The birthday, the visit, and the weekend are now officially over. Months of anticipation, two weeks of cleaning, and one day of cooking, culminated in a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Attila's mother and stepfather provided us with warmth, affection, support, sound advice, and good company. Life does not offer anything better than that.
This morning was a let down from all the activity and excitement of the weekend. I had to talk to my banking advisor about retirement issues, pay three bills, struggle with the budget spreadsheet, weather yet another loud disagreement with "The Teenager", and do the dishes. I also slipped in a pleasant early morning walk to the library where I returned a book, had a quiet moment in the garden listening to the leaves play in the wind, and enjoyed a lovely spaghetti lunch with Attila's special sauce.
Today I began reading a book entitled "How to Want What You Have", by Timothy Miller. I have had a fundamental and possibly critical difference of opinion with the author before reaching the end of the first chapter. He states that, "It is human nature always to want just a little More." Although "wanting more" is more common than not, I would hardly consider it to be "human nature". Many people I respect might be considered "unnatural" if such were the case.
The problem I have with books is that the author's assumptions are the usually the basis for the entire logic of the book. If one does not agree with the assumptions implied or stated, then the book can be very hard going. I will continue to read this book for a few chapters more, as I suspect there are ideas here that will inspire thought if not enlightenment.
Our evening has been spent discussing musicians we have known over the past few decades and their music. Attila is in the basement rummaging through piles of old albums in search of one that he wants me to hear. I am snatching a moment to write this and get it entered and posted before the music begins.
I did not succeed and am posting this in the early morning. Life can be so distracting!
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