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Summertime 2018: June-Aug. 2018

Friday, June 1st, 2018

For the past few years I have been combining these three months because life seems to slow down a little in the summer and I like to be a little less compulsive with my postings. Just as the daffodils and tulips have come and gone, and now the azaleas are almost “all,” I think this is a sign that life is fleeting, and we need to make each moment count by being here now and not worrying so much about the future.

Azaleas at Longwood Gardens

Therefore, I am not giving you any posting plans for the summer, just “winging it,” as the expression goes. Instead, here are more photos of azaleas from my walk in our neighborhood a few days ago. Since they are already beginning to lose their blossoms, I think I caught them just in time, in full bloom.

 

I think these (above) are a different kind of azalea. Any feedback welcome.

I actually saw some azaleas in lovely peach and red, but did not have my camera with me that morning.

Next year I will be more aware of the need to carry my camera or cell phone!

Happy Mother’s Day to Single Mom with Daughter: Coralie and Coral Torres

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Note: When I separated from my husband of 3o years in 1990, my older two children were already living on their own with their partners, but I still had a third child at home (I was 41 when she was born.) So I became a single mom at age 51. Being a single mom was the most difficult job I ever took on, shouldering most of the child care, job search, moving, etc. When I met Coralie (a single mom) and her daughter Coral, I wanted to feature them for Mother’s Day, since they seem to be having the time of their lives as a mother/daughter family! Yay!  ellensue

 


Coralie (Cora for short) with daughter Coral

I met Cora and Coral at the fitness center where I swim indoors in the winter. Both women were in the same lane, with Cora teaching her daughter Coral swimming techniques. (Cora gave me a good tip, as well.) I learned that both were in training for events. Coral was working on a swimming meet and Cora was in training for a triathlon. Cora moved here from Puerto Rico and is a single mom with a passion for swimming.

I asked Cora to send me an update of the events she and her daughter are involved in. Here is what she sent:

This year I am training for two half-Ironman (70.3 miles): 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. 
 
– World Championship  South Africa in September 1st of 2018 in  Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. This is the first time an IRONMAN World Championship event will be held on the African continent. 
 
– Atlantic City Ironman in September 23rd of 2018 (I will try to qualify for World Championship 2019 in Nice France)
 
I will be doing a few shorter distance triathlons  (Sprint and Olympic).
 
My daughter is doing (for the 1st time) a sprint distance women triathlon in Philly.  Women are taking over the City of Brotherly Love. The Inaugural Hand and Stone Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon is an all women’s sprint triathlon will feature a 400 meter swim in the Kelly Outdoor Pool, 9 mile bike on closed roads, and a scenic 5K (3.1 Mile run) through Fairmount Park. I am so excited and pumped up for her!!!   
 
 
 
I was selected in the promo picture for the Women’s Philly Tri. (See the great photo below. es)

Their enthusiasm was contagious. The link between them was palpable, so I asked Coral to send me information on her upcoming triathlon and some photos (See above and below). The photos are so good that I decided the pictures were even more descriptive of the mother/daughter relationship than the events. So here are more photos that show you how close these two women are as a family.

I celebrate them and all moms for Mother’s Day, especially single moms!

                             

 

P.S. My younger daughter and daughter-in-law moved back to the East Coast from Calif. only a few days ago. My older daughter is in Calif. and my son is in Nevada. This will be the first Mother’s Day in six years that I can spend with one of my children. I am ecstatic!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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