bird lives inside the stone of our days and since no sculptor can free it, it has to wait for the elements to wear us down, till it is free to fly." Mark Nepo

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Celebration of Flight

Dear Friends,

On Monday, June 15, I will be leaving the safe nest of elementary education after a 22-year incubation. On Saturday, June 20, I would like you to join me in a celebration of my fledging and preparation for flight into the wide-open skies of my new life as writer. All you need to bring are your love and hope and joyful energy. And if you’d like to stay for food, bring your favorite summery dish to share.

Things will start at our home around 2:00 PM, and end around 6:00 PM, although coming early and staying late are encouraged if you’re so inclined. Some of you are receiving this even though I know it would be a challenge for you to make it (Scotland is a long trip for a party) because you’re really important to me. Just knowing you’ll be with me in spirit will be enough.

No RSVP is necessary. I’ll be thrilled to see you on that Saturday.

With love,



Dear Blog Buddies,

What you just read is an invitation I sent out today to friends and family. Those of you who live close by were included in that e-mail. Those of you who live not-so-close were not.  But here's the deal: You are my new peer group, my sisters (and brother), my newest and deeply treasured friends. And so I'm inviting you all, and hoping if you're in the Portland/Vancouver area on June 20, you'll stop by for a hug and some food and some great conversation. Whether you  are here physically or not, I carry your spirits with me as I celebrate the spreading of my wings.

(Walt took this picture in our back yard.)


Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

I hope you will have a wonderful celebration Deb! Thanks for your encouragement, I believe I'm much better today.

Janna Qualman said...

It's sure to be a lovely time!

The Unbreakable Child said...

Deb, I hope it's a beautiful day with beautiful beginnings for you. I will be there in heart and hugs, hugs hugs!!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

I'll move heaven and earth to try and be there! But where in the HELL is my e-mail? Blog buddy? I think not!

Kathryn Magendie said...

How EXCITING! I'm so happy for you and this journey to come! *big grin*

Amber said...

I would love to! I wish. But have a beautiful day!


Midlife Jobhunter said...

Wings spread are always a good thing. Brave step. I wish you great success. Keep us posted.

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Jess said...

Have a great time!!! Sorry I'll be out of town for this.