A Ten Sights guest post for She Chooses(R) by Debbie Felton.
1. My daughter waiting for me at the airport in Boston after a long time apart. I cried. The Museum of Fine Arts, dinner at Legal Seafood, the first time ever for both of us seeing "The Nutcracker," performed live by Boston Ballet with the shimmer of Christmas enveloping us in a mystical, transformative night.
2. My brother's fairy-tale wedding.
3. The acceptance letter from the University of South Florida telling me I would be enrolling as a junior for Spring 2010.
4. Standing in front of Van Gogh's "The Bedroom" at the Art Institute of Chicago. I cried. It was a visceral experience of the presence of the artist.
5. Chicago in spring, with the tulips a riot of color and the weather so perfect it was magical. The view outside our room at Hotel Burnham as J.H. and I people-watched the fascinatingly endless parade of passers-by.
6. The interior of the Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the public library and also known as "the People's Palace." The mosaics, the domes, the quotes of great writers and thinkers - and to think such a beautiful and wondrous place was built to hold books and was there for everyone. Where has that spirit of civic-mindedness gone? Yes, I cried again.
7. The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, and a most fantastic day spent in the company of a friend and mentor helping me learn that life is worth the effort. On the drive home, a rainbow that flew up into the sky **from the hood of my car** as we drove through sun-shining-through-rain, and the most apt metphor for smiling-through-your-tears I have ever experienced.
8. The grounds at the Tallahassee branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society USA in the spring when everything is blooming and fresh from rain. Walking among the foliage with B.D. and sharing her love of all things of nature. Peace reigns here.
9. My friends, I.W. and G.R., who keep the memory of our dearly beloved alive because they are unafraid of talking about him, who help me understand it wasn't all a dream, and who make it possible to cope with the fact that it wasn't.
10. The face of an amazing young tubist receiving the gift of an instrument he could never afford because of a mutual friend who has been the link between my first life and my second.
Debbie Felton is a lover of books, music, art, food, and friends who make life worth living.
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