7 Apr 2012

A - Z Writing Challenge: G

The letter for today is: G, where I feature grateful and grapefruit.

Anyone can see by the expression on my face that I'm grateful for a long life, lived well. By the time a person reaches seventy years, emotion has painted the wrinkles with a bias toward the normal. Bad attitude can't be erased from the brow or the tight line of a mouth.
I'm grateful for each era I've lived through, the fifties, when I rocked as a teenager with flipped-up curls in my hair and petticoats under full skirts. The sixties brought a time when people explored flower-power and ate grilled grapefruit for an entre. In the seventies, my family and I toured Australia in a large caravan, studying alternate lifestyles and in the eighties we ran a craft shop where I spun wool from our own colored sheep. By the nineties, I lived on the other side of the world from my land of birth, and by the next century, I'd traveled the world five times and retired to a small cottage. Yes, I live in a place which resembles heaven—and I'm grateful.


  1. Sounds amazing! I love the fifties image, and how different that must have been to spinning wool in Australia! But really - grilled grapefruit?!

  2. Beautiful!

    It's great to read someone who's lived a full and exciting life.

  3. In the winter, I have grapefruit every day -- a family tradition! The texture and tanginess is sparkling!Are you a Stanley from the Romanichal family that came to CT?

  4. Love how you describe the wrinkles we aquire with age....something to contemplate.

  5. What a wonderful life! I'd like to think I'd try grilled grapefruit and wool spinning if the opportunity came about....

  6. Well, thank you! I am so GRATEFUL for this wonderful post! What a marvelous and adventurous life you've lived! 5 times around the world? Petticoats? A craft shop? Oh, and that grilled grapefruit - I've GOTTA try that!!!! I sense JOY in your life, in your post! Marvelous!

    Texas Playwright Chick

  7. Such a full life, and a lovely post. I'm grateful I got to read it this morning.

  8. This is a lovely post. Definitely inspires one to live life to the fullest. Glad I dropped by:)

  9. Such a lovely post! I hope I can say I've done as much, and lived in as many places, as you when I reach 70.

  10. And I am grateful for your blog. I remember grilled grapefruit. It cannot eat it anymore as it interfers with some medication I take.
    Stopping by via A-to-Z Challenge.

  11. You have truly lived a full and beautiful life! Five times around the world! WOW! The things you have seen! Oh may have so many wonderful thigns to share when I am in my seventies. A live well lived. I have surely loved this post.

  12. Sounds like we are a similar age. You ended up in the UK. I left there and ended up in Canada. Travelling is wonderful.

  13. Hi Francene! What a fun trip down memory lane! You've had quite the exciting, inquisitive life! How lucky! :) Happy Easter! ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

  14. Such a beautiful post ! :)I hope I've lived half as well as this by the time i'm 70 . Looking forward to reading the rest of your AtoZ.

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  16. What a lovely post and an amazing life. All that travelling. I too have lots of memories to look back on but they've all taken place in this one city of Leicester.

  17. Great G idea!
    I'm grateful for grapefruit too!

    I’m stopping in as an A to Z blogger. I invite you to visit my blogs, leaving a link to your own post, so my readers can find you too!

    All on Blogspot.com and all in the A to Z Challenge:

    Heart of a Ready Writer – Bible &Devotional
    Meme Express – Daily Blog Prompts (A to Z)
    Nickers and Ink – Featuring favorite classic poems from A to Z
    Practically at Home – See what fellow writers are cited – with article links!
    The Mane Point –Pprofiling special horses from A to Z
    Working in Words – Writing How-to’s

    Simply Snickers is not posting daily in the A to Z Challenge, but you are invited to comment with your A to Z/NaPoWriMo poetry links!

    Click my name/icon for links to all these blogs! Happy A-to-Z!

  18. Hi Francene nice to be here,
    Thanks for dropping in.
    Kind Regards

  19. Thanks for your blog on being grateful. It might be your secret to a long, happy life.
    And grapefruit? Tangy.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  20. What a beautiful post. I do love grilled fruit and spinning wool.

    Dianna Fielding

  21. WoW! I hope that in 20 years I can boast of those travels and excitement!!
    Grilled grapefruit? I have never heard of it :)
    Happy A-Z April!

  22. Sounds like you've had a fascinating life! Grilled grapefruit? Sounds interesting... too bad I don't like grapefruit!

  23. Like all the other commenters above - sounds like it's been a great life. Now to remember NOT to let that bad attitude freeze itself into my brow or mouth. :)

  24. I think I can learn a lot from you! Thank you for sharing this blog in the A - Z Challenge:)


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