Remember Kermit the Frog’s song, ‘It’s not easy being green”?
It’s not, whether we’re talking about the environment or personal growth.
One day in Alesund, I’d gone into a Tourist Information kiosk to inquire about the nearest bathroom. I learned I needed a coin to enter the stall. After finding a 50 Kroner bill in my purse, I squealed,”I’m rich!” The young woman shook her head and said, “Money doesn’t make one truly rich.” Wise Norwegian.
This morning after writing postcards to the Grands, I stretched and looked out the window from my chair in the Explorer’s Lounge. Since I booked an inside cabin on a lower deck to save money(green stuff), I must emerge from my cave to determine what’s happening with the weather and outside world.
Pretty soon, I put down pen and postcards to sit and stare. My eyes focused on a tree standing just outside the fortress in Oslo’s harbor where we’ve docked. With most of its branches lopped off, the tree looked odd but green and growing. The tree mirrored my life after losing Jud and more as I age. There are times I feel the ache from lopped off parts, yet aware of growth in old limbs. This cruise delivered nutrients of laughter, friendship, new experiences like a”balm in Gilead to heal the wounded soul.”
Tonight’s the Passenger Talent Show. At the urging of friends and my son who encouraged me to”Go into the nearest phone booth, put on your cape and come out as Super Speaker”, I auditioned and made the cut.
It’s almost time for me to head over to the theatre, so I’ll sign-off, put on my cape and make haste.
“It’s not easy being green.”
Is growth ever?
P.S. It’s midnight. Show’s over. I won.
Stunned and excited.
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