One may think that I have an obsession with and a house full of Pink Flamingos with the name of my blog being “FLAMINGO FLOCKS AND THOUGHTS”. Truth be told, two flamingo items are in the above picture. I have three tea towels, a decorative pillow and a bar of soap with the pink birds and that completes my collection. My FLAMINGO THOUGHTS started as most thoughts do…when one reflects.
I had a group of friends from Ohio coming to Tampa for long Girls weekend. I love to host house guests and visitors. I wanted my buds to have a memento to take with them to remember our time together. Something fun…something Florida…something cozy. My favorite part of house guests is coffee time in the morning. Everyone trickles downstairs at their leisure, “good mornings” are exchanged, the coffee pot is in sight, mugs are being pulled from the cabinet and the best conversations are about to take place as everyone is enjoying delicious and low calorie baked goods from the Local “Fav” Bakery. So you guessed it… my Fun, Florida, Cozy selection was Pink Flamingo Slippers. I loved seeing the hot pink, fuzzy house shoes roll into the kitchen every morning.
This EXTREMELY fun, life time memory making weekend happened this year March 5-9 2020…the weekend right before the world hit the pause button and the Quarantine Chaos is REAL. As I was sitting outside in my tiny (but I like to think of it as a bijou patio area,):) slippers up on the wall…sipping coffee…I was reflecting on the world and what is upon us now. Thinking about what will be the “new norm”. Terribly missing my family, my buds that just left me before this chaos started and all of my other FLOCKS in life. The word Flocks instead of the word tribe was chosen because of course my slippers.
FLOCKS in our lives can mean so much and make the world go round . A FLOCK can be FAMILY. Parents,Siblings, Spouse,Children,Nieces,Nephews, In-Laws, Pets. FLOCKS can be Friends in many various fashions. Friends that have become Family. Childhood, High School, College friends, Sorority sisters, Lunch club, Wine and Cocktail buds, Neighbors,Yoga and Workout partners, Shopping Mates, Book Club Friends,The Lucy and the Ethyl’s in this World, Best Buds and Bos’s. The list of FLOCKS is endless.
I found myself right after the quarantine period began, reflecting on how lucky I feel to have such wonderful FLOCKS in my life. And how now more than ever I want my FLOCKS to know that they are loved, appreciated and valued. And how much my FLOCKS are missed. We owe it to all the FLOCKS in our lives to take care of one another. Find and keep your FLOCKS and love them hard. Have each others backs…especially now. Never miss an opportunity to say a kind word, flash a beautiful smile, laugh, give a thumbs up for the encouragement of “You’ve Got This”. FLOCKS make the world go round and I for one am looking forward to when I can hug,cheers,laugh and look at any one of my FLOCK members and think…DAMN LIFE IS GOOD. LET’S DO LIFE. Even while we are on the Life Pause button…for now.
- F FAMILY and FRIENDS
- L LISTEN and be there for the above
- O OPEN up your mind and heart and keep it OPEN
- C CELEBRATE LIFE and everything about it
- K KEEP ON KEEPING ON~ KEEP loving,laughing,trying, dreaming
- S Stay Connected
Flamingo Out and Thanks for being part of my FLOCKS.