going to my water aerobic class is one of my favorite things to do. okay, let me clarify that. the exercise is hard work. what i enjoy is the women who attend it with me. there is a camaraderie among us. some come to class to socialize. i am not sure how they discuss their husbands, children, recipes and all the topics while exercising — yet, they do. when i am not out of breath and trying to keep all 5 feet of me out of the too deep water, i enjoy their banter. some like me, come to work out and feel the bonding of women.
i have grown fond of many of the women and have nick-named them. there is ms. twins who is a die-hard twins fan. this woman knows the players and their stats. when she talks about the twins; i talk about the miami heat. we politely listen to each other very confused. there is ms flamingo who decorates everything with those pink birds. ms blunt, who i am positive is always stoned, ms hot stuff who at 70+ puts all of our bodies to shame. i was in a yoga class with her and she can do unbelievable things with her body. she laughed when i told her that and said her husband is a happy man! lol. i bet he is.
looking around the locker room yesterday i felt content. without knowing, they are teaching me important life lessons. one, age is a state of mind. these women are vibrant, enthusiastic and fun. two, all women when you hit a certain age have the same body shape. even ms hot stuff with her perfect body has bumps and dimples. it is a kind reminder to me that a woman’s body is beautiful whatever her age. it makes me kinder to my body and appreciative of its form. three, how important the bond and friendship of other women is. i may not have a one-on-one relationship with each, however, those twice a week classes make my world a better place.
today i am thankful for ..
- the wonderful breeze that is coming into my home
- my new blender — it is the bomb.com
- my granny .. how i still love and miss her
today i am listening to .. joni mitchells greatest hits
get outside today! take a moment to look around at the new season of spring we are experiencing. there is new life everywhere you look. green grass, flowers peaking up after a long winter, new buds on the trees ready to greet the sun. take a deep breath and smell the fresh air. quickly, think of three things you are grateful for. see, life really is wonderful.
affectionately yours, Laura