I only wish that I had gone to Mowry reunions with my Aunt Grace, but I did get to go with another dear and faithful family member, my cousin Louise, her grandfather was the brother of my grandmother Ida.
One of the great things that I learned at the reunion is that the Mowry family motto is the Latin tag DUM VIVO, CANO which is translated--"While I live, I sing."
This moved motto me because it speaks to my desire to express myself more fully and more creatively before I die. An Irish friend once said to me "You must fiddle the tune that is in you." And that is another way of saying that we all have something to say and we have the right even the duty to ourselves to give expression to the unique message that only we with out unique DNA have brought to the earth.
I find this insistence that we are all creative to be very comforting and stirring. I have often spent much energy and intelligence and creativity interpreting the writings of others--that's what it means to be a person who professes literature. But I always felt a longing to express myself more directly. I guess that is the reason for the blog also Finally, as of 30 November 2012--I am no longer teaching. It took me that long to actually reach the state of being fully retired and the fact of my own declining health is what made me finally understand how limited and unpredictable our life on earth is.
I would like to spend some time before I die discerning and expressing as fully and clearly as possible the message that the Creator placed in me. Just as he placed a message in each of you, dear reader. That is what is new about each of us and what we are here to discover and share. Let's get on with the show--while we live we can sing.