My full given name is Mary Ellen Edmunds. I’m delighted that my parents gave me the initials MEE. I’ve used them my whole life in a variety of ways. And now I use them to start a BLOG! I am currently half past 70 and headed for the next “zero,” so I’m out of my teens and into the season of aging. Challenging and interesting.
I’m so thankful for my amazing, talented niece Wendy who created the heading to go with the blog. It’s obvious she knows me very well. I’m so thankful she put the painting of the Savior in the center of what I’m thinking about. My sister Susan is her Mother, and Wendell B. Johnson is her father. He broke his neck diving when he was 16 and spent the next 32 years paralyzed from the neck down — a quadriplegic. What a remarkable man! He was a Justice of the Peace for many years, and then Mayor of our town Mapleton for 4 years. He was wise and witty and completely remarkable. He painted several hundred oil paintings before he died. He asked me what I wanted him to paint for me. I didn’t know. But after thinking for a while, I told him I’d like him to paint the Savior. And that’s what you see in the center of my thoughts (the right place for Him). It took him close to 6 months. Once he got started he wouldn’t let me peek at it. He designed the frame and then invited me over for a “grand unveiling.” Oh, I love this painting SO much. It’s a blessing and honor to have it in my home. I’m convinced that Jesus was the ONLY One Who could say to Wendell: “I know just how you feel.” And He does and did. And now Wendell is with Him, and still with us in so many ways. Thank you, Wendy, for knowing this would be my favorite topic of thinking.
The left side – all the wheels and such-like – represents the theme of the blog: MEE Thinks. I love to think! And I have what I call a “BB Brain.” (Or I am a “BB Brain”). Busy Busy Brain. It never shuts off. It will be fun to share some of the things I think about. Not all of them will be of interest to everyone, but “oh well.”
There are rice paddies, ocean, palm trees – all representing my time living in island places and other places close to oceans: Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippine Islands, Indonesia, and Nigeria, West Africa.
My Chinese name is included. AI CHIEH MEI. (I went from MEE to I in Taiwan).
The elephant is my favorite animal. There is so much about their way of living and caring for each other that fascinates me. The melon beside him is a nickname given to me more than 50 years ago by a wonderful friend and missionary companion, MJ. She said if you say “Mary Ellen” faster and faster, it “melts” into Melon. Cool.
And the butterfly? For me it represents CHANGE. It begins as an egg, goes through many changes (including caterpillar), and eventually becomes a BUTTERLY! Our lives have lots of stages too – lots of changes. Growing, learning, improving… moving from good to better and better (eventually, hopefully: BEST!). Sometimes I feel like I slip back to being a caterpillar, but I keep trying. Life has a lot of happiness, challenges, opportunities, friendships, trials, experiences, forks in the road, mountains, JOY, questions, surprises (oh yes), ETC. Change can be a very positive part of life… becoming kinder, more content, more filled with charity (the pure love of Christ), more aware of others, more willing to help. There’s a lot “more” to say about this as the blog progresses, but hopefully I’ve shared enough so that you know what the butterfly represents. (Could I just add, though, how fun it would be if WE had 3 pair of jointed legs, looked beautiful all the time, and could fly!)
The little frog orchestra represents my love for music, especially classical music. For several years I played the violin and was in more than one orchestra in Cedar City (my “hometown”). At one point I was in Junior High, High School, College and Community orchestras at the same time. Lots of practices! One highlight was “The Messiah” each Christmas time.
And the pig? This represents Fei (pronounced like Fay, Day, and Hooray). I first met (ie, purchased) this little wooden pig in T’ai Pei,Taiwan, in 1962, so she’s been with me for many years. She can say (and has said and written) things I’d never dream of saying! (So she may help with the blog occasionally). She has been on all my missions with me and many of my trips to lots of places on the planet. She has a passport! I might share more about her later. And SHE might share a lot….
For now I’ll just say “Thanks for visiting.” Suggestions are welcome!