Hole-in-the-wall, Glacier National Park, Montana

East of Boulder Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Sept 2018

When you possess light within you, you see it externally – Anais Yin

Light from the sun is one of nature’s BIG miracles. It provides the warmth that plants and animals need to survive, the illumination necessary for vision to work, and serves as the engine of photosynthesis which is fundamental to regulating our atmospheric composition of CO2 and oxygen among other things. Yet we continually take it for granted. After all, “the sun will come out tomorrow…”. Occasionally we find ourselves reminded if it’s significance, such as when we are standing exposed on a high mountain pass beneath dark rain clouds in the midst of a relentless bone chilling wind, with an aching back, groveling stomach, and blistered feet. In an instant the sun breaks through and the moment we see it we realize that we are smiling.

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home – Rumi

Breaking Up with My New Year’s Resolution

Chalkboard Sentiment

If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know that I made a New Year’s commitment to post to this blog everyday for the 365 days of 2016.  That sounded like a really good idea, and still fills my mouth with the flavor of a laudable endeavor when said out loud, but it’s actually not so great.   So I actually didn’t post to my Blog yesterday in direct defiance of my earlier commitment to post every day of 2016.  I broke with my resolution intentionally.  And here’s why.

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Welcome to Givagiggle!

Hello and welcome to Givagiggle.  What’s this blog about you ask?  This blog is dedicated to the pursuit of beauty, love, joy and inspiration wherever they can be found.

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What will she remember?

Sending my oldest daughter off to college proved to be much more emotional than I had ever imagined.  She was well prepared, and very forward looking, so there really was no worry about what was to come.  The trouble I had was that I was overwhelmed with worry about what I hadn’t done for her yet.  I wrote this poem in the middle of the night, tears streaming down my face, about 1 week before she left for college.  It proved to be very cathartic.  I hope you enjoy.

What will she remember?

Will she remember
From day to day
How much fun we had
When we would play?

We’d dress up together,
And sell toys at our store
Next we’d have a snack
and then play a lego war

Will she remember
from time to time
how it felt when
her child’s heart was still mine?

How we’d dance together
Without a care
And then she’d “help” me
By doing my hair

Will she remember
On the days of her birth
All those special moments
And what they were worth?

The chases and tackles
And tickles galore
The giggles and hugs
And then doing it some more

Will she remember
Our own special way
of finding our happiness
on an ordinary day

Bubbles at bathtime
Or a pretend horsey ride
Hollering “Fi Fie Fo Fum “
while she’d run and hide

Will she remember
On some occasional morning
Waking up to my voice
As I say something corny?

The songs that I’d make up
Just for her to hear
Or “daddy loves you”
whispered gently in her ear

Will she remember
As she goes to bed
How I’d help her
Easily rest her head

Warm, soft caresses
And a story mama said
But “buck bellies” and giggle
Is what we would do instead

Will she remember
When she feels all alone
The comfort of her daddy
The meaning of “home”?

How I gazed at her in awe
As I held her tight
And gently rocked her through
So many an early night

Will she remember
When she gets scared
All that I’ve done
To get her prepared?

Standing up for herself
And fighting for others
Sometimes just snuggling
Deep in the covers

Will she remember
When she finally meets him
That I gave her my best
again and again

Not the mistakes
Or the times I said “no”
But how hard I tried
To help her grow

What will she remember
When she thinks of me?

I can’t help but wonder
but I hope it will be
How much I love her
And how endlessly

–  Jason Himmel