Are you going to San Francisco…

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Excerpt from Tadhg’s Journal: I must be getting old. Umm, older. Earlier this morning, as I sauntered through a shopping mall looking for a leaving-gift for someone, the background music was a very old, yet familiar ‘pop’ song. Well, familiar to me.

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…

I confess, I sang along, in public (a totally un-Brit thing to do, but typically Welsh), and even added some ‘grace’ notes, too. And, I knew all the words. And now I know I’m old – you see, I really didn’t care if I was overheard! Ah, peace man!

That got me reminiscing as I took my time over a cup of coffee in The Magic Café.

Do you know, when I was at school and aged about nine, so that’s going back a few years, one of my favourite hymns – yes, in those days school assembly each day consisted of at least a prayer or two and a hymn –  was by Percy Dearmer. I always thought his surname was Dreamer (and I liked the sound of that, even more), but there you go. Part of the hymn’s verse was, and still is stirring, Truth-laden stuff.

Jesus shared all our pain, lived and died, rose again,
rules our hearts, now as then for he came to save us
by the truth he gave us…

Oh, I love that hymn, and it’s very apt for this Easter time. Strident, strong piano chords (staccato), awesome words, and the memory of little children, including myself at that time, singing aloud. A great memory. Wonderful. I know a recollection like that is personal and may not mean much to you, but it was a time of innocence for me. The innocence of childhood. Ah, innocence!

And then, one of my son’s friends had a birthday recently, and showed a photo of their birthday party at McDonald’s many years ago.

I’m lovin’ it.

Tempus fugit. Part of me reminisced. What had I done with all those years and wouldn’t it be good to get them back? Actually, they are full of great memories, some happy, some albeit sad, that nevertheless I wouldn’t like to lose.  So I’m happy with tempus fugit – the fact that time flies, but maybe it could slow down just a little from now? Ah, happiness.

Peace, innocence, happiness! At this time of the year I would suggest that you take just a few minutes to look back, give thanks and express that gratitude. Peace. Innocence. Happiness. Gifts from above, to all.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
[John O’Donohue]

To all my family, to all my friends: Christian (of every ‘flavour’ near and far), Jewish faith, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, (Neo)Pagan, Druid, Shaman, Wiccan and others that I know and love, my prayer is that Godly-peace, innocence and happiness, at this Easter time be yours.

Blessings from Tadhg.

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