This is a picture I just took with my iPhone. It is of the top portion (freezer section) of my Kenmore Refrigerator from Sears. It tells a story. Actually, several stories. The top left corner has a horse magnet from one of my favorite places, Saratoga Springs, NY. This magnet also reminds me of my long-time friend, Laurie, who was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, but who I met in Florida more than 25 years ago. Laurie now lives near Glens Falls, not too far from me. Our friendship which started down South continues up North. My horse magnet holds “A Prayer for Animals” by Albert Schweitzer that is more eloquent than anything I could say about it.
The top center magnet, a chair with flowers on it, holds a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. This poem has been on every refrigerator door of my life for the last 26 years. It has great meaning for me and has seen me through many a crisis. It says, “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart/
try to love the questions themselves/…the point is to live everything/…Live the questions now/…
Live along some distant day into the answers.”
Another magnet from my sister, Connie, says, “The first rule of love is to listen”. And I love the funny one from my daughter, Katharine, that shows 3 old witches commenting to one another, one says: “They tell me that you’ll lose your mind when you get older./ What they don’t say is that you won’t miss it very much”.
Just below the picture of the 3 witches, you can see 3 women: Connie, Pat Petry, and me on Halloween at my favorite eating establishment in Queens, NY, ” Bluebay Diner”. More stories there.
And I could go on…but, I won’t. What’s on your refrigerator door?