Sara + Hazel.

Beauty and the bamboo :: gorgeous Hazel home from university over the holidays. Photos taken on a brisk walk to the sea in January, with Hazel’s beautiful mom, Sara.

The quote "Youth is wasted on the young" has never rung true for me, and spending time with these wonderful women reminded me why. That quote bugged me when I was in my 20's, and it bugs me now in my 40's. I understand all the intellectual machinations and sentiments behind it, but we can easily leave it behind, and replace it with "Youth, honey, you've got this covered beautifully! While you are doing that, I'm going to make sure I've got this older person thing covered!"

George Bernard Shaw, you had it all wrong, youth suits the young perfectly. The young are inhabiting their youth brilliantly. The task is to make sure that we move on into our aged years so that the privilege of time is not wasted on those who become elders. Thank you Hazel and Sara for being beautiful examples of youth well-lived, and age well grown into.

Sara.

Sara has been a friend and mentor to me since my very early 20's, and it is such a joy to have her back in my life since moving back to this fair town. Can't you just tell her sparkle is contagious!!?? 

I credit her, among many other things, with teaching me the gift of offering tea, and not just offering tea, but exclaiming, as soon as someone crosses the threshold into one's home, "I'll put the kettle on!" 

Somehow that simple difference, between "can I make you some tea?" and "Kettle's on!" feels so warmly and completely embracing. There is no question as to one's welcome, no wondering "does my host have time to make me tea, does my host want tea, will I be an inconvenience if I say yes?" and I always feel immediately at home. (Yes, I have a tendency to overthink things, even a simple question like "do you want tea?" I'm working on that:) 

Oh, and she writes! Check her out at saracassidywriter.com. 

Thank you for being you, and for being so enthusiastically "kettle's on!" I look forward to many more hours over tea, enjoying our joys and fears together. 🌞