Happy Sunday from San Francisco!
Thanks for popping in.
Well, Grace, Dave and I attended Mark’s amazing Graduation Celebration at St Marys here in California yesterday.
Well, it was pretty special.
One proud woman, I can tell you.
When you see your child turning into an adult
there is a bitter-sweet taste
But yesterday couldn’t have been more exciting and pleasant.
The sun was shining,
the lawns around the University were crammed with excited graduates and parents,
there was music and dancing and singing –
It really was quite something,
and so different from any graduation ceremonies I have ever been too
– including my own!
We had a bird’s eye view in the bleachers,
Got burnt to a crisp
(My hooter’s like a belisha beacon, and you could fry an egg on Dave’s forehead!)
But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
So today, the first thing I want to do,
is go sing and celebrate at the Glide Memorial Church,
down on Ellis.
You have to be there or have been there to understand why.
I would say it is the most uplifting, real place of worship I have ever been lucky enough to find. When I lived in the Bay area, I would travel into the city every Sunday
to be a part of the movement.
Here is a little snippet of where we are going…
Back in the 90s when we lived here, I will never forget sitting up on the balcony, and looking down to the front row, only to see my Shero, Dr. Maya Angelou sitting there! I was so excited, you cannot imagine!
And now, writing this for you, I have found a YouTube of another visit she paid to the Glide not so long ago! If you have half an hour, this poetry recital will fill you with feelings you have probably never felt before. It took me right back to the very day I met her. So should you have the time, do spend it with this woman; she is truly, phenomenally a phenomenal woman.
And the rest of the day? Well we shall see….
Learn it. Live it.