Looking at the stars….

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”  The quote in her high school yearbook was just what I expected and, as I looked at her senior portrait, time stopped, just for a brief moment.


I stared at the image of this beautiful young woman, and suddenly her rapid journey of almost eighteen years went into reverse, taking me back to a sunny June morning, the day she made her worldly debut, always to be called “my Flag Day baby”.   From then on, the years have sped by as she has grown and blossomed into an extraordinary human being.  I often say that she’s an old soul, wise beyond her tender years.  Well, she is.  At least through my Grandmotherly eyes.  

In the harrowed times we’re all living in, I applaud her unflinching determination as it pertains to her future, that of this world, and the continued educational path she will follow to build a productive life.

Trust me Oscar Wilde, she is looking far beyond any of those heavenly lights.





  1. Sherry Ogata says:

    Beautifully written, Patty. I would suggest you continue and end up with a novel. I admire your determination to write – something I’ve wanted to take the time to do for years, since I was tour escort/cab driver back in the 70s. Someday!!!

    • Patty says:

      Just do it, Sherry! That’s what I keep telling myself each time I hit the dreaded “wall”. We have so much history, so much to say and share!

      Thank you!

  2. Beautiful words. And very beautiful grand-daughter! Thank you for sharing.

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