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Note to Seeing the Door series:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wherever you go, possibilities surround you! By opening both your eyes and your heart, a door will always appear.

Have you ever noticed how many different types of doors exist in the world?  Nearly each and every door leads to an opportunity.  Some doors are physical; other doors are metaphoric.  All doors lead to opportunity.  

Photo courtesy of Ann Cameron Siegal!

Photo courtesy of Ann Cameron Siegal!

Like the bears above, I love ice cream. Pure and simple. I don’t allow myself to eat it often, but I do love it!!! So when I had a craving last night, I decided to share it with my friends on Facebook! So often I am both intense and reflective on Facebook, but last night I just had fun sharing my ice cream journey with others.  And people responded.

After writing that “I think I need ice cream,” my friends had a discussion lasting 18 comments to date.  The next comment was a little less well received, but certainly made me giggle – I was proud of myself when I asked everyone if they thought it “would be too obnoxious to knock on a neighbor’s door and ask for ice cream? I really don’t want to go out (as Simon suggested); I do want instant gratification.”  When 19 people liked, “How many people believe eating ice cream can be a holy experience?” and another 13 comments were made, I knew that ice cream is indeed a holy experience for many.  🙂

In a little more than 6 months, one of the holiest days of the year will arrive.  The day encompasses intense joy for those that celebrate; the sweetness permeates even the most bitter of moods.  And no, I am not talking about Yom Kippur, or Xmas, or Ramadan – the day is International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.  On Saturday, February 1, 2014, those that find ice cream to be an ultimately holy experience, will join together and have ice cream for breakfast; some will even partake in eating ice cream all day!

As for me, I will plan a celebration with lots of ice cream and fair-trade chocolate treats; many flavors and toppings will add to the delight!!!.  We will also serve the alternative options for the vegan and allergy sensitive folks among us; did you know that coconut milk ice cream is amazing!   We will dance, play music, sing, tell stories, and eat ice cream and then eat more ice cream.  For those in need of real food, we will have some of that too.  The key is that my family will take time to open our door and flood it with good food, fun company, and a warm environment.

So last night, as I lamented to my Facebook friends and community that I wanted ice cream and I didn’t want to leave the house to get it; an idea was formed.  The time has come for me to finally have an International Ice Cream for Breakfast Open House.

So, who’s coming and what instruments, songs, and ice cream will you bring to share?  Time to start planning for some holiness!!!

Our door is always open! C’mon on over! February 1st really isn’t so far away!

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Moving across the country to a new city is far from easy.  We left behind many friends and some family too.  In many ways, our family lost our security blanket.   With each mile to the southwest we traveled further and further from our those folks who have been part of our beloved family of choice.  In so many ways, my boys and I are wondering:

  • Will we make friends?
  • Will we have help when we need it?
  • Will Tucson jazz our souls?

Of course we don’t have an answer yet, but I imagine Tucson will be amazing. The people I work with and the people on the street have all been full of kindness.

With each passing day, I find myself amazed at the warmth that surrounds me.  There have been large and small gifts at every turn.  People have opened their doors and invited us to stay.  We have yet to meet someone on the road or in a store that was less than pleasant.  People are offering insights of where to eat, where to fix our bikes, and what doctors to consult with.  And tonight, we were touched a totally unsuspected gift.

Tonight, the people in front of us paid for our ice cream.  Wow.  The gift touched me deeply.  Moving is expensive, tonight was a splurge that I probably shouldn’t have considered, yet it was something I needed to do for Dovi, my younger son.  He needed Imma (mommy) time and he loves ice cream!  We were having an amazing time together and schmoozing with strangers along the way.  We went to a recycling center to drop off recycling; we went to Barnes & Noble to look at books; and finally, we went to Coldstone for ice cream.  The best part of our evening is that Dovi and I really had fun together and we met cool people along the way too.

I am filled with gratitude.  The universe has been great to us.

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