Ave Maria in the Rain

I was driving home the other day and listening to Classical KDFC. They were playing Ave Maria. The music was soothing and the rain was pouring outside. Can you imagine it, driving in the rain and listening to the relaxing Ave Maria by Franz Schubert? Life can’t be better than that, can it? And it was raining, in California! Earlier in the day, everyone in my office stood up at their cubicles or went close to the windows, looking out to the falling rains. That how rare it is that it rains in California!
So I was driving home and listening to Ave Maria in the rain. I was so into the moment I just wanted to keep driving and driving. Have you ever experienced it, that you are driving, alone in your car, and the radio is playing some beautiful music. Outside is the yellow mountain, the green trees along the freeway, the blue sky up high, and the white clouds floating above. It is very quiet all around, no disturbances, no pressure, no worries; just you and the music and your thinking. And the nature! You observe everything and think to yourself, life is so beautiful! You wish you could keep going and the journey would never end.

As does everything else in life, the journey MUST end. Sooner or later, you will take that exit, the exit that you take every single day, that you will never miss even when your mind is preoccupied, to get home, home sweet home.

A Poem for My Mother 2015


You’re always there
like the sun coming out of the clouds
you brighten up
the cloudy gloomy days

Your garden is blooming
with red, pink, white, yellow
flowers as beautiful as your true colors

Your thoughtful poems
as powerful as your will
as pure as your soul
as sweet as your smiles
warmed up those dark,
cold Winter days in Texas

You’re always there
When I cry
When I struggle
When I’m happy
When I’m in love

No one’s love
is as profound,
and exquisite
as your love for me
for us
for your people
for the world

I’d rather have you
than those fabulous Monet
paintings we both love
Oh wait
I prefer to have both
But if I have to choose
I’d choose you
my Mother 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day
to my Mom
and all the Mothers
of the past, the present, and the future.