Family Extended, Or, Saturday Morning at 10:12am


In Santa Barbara, visiting my mother, briefly. The fog is thick in the mornings, burns off by afternoon. The hibiscus is past its height, but still beautiful. And the Pacific Ocean is blue, large, and anything but pacific.

My stepfather has recovered from his January emergency. And in his recovery, is taking very good care of my mother. This comforts me.

One of the best things about a family, in times when you are not in need of succor, is the way their rituals and existence extend your own. I feel larger when I’m with family. Safer, even in the absence of apparent danger.

So, scrambled eggs in the morning, hibiscus in the afternoon, conversations in the evening, sounds of footsteps on the guest house stairs at night. The possible combinations across the world must be endless.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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19 Comments

  • 08/14/10
    9:42 am

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    VogueOntheRange said...

    Oh, what a beautiful post. You are bringing me back to my own safe place of morning coffee, Teton views, soup simmering on the stove, and the fireplace softly crackling behind the warm glow of a red wine. Thanks for reminding me how much I miss my home and mum. Sweet. xoxox

  • 08/14/10
    9:53 am

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    Sarah said...

    This is a beautiful post, and rings so true. My favorite times are when I am surrounded by family.

  • 08/14/10
    10:01 am

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    Belle de Ville said...

    Santa Barbara sounds lovely. Enjoy your weekend.

  • 08/14/10
    10:20 am

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    lauren said...

    so glad that you are well, that your stepfather and mother are well. my best to all of you, and the pacific.

  • 08/14/10
    10:57 am

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    Preppy 101 said...

    Such a true post. Makes me miss my parents. There is absolutely no security like that we have with our parents. I can see the ocean when I read your post . . . thank you. xoxo

  • 08/14/10
    3:45 pm

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    Jennnifer said...

    a very lovely normal family day…sounds lovely! Home!

  • 08/14/10
    4:29 pm

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    brohammas said...

    My parents left home before I did. Now my roots are wherever I decide to plant them.
    Nice post.
    I visited you alma mater and wrote of it. I thought about your gaudy Tiger jacket while I was there.

  • 08/14/10
    5:52 pm

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    Vintage Simple said...

    Oh, such a comforting post, Lisa. I'm glad I stopped by today. Somehow, this is exactly what I needed. Thank you.

    lots of love,
    -maria

  • 08/14/10
    6:26 pm

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    materfamilias said...

    Lovely post. Enjoy your weekend with family.

  • 08/14/10
    11:21 pm

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    Buckeroomama said...

    Once again, I find beauty (and truth) in your words: "Safer, even in the absence of apparent danger."

    Have a lovely weekend!

  • 08/15/10
    9:23 am

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    ADG said...

    "I feel larger when I'm with family."

    Sublime.

  • 08/15/10
    9:57 am

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    Nellie said...

    It sounds like a lovely week-end. We spent ours surrounded by family as well, for the celebration of our granddaughter's fourth birthday! Such excitement!

  • 08/15/10
    11:18 am

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    Her Preppiness said...

    Lovely comforting post.

  • 08/15/10
    1:46 pm

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    Lori said...

    So thankful that your step father has recovered well and that he takes good care of your mom. I imagine that is a really good feeling. I love your description…."I feel larger when I'm with family." I love these words. Happy Sunday to you and yours. :)

  • 08/15/10
    2:41 pm

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    hostess of the humble bungalow said...

    Such a lovely post LIsa…and that fog does hang around the coast a lot this time of year…we saw some on our cruise home today.
    Your writing makes scrambled eggs sound so much better and more elegant…enjoy the view of the Pacific and your time with family.

  • 08/15/10
    5:09 pm

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    QueenBeeSwain said...

    rituals are fabulous, especially your Saturday morning posts- it feels like you're giving a blessing and thanks in each and every one and that the weekend is officially "on" once I've read them :)

    xoox

    kHm

  • 08/15/10
    7:05 pm

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    LPC said...

    Vogue – Your home in the mountains sounds wonderful.

    Sarah – Thank you so much.

    Belle – It was great.

    lauren – the pacific says hello right back

    Preppy 101 – Thank you.

    Jennifer – Yes, home!

  • 08/15/10
    7:09 pm

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    LPC said...

    brohammas – Oh good. Just what I'd like to be remembered for:).

    Maria – my pleasure. Often your posts are just what I need too.

    Mater – Thank you.

    Buckeroomama – :).

    ADG – I'm honored.

  • 08/15/10
    7:11 pm

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    LPC said...

    Nellie – I bet she was adorable.

    Her Preppiness – Thank you so much.

    Lori – Glad to see you are well.

    Hostess – You are so kind. I promise, they are very regular eggs:).

    QBS – What an astonishing compliment. Thank you.

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