Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Tenacity: persistent in maintaining, adhering to; seeking something valued or desired; stubborn; strong.

We are down in Marana, north of Tucson, with our grandson for a week of fun. The desert is not my favorite place, I need water nearby, so I need to find the beauty here and it has been difficult. Our 4 year old grandson loves “the Arizona house”. The first morning, he woke up and went outside to check things out. As was standing by him, he looked up and said “Nana, isn't it beautiful here?” I had to ask why, what am I missing? He came back with “I love the cactus, the blue sky, the sunshine and the swimming pool”.
I had to ponder the entire day, what beauty can I find? Finally, the word tenacity came to mind. This vast country is tenacious. It persists in struggling for life, stubborn and strong in fighting the incredible temperatures, lack of rain and now man scraping and scarring the ground in favor of development. Life is tough here. Vegetation growth shuts down during hot and dry months, springing to life again at the advent of rain. The rains can also be so ferocious, flooding the washes and spreading onto roads, ripping the foundations from under them. Yet, the cactus bloom, the delicate wild desert flowers burst into flaming color and the skies are blue. The beauty for me is the tenacity.


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Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Thanks for sharing those photos! For some reason, I think tenacity is also what we need to bring us through these tough times. Without it, we probably would give up easily! ;)

Have a great week ahead!

Pei Li

Lilli Blue said...

Beautiful. I am reading this while our new president is being sworn into office.
The Desert is one beauty and the ocean another. both lovely but different. Let the desert speak to you and you will hear in the silence a new song. Lilli