Say It! Name It!

Tanner Fountain, Harvard University, July, 2017


One evening last week, after a full day of swimming and story-telling in the hammock—just she and I—and playing with her cousins, my granddaughter crawled into my lap.

“Show me a video,” she asked.”Please?” (Here’s one we both love.)

I thought a bit, Dear Reader, for, truth be told, as a Facebook/don’t own a TV kinda grandma, I watch a fair amount of videos! And then I showed her this one.  “Blue jeans!” She loved it.

Because her parents were apparently content to let her keep watching and Youtube being Youtube, she and I watched other such videos, conveniently grouped and accessible: the first time a mother hears her son’s voice. The first time a blind child sees his mother’s face. The first time . . . And in every single one, tears. Copious tears. “It just wells up, doesn’t it,” notes a Brit technician to a weeping young woman who has just experienced sound for the first time.


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  1. Dear Patricia,

    Well, hi, there, Patricia, and greetings and salutations to you and to you and for very especially FOR YOU, my so, so very For Always soul sisterfriend, awesomely precious and dearly special Christian Quaker woman who you’re For Always so, so very much!!!! YAY, Patricia, YAY!!!!! I’m FINALLY able to very joyfully respond with my very heartfelt, detailed, and thorough thoughts, ideas, and comments in responding to you and your great blog and I’ve been just bursting with such very delightful and eager anticipation in order to do so, sistah!!!!! It is my very joy, honor, blessing, and pleasure, and it is also such joyous, blessed fun for me, sistahfriend!!!!! WOW, sister, the title of this awesome blog post article is perfectly applicable to the very great themes and topics of this very endearing writing here, Patricia! The picture is just perfect, absolutely picture perfect here, and your so, so very dearest and darling granddaughter just looks so, so very cute and adorable having such great fun!!!! WOW, Patricia, I’m just so, so very thrilled, overjoyed, and happy that you had such an awesomely great and fun time with her and your other grandchild-WOW, YAY, sister, YAY, my so, so very dearest and darling friend!!!!! Sisterfriend, I just as usual as always so, so very much love, like, enjoy, and appreciate all of the marvelous links which you have as usual as always very graciously and generously featured and included with your very engaging blog post article here. My very eyes became so teary to joyfully bear witness to this awesome man who was able to see color for the first time being colorblind with his special glasses!!!!! WOW, this was just grand watching this so cool in spirit in the video and his sheer joy and delight just relishing for the very first time seeing color in all its radiance and beauty!!!!! He was just filled with such joy!!!! I loved how he was just absolutely beaming and he became teary!!!! I, too, loved when this dear man looked at his blue jeans that he was wearing and for the first time saw their color in exclaiming excitedly, “Blue jeans!” WOW, I just so loved watching and listening to this very powerful video here!!!!! I so loved watching the video with the old movie clips of the classic actresses, actors, and dancers so chock full of stylish grace grace dancing with their very fine dance moves. These fun-filled movie clips remind me of very many of the old, classic movies which I often watch on Turner Classic Movies, sisterfriend!!!! Sister, you are the fourth person I know who doesn’t own a TV. Three of my other white sisterfriends who are in town don’t want to own or watch a TV, either, and they are also such yoga fans and practitioners the way you are as well, Patricia!!!! Very, very many of my other white sisterfriends just so love yoga!!!!! WOW, I sure wish that I could do yoga but with my physical disabilities it would be very difficult for me. I’m a larger, full-bodied woman and such a true couch potato- 🙂 so I must still try even though I’m permanently and chronically physically disabled with a lot of bad, permanent chronic pain keep on trying to do any exercising that I can, my so, so very dearest and darling friend!!!! It is just so fun to watch videos, sister, and what splendid fun you had with your very special, precious, blessed, and beloved granddaughter, sister! This is just so, so very heartwarming, Patricia!!!!! My friend Patricia, I must google those other videos which you mentioned here. I want to see them, sisterfriend! They sound just wonderful from your beautifully awesome description, Patricia!!!!! I just cannot wait to view and listen to them with such delightfully eager and bursting anticipation, Patricia!!!!! Your very telling word here when you share and declare, “Exactly,” just adds to my very strong interest in seeing and listening to these very fun videos so I’ll be sure to google them in order to have my great viewing and listening pleasure as well, Patricia!!!!!! I say here and as usual as always, “Praise be!,” sister!!!!!

    My sister, I have an even greater brightness to my day being inspired to feel even more cheerful from this very lovely so chock full of fun blog post article here by absolutely FANTASTIC YOU, Patricia!!!!!! 🙂 <3 I'm even more re-energized, renewed, reinvigorated, and rejuvenated in my very, very heart, and in my very, very heart, mind, soul, and spirit from this full of such fun galore blog post article here, my sisterfriend Patricia!!!!! I thank-YOU, my dear, dearest precious Patricia, and each and every one of you for praying for and thinking of me the way you all do-I can for sure feel all of your very dear, steadfast prayers and thoughts for me which are for certain helping me and I do for sure need all of your very lovingly heartfelt and sensitively caring prayers and thoughts!!!!! I thank-YOU all so, so much straight from my very, very heart from the deepest depths of my very, very heart with all that I have with all of my very being!!!! I love each and every one of you so, so very much as my so, so very dearest sisters and brothers and our So, So Very Sweet Spirit's children!!!!! 🙂 <3 My sisterfriend, I For Always daily and very frequently pray for and think of YOU, dear, dearest Patricia, for your dearest and darling husband, for your so, so very dear Loved One in the long term care facility, for your precious children, for your very special and blessed grandchildren, for your siblings, for the rest of your so cool family, for your blessedly pure in heart friendsfamily at your Friends Meeting at Cambridge, for your so dear in heart yoga friends, and, in fact, for all of your friends!!!!! Praying for and thinking of each and every one of you with praying without ceasing is my very joy, honor, blessing, and pleasure, and such great fun for me also!!!!! 🙂 <3 Patricia, I thank-YOU and God continually for YOU, my friend and sister, and for YOUR very presence in my life!!!!! YAY for YOU, Patricia!!!!!!!! YAY for our very sisterhood and friendship, Patricia!!!!! WOW!!!!! YAY!!!!! YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!! Please have such a fantastically fun-filled Friday, a wondrously wonderful weekend ahead, and may all of your very days be so, so very especially blessed, Patricia!!!!! Sisterfriend, Spirit so, so very much loves and cherishes YOU, Patricia, and so do I A WHOLE BUNCH, Patricia!!!! I thank-YOU For Always for being my eternal blessing as I know that you are also for so, so very many other folks!!!!! Patricia, YOU are just the very, very epitome of such overall awesomeness, my sister!!!!! 🙂 <3 WOW!!!!! YAY!!!!!! YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my so, so very For Always dearly precious and awesomely special soul sisterfriend Christian Quaker white woman who you're For Always so, so very much, sister of mine, Patricia, with My and Spirit's Very Peace and Love For You For Always, friend of mine, and with Such Blessings and Such Very Even More Blessings For You For Always, my sisterfriend,

    Yours For Always soul sisterfriend Christian black woman and For Always in the very great spirit of unity and solidarity, Sherry Gordon in Iowa City, Iowa

  2. Sister, oops, I forgot!!!!! 🙂 <3 I forgot and also meant to say that I so loved how you used the very fitting quote from the Brit technician when he said, "It just wells up, doesn't it," in his noteworthy response to the young woman just glorying in hearing sound for the first time as this is such a wonderful play on words and a Divine Coincidence being virtually the same words as your latest written masterpiece, Welling up!!!!! Brilliant here, Patricia, just absolutely brilliant, sisterfriend!!!!! I just can't wait and am bursting with such very delightful and eager anticipation to have the great joy, pleasure, and blessing of reading your gem, Welling Up, my friend!!!!! WOW, you are such a gifted and talented writing who composes your writings with the very stroke of genius, Patricia!!!!!! YAY for YOU, Patricia!!!!! YAY for your very interesting and fascinating, such a fine and excellent must read, Welling Up, all of your other spectacular blog post writings, other writings, and books, sistahfriend!!!! Sistah, Spirit has for certain blessed YOU with such a gift and a talent and each and every one of us as your very avid readers, my so, so very dearest and darling friend!!!!!! 🙂 <3

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