The Tough Palms

Just a quick post. Many of the southern states are watching and waiting to see what happens with Hanna and Ike, hurricanes in the Atlantic making their way towards us. No wait, has Hanna changed her mind? From living at the coast for so  many years, I’m well familiar with the seemingly fickle (to humans) behavior of hurricanes, so the best approach is to prepare for the worst and then wait…and wait some more.

Anyway, this morning I donned a stretchy bracelet of palm trees and white and green crystal stones because it seemed like the thing to do…sort of like honoring the ‘canes, past and present, and all of my friends who are possibly in the current hurricanes’ paths. By the way, although the bracelet might sound tacky, it’s not. True, I did buy it from the Surfside Flea Market, but it IS NOT cheap and tawdry looking. Well, you’d probably never see Cindy McCain wearing it, but still….

Here’s the point of this post: When looking at the bracelet a few minutes ago, I recalled something I’d read many, many years ago about palm trees and their strength. The writer (who was it???) talked about how strong, sturdy, unbending trees would often snap and break in fierce winds and ferocious weather. Not the beautiful, graceful palm, however. Why? Because she bends and “gives” with the storms and is hence better able to weather them. When I first read that, I remember thinking that’s how I wanted to be: graceful, bending, swaying, and flexible in order to weather all the storms of my life. Being tough, unbending, and resolute are also admirable qualities, but I don’t want to break.


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

3 thoughts on “The Tough Palms”

  1. Cindy McCain just doesn’t have your fashion sense!!! BTW you are graceful, flexible and strong and those are just a few of your admirable traits plus you have great shoes!!! 🙂

  2. Hayden, You’re exactly right; we’re stronger with support of other “palms” too.

    Connie, Have you really looked at this woman??? She’s way classier and more stylish than I will ever be. She’ll make a great First Lady. I’m so impressed with everything she’s done over the years for children, not because she thought it was wise politically but just because that’s the way she is.

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