The Dance

Two years ago I met a man who became my life. It was his tattoo “Ani Tsalagi” that gave us the opportunity to talk. It was 3 weeks into the log stacking, and Roger kept me mesmerized. He was tall, dark, handsome and could do everything on the log cabin from the ground up.
I researched Ani Tsalagi that evening. The next day as I was reviewing the construction plans, Roger walked over. I asked him if he was Cherokee. He told me he was half Cherokee and half French Canadian and then raised his eyebrows as if trying to get interested. Then he continued with “I’m 54 years old and on the cusp of Leo and Cancer.”
Well, my sarcastic self kicked into gear, and I asked “so are you Leo or Cancer most years?” He said he was Leo most years. I couldn’t resist, then I asked, “so what are you this year?” to which he replied, “I’m a Leo.” So I said, “well, I’m Aries and I’m Aries every year.”
So, ladies, is this the cheesiest pick-up line you’ve ever heard? And, the dance had begun . . .

While I don’t believe the moon and the stars rule our lives, it is interesting to read about the personality traits of the Zodiac signs. God is in control, but there is something about the Zodiac signs that make you go hmmmmm…..
I Googled Aries and Leo compatibility (only because Roger is predominantly a Leo and has some Cancer traits). We’ve read through these Google searches for humor but they are also eye-opening. Here is a summary of what we deal with and to be honest, it’s pretty spot-on!

Both Aries and Leo are Fire Signs – strong-willed, passionate, dynamic with a strong love of sportsmanship and competition. Both have a need to be in control. They have a strong admiration and respect for each other but they need to take turns in giving and taking orders. Both are proud and impatient. Leo likes to be adored (and doesn’t Roger fall into that category) and Aries gets easily bored and doesn’t want to provide admiration and compliments (ok, that describes me to a tee).

Aries is rules by the Planet Mars and Leo the Sun. The Sun is about the self while Mars is about aggressive energy. They are highly compatible and make a dynamite team. Aries may say things that are hurtful while Leo can be bossy and sulk. Oh, my . . . what a great way to describe the last 2 years.
The best part of the Aries/Leo relationship is the mutual admiration for each other. Aries is the initiator while Leo follows through. What a great way to describe building the log cabin and remodeling the house, Their mutual energy and passion makes for a dynamic relationship. (www.astrology.com)

I hope I didn’t offend anyone with my story. It’s just that sometimes it’s amusing to read about your personality traits between people who came together under formidable circumstances. Which is why I believe in Divine Intervention . . . God is in Control . . . or we would have never connected.

So after two years, the dance continues . . . turn up the music!

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Will You Be My Warrior?

It was mid-afternoon, sunny and breezy, a very nice May day. I sat on the metal bench waiting for the valet to fetch my car out of the parking garage. Since I like to people-watch, I sat, eyes behind my sunglasses, and watched. Some people dropped off their cars to be parked. Others, like me, waited for their cars to be retrieved from the garage.

The striped red-black-white dress caught my eye, something that I would wear. The lady in the dress was an attractive tall, model-thin lady, and wore nice black-heeled sandals to match the dress. She held the tell-tale large brown envelope with x-rays. Beside her was her daughter, who looked to be 11-12 years old and was almost as tall as her mother and just as pretty! Another lady, who looked like her sister, also stood beside her as they waited for their car.

While the lady’s dress caught my eye, her lovely English accent caught my ear. I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but they stood close enough that I could hear their conversation. She said, “you know, there are angels around us everywhere we go.” Through my sunglasses, I saw the tears rolling down the young girl’s face. This lovely lady, like all patients in this hospital, is here because this is the best chance to beat cancer.

I heard the young girl say “I’m so scared” as she sobbed. Her mother held her close and wiped her tears. She said, “It’s only four months, and it’s going to be alright.” Then she turned to her sister, touched her forearm, and asked, “will you be my warrior?” Her sister nodded yes. She turned back to her daughter and held her face in her hands and asked, “will you be my warrior? I need you to be strong for me.”

My car showed up as my own tears rolled down my face. The question haunted me for quite a while. To me, a warrior is someone who shows great vigor, courage, aggressiveness. There isn’t a cancer patient in this hospital who isn’t a warrior; they are fighting every day with courage and perseverance to endure tests, x-rays, treatment, biopsies, waiting, hoping. So why did this lady ask her daughter and sister to be a warrior? Can a loved one, friend, family member be a warrior, too?

Well, yes, because in any battle, there are “non-combat” warriors – advocates, guardians, supporters. These people provide strength, encouragement and care for the battle-worn . . . As I reflected, I realized our personal warriors . . .

  • Mow the grass, edge the sidewalks every week without being asked
  • Pick up the mail and watch the house
  • Show up on Saturday to clean out the refrigerator and kitchen
  • Bring a delicious chicken potpie and fresh fruit tart, just because you don’t have time to cook
  • Give you an “Angel of Prayer” to sit by your bedside
  • Provide company while I wait during the biopsy procedure
  • Bring “care packages” of fruit, snacks, hand-sanitizer, books, magazines
  • Spend Saturday mornings pulling weeds, trimming hedges, fertilizing the yard
  • Pray, have faith when we are weak

So, how will you respond if asked “will you be my warrior?”

“Will you be my warrior?  I need you to be strong and bea positive…”

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