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Unique Times

Where I share my jewels of wisdom of life

The Cross Loop Trail in Palm Desert has become a local landmark. Hikers, bikers, and their leashed pups make the 2.7-mile trek through the lower reaches of the Santa Rosa Mountains for Instagram-worthy pics with a giant lit-up cross, which can be seen for miles when illuminating the night sky. Please ignore what I think says a swear word..🀣 above my hand, I kid you not I did not see this when I took the picture when I wrote my uncle’s name 3 years ago right after after died, it said Dick Myers but it was sprayed over when we got there this time.

Preferences and differences
of where we’ve been,
where we are and
where we are going
is never as clear as when
I’m at the mountain top.

As I take life slower, 
I know what I want 
and I know what I don’t want. 
You are the guiding light
to our future.


I etched your name 
on the cross 
and although it’s
covered up, 
I’m still here and so are you.
 

I’d prefer you were standing at my side.
The difference is 
I don’t have a choice 
as I place my hand 
in yours
on this clear day marking eternity. 


Forever in my heart.

πŸ’–

Copyright Β© Cindy Georgakas at
The Unique Times all rights reserved

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I love Palm Desert and we’ve been traveling spending time there for the 30 years to see my Aunt and Uncle who leave Chicago in the winter to warm up and visit family. The reunions of 1st and 2nd cousins are always near and dear to our hearts and so many wonderful memories have been made there. They have been the glue that kept us altogether and most Easters we brought all 4 of our kids to celebrate with their cousins who were all roughly the same age. They sold their home after 30 years and moved back to Chicago and returned one year in a rental and we had our last hooray with them one last time. Sadly, my uncle died the year after. My aunt is 91 and living in a retirement home after over 60 years of marriage. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to go back without their presence but they are the desert to us.

Memories of love
Gone but never forgotten
Your hearts beat in mine

Have a beautiful Wednesday and love those in front of you before they are gone with a card a call or a visit.

πŸ’–

Cindy

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Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
6 months ago

πŸ’œ Commiserations SupaSoulSis; but YOU!!! Did That On Purpose, just like “accidentally kicking husband in the butt” πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€πŸ™‚ πŸ™ƒπŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š πŸ€©πŸ˜‡πŸ₯°

…πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

πŸ’œ YES!!! I Do (Now We ARE Married) and Don’t YOU!!! Forget I AM as an Elephant πŸ˜πŸ˜Œβ˜ΊπŸ˜ŠπŸ™‚πŸ€—πŸ˜ NEVER!!! Forgetting; on an Energetic Note πŸ“ YOUR!!! Uncles Body may be gone but The Rest (Soul (Essence) Observer (Consciousness) Mind (Memory)) Remains SupaSoulSis

…πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

Aaysid
6 months ago

This is such a wholesome post, Cindy! ❀

Aaysid
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

M

Aaysid
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

My pleasure, Cindy. ❀

ben Alexander
6 months ago

I know what I want
and I know what I don’t want.
You are the guiding light
to our future.

So sweet!

<3
David

ben Alexander
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

haven’t seen her in a while, but I spoke to her recently by phone, and she’s doing as well as she can be… she even babysits her little grandchildren 2x a week!

<3 <3 <3
David

Marsha
6 months ago

I’m so sorry for your loss, Cindy. What a beautiful tribute. Vince’s parents lived there and later in Calimesa. We never go back now that they are gone.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

I think it is much harder to watch decline up close, though, Cindy, don’t you? It is so frightening to be faced with life and death decisions, or even “What do I do?”
Do we go to the hospital? When is the right time to call in hospice? I can’t alleviate your pain and I feel so helpless. That is much harder to me.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Yes, it draws you closer, surprisingly. The times are special even though scary.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Agree 100%

GraceoftheSun
6 months ago

What a touching and beautiful piece, Cindy. Love the photos, thanks for sharing. You are so right we should always love those around us. Life is short. Lots of love to you.πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ’•

GraceoftheSun
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ™β€οΈπŸ’•

roughwighting
6 months ago

Lovely and lasting poem, Cindy. I think we are always surprised to see our loved ones age. We want them to always be as we remember them. And our children and our loved ones will feel the same about us. But a memory never fades. And a heart never loses love. ❀️

roughwighting
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

xo

salsaworldtraveler
6 months ago

It is great you made the trip to Palm Desert although I can see how it would difficult without your aunt and uncle. Wise advice about staying in touch with friends and relatives. πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Š

Offshorewriter
6 months ago

This is so heartfelt dear Cindy. ❣️❣️ A beautiful tribute to both. It’s so touching. πŸ’—πŸ’— Have a wonderful day ahead dear Cindy

leo & bee
6 months ago

Your words make alive my memories of my grandmother ❀️your blogs are soothing πŸ₯° I feel like there have to be more words in your blogs πŸ’•

Ingrid
6 months ago

I love your message here, Cindy: love always lingers on! Beautiful poem ❀️

Timothy Price
Timothy Price
6 months ago

Sweet memories. Forever etched even if covered. I like your red nails.

katiemiafrederick
6 months ago

Oh Goodness A Stain of A Previous

Leader on A Lit Up Cross of

Relatives of Real Love

Dear Cindy

Such

Grafitti
Exposed

For All the World to See

Yet Relatives Before of Love

Solid and True Yes There is

No Desert Warmth Without

Love of Human True With

Wings That Do

Not Fall

Lower

Than Love
Breathes For Real

Staycationing With
Love Best in Desert
Scarcity and Greatest
Greens And Colors of Abundance With SMiLes..:)

boundlessblessingsblog
6 months ago

What an amazing tribute to your uncle, Cindy. I loved your brilliant poem. Loved the photos. You are so right our poems are so similar. Thanks for your valuable share 😊😊😊😊😊

minametry84
6 months ago

Good words

Holly Hunter
6 months ago

Have a beautiful day dear Cindy πŸ’–

Kym Gordon Moore
6 months ago

This is truly a heartfelt call and reminder to embrace those who are still here, while remembering the lessons from those who have left us. πŸ€— It seems like this year has hit more people I know with more tragedies in my family and so many close friends who have lost their beloved family members and friends. Our families are getting smaller, but your beautiful poem reminds us of what once was and how precious those memories are to us as we look around and see they are no longer here. Thanks for the wonderful share Cindy! πŸ₯°πŸ¦‹πŸ™πŸ½πŸ’–πŸ’

Kym Gordon Moore
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Always Cindy. You expressed such emotion that connected to me, and the rest of your audience. πŸ™πŸ½ It took me on a sentimental journey my friend. I appreciate your warmth and compassion. Thanks for the ride as always! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ¦‹

Kym Gordon Moore
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Awwww Cindy, thank you for your gracious spirit and your wise counsel. Your messages are so empowering and heartfelt. Thank you my friend! πŸ€©πŸ‘πŸΌβœ¨πŸ¦‹πŸ’

Michele Lee
6 months ago

Reaching the mountain top does offer a wonderful view and new perspective. A lovely poem, Cindy, of honoring and remembering. πŸŒ„πŸ’— I imagine that cross looks beautiful lit up. ✨

Michele Lee
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

It’s always a pleasure, Cindy, to read your messages and receive your good vibes. πŸ’

Dr. Andrea Dinardo
6 months ago

Powerful imagery and thoughts, as always Cindy. thank you for always encouraging us to stop, think, reflect, and appreciate the moment.

Navin
5 months ago

Lovely poem, Cindy…beautiful tribute…nice photos…thank you for your heartfelt sharing πŸ™βœ¨β€οΈπŸ’«

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

It’s my pleasure, dear Cindy…much love to you, beautiful soul πŸ’«β€οΈβœ¨πŸŒŸ

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

You’re welcome, Cindy….no worries….have a lovely weekend ✨ ❀️ πŸ’«

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

You’re very welcome, my friend…thank you as well πŸ™πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ’«

ThinkTalk
5 months ago

Beautiful. Memories have such lovely way of bringing back our yesterdays.

Nawazish
5 months ago

Beautiful piece Cindy…some people give us Beautiful memories❀

Jeff Flesch
5 months ago

What a gorgeous post. Beautiful pics, curse words and all, hahaha, lovely poems, and heartfelt share. Lovely, dearest Cindy. ❀️🌹πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸŒΊ

Jeff Flesch
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Most welcome, dear Cindy. Always! Hahahah. Ah, wonderful. Right! Hahaha. Is always my pleasure to read you, Cindy. Have a lovely evening! β€οΈπŸŒΉπŸ™

akshita1776
5 months ago

So touching..I am moved. A beautiful tribute auntie❀

joycemaryj
5 months ago

Beautiful ❀️

joycemaryj
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

My pleasure 😊

joycemaryj
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

My pleasure πŸ˜ŠπŸ™

joycemaryj
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

πŸ˜ŠπŸ™

Nancy Richy
5 months ago

A beautiful slice of life, Cindy. I think we can all relate. I know I can.

KK
KK
5 months ago

So sweet and touching tribute! I agree what you say, Cindy. The life is too short. Let’s enjoy and love. A lovely post indeed πŸ₯°πŸ™

I hear u
5 months ago

What I want to write
is not
what I wrote
But
What wrote for me is
what I have to write..

I hear u
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

yeah

Goff James
5 months ago

Wonderful poem. Such memories.

Goff James
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Pleasure. Great read.

Goff James
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

πŸ€™πŸ“–

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
5 months ago

Beautiful post, Cindy! Very touching tribute! Life is indeed short! Thanks for the gentle reminder. <3 Of course I can't condone rude graffiti…:)

Dawn Pisturino
5 months ago

Very nice poem.

Priti
5 months ago

Beautiful post and beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing πŸ’“πŸ™‚

Priti
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Im Priti from India. You are welcome. πŸ’“πŸ’“ God bless you πŸ™‚πŸ˜Š

ogaraderrick
5 months ago

This is lovely CindyπŸ’
The only thing I fear more than deserts are stray bulls and heights. I blame this on the desert animals.

ogaraderrick
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

If you ever come across one, stay out of its way. Hide if you canπŸ˜‚
Lovely day CindyπŸ’™

ogaraderrick
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Okaay! That won’t happen.πŸ˜…
Have a lovely day CindyπŸ’™

rothpoetry
5 months ago

A great post Cindy. Sorry for the loss of your uncle. That looks like rugged country. Seems people feel they can put their graffiti anywhere they choose. That giant cross really makes a statement I am sure~ I am surprised that someone has not tried to have it taken down like many other things these days.

bloggngnoggin
5 months ago

I loved the photos & the post, back in the days I
use to live in Calif & did a lot of walking just to
get out of the house & away from people & I
have to say I SURE MISS THEM DAYS.

bloggngnoggin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

I won’t be visiting Calif any time soon
as I live in Indiana on a fixed income
so traveling isn’t in my agenda these days.

bloggngnoggin
5 months ago

No we don’t have a lot of places to walk here with peoples dogs running
lose all over the place, so we just sit home & do all our walking on bill day.

Pooja G
5 months ago

Loved the images! Sad to hear about your uncle. I’m sure it’s different not staying with your aunt.

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bigskybuckeye
5 months ago

Cindy, these verses share a special and loving connection.

jonicaggiano
4 months ago

I know I can’t even begin to imagine losing my husband. Your words are lovely as are you dear friend. Scott’s mom and dad had been married over 56 years. It was great to spend time with him on the Oregon coast. I was so glad he was able to spend time with his son especially. He does not look nearly 80 but he is over 80. He use to be a runner but still is a walker. Exercise does make a difference. Sending giant amounts of hugs and love to you Cindy. Have a blessed day sweetie. xoxoxoxo

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

I am sorry about your auntie Cindy. Dementia is a cruel bedf

jonicaggiano
4 months ago

So sorry Cindy. Dementia is a cruel bedfellow. Remembering things that happened ages ago but can’t remembering your name. Their perception of floors with lines and all kinds of side effects of this horrible illness many people don’t know about. Wow you have been married a long time. You two have obviously done an amazing job with your beautiful children. We are blessed to have men in our lives we love. Sending love and sorry about the premature send. Love you. β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ¦‹

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
4 months ago

You are so sweet my friend. Yes it is so hard for husbands or wives I can’t bare to think about that kind of loss. We are so very very blessed my friend. Love you. β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ¦‹

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