Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 5/8/15

I love the month of May.  There’s something hopeful, potential, expectant about its very name, “May.”

And here come a few more of my Joy Causers this week:

1.  Granddog Spyro.

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2.  The difficult (for me) but truthful freedom of this declaration:

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3.  Incredible sand art outside one of the classroom buildings at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).

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This is a collaborative class project called “The Art of the Spectacle.”

4.  Loving every moment of Grandson Daniel’s performance in the Savannah Children’s Theatre Dance Program Recital, “Dance Around the World” last weekend.

Can you see D in the lower right hand side of the dance teacher’s selfie?

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(Shouldn’t that really be called an “usie” or a “themsie”?)

5.  Coffee and beignets at Huey’s on River Street this morning.

Okay, I LOVE New Orleans, but our beignets here in Savannah are fritters better than theirs at Café du Monde.

YOU SIMPLY MUST KEEP READING BECAUSE I HAVE A FEW MORE THAN MY USUAL FIVE HAPPY BRINGERS.

6.  Enjoying the simple beauty of the community Trustees Vegetable Garden (across from my place on East Broad Street here in Savannah).

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7.  Daughter Amy’s birthday celebration (with a lil help from grandson Gabriel).

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8.  Robert’s homemade (first time ever) egg rolls.

Yum!

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9.  Rejoicing in the incredible ability to breathe deeply.

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MAY you have many reasons to smile this Mother’s Day weekend!

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I have FOUR grandchildren.  (Yes, you’re right, I’m FAR too young.  We all know that.  It’s a given.  But sometimes Mother Nature has a way of bypassing her laws of when people should have grandchildren–and presents them in, well, early, early middle age.)

Anyway, the second-from-the-oldest-grandchild is Gabriel, 5, a rambunctious bundle of pure little boy-ness.  He’s often affectionately referred to simply as “G.”  In his most recent pre-K school report, the patient-as-a-saint and give-her-a-raise teacher wrote that Gabriel is “smart, funny, with many friends … and has a touch of naughtiness.”

Here’s G (on the far right) with a few school buddies,

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And here he is the other night with older brother Daniel (8).

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Today I received this text from my daughter/G mom Amy:

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The brutal honesty of children.

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Other Things

I love the quote on seven-year-old grandson Daniel’s invitation to me for his school’s recent Grandparents’ Day:

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Other things may change me, but I start and end with family.”

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 3/ 27/15

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It’s the LAST Friday in March.  Really!  Here are a few reasons I’m hunkering down with Happiness.  What about you?  Tell me!

1.  Enjoying a short visit with my parents up in Ball Ground (North Georgia) this week.  Dad’s 91, mom’s 87.  This September they will have been married 71 years!

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2.  Going down to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center to see a theatrical production of I Love Lucy.

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Such fun!

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3.  Speaking of plays, watching grandson Gabriel in The Three Piggy Opera at Savannah Country Day School this morning.

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4.  Relishing the eerie beauty of Amelia Island fog last weekend.

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5.  Embracing the necessity and obligation of throwing away/letting go from time to time.

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He picked up a pebble and threw it into the sea.

And another, and another. He couldn’t stop.

He wasn’t trying to fill the sea. He wasn’t trying to empty the beach.

He was just throwing away, nothing else but.

Like a kitten playing he was practicing for the future

When there’ll be so many things he’ll want to throw away

If only his fingers will unclench and let them go.

— from The Poems of Norman MacCaig (Birlinn, 2009)

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But don’t throw away your joy this weekend!

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 3/6/15

Friday, Friday, it’s a cold one (in Savannah), but it’s here!  Here are Five of my Friday Happy Reasons.

1.  Trying to understand why I can snap pics like the one below of grandsons Gabriel and Daniel only when they don’t know I’m taking a photo …

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… because as soon as they realize what I’m doing, this behavior ensues:

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2.  Having no idea where they get such behavior.

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3.  In spite of today’s chilly temps, loving the signs of an early Savannah spring.

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4.  Always, always believing that Life Is Good.

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5.  Getting excited about Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day season.

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St Patty Day Info:  http://www.savannahga.gov/index.aspx?nid=1165

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May Genuine Joy be your portion this weekend.

 

Have You Counted Your Holiday Blessings? (Part One)

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Have you done so this holiday?  Blessings come in SO many forms and dressings.  I urge you to take a sheet of paper and number your joys.  Here is a sampling of mine:

1.  I had to miss my seven year-old grandson Daniel’s first piano recital earlier this week.  (I was SO frustrated.)  Tonight at my family’s early Christmas dinner, I walked in the door and daughter Amy had arranged for Daniel to dress back up in his Calvin Klein suit and play Jingle Bells (as he did at the recital).  It melted my heart.

 

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(Okay, I’m not sure about the sunglasses either.)

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(Absolute grandfather joy.)

Here’s Daniel at the actual recital:

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2.  The ability to smell Christmas.

3.  Enjoying the power of silly.

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4.  Hosting a Holiday and Hot Toddy Chili Party Saturday night.

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What fun!

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Good buddies Ellie, Jamie and Brennan.

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I read “A Cup of Christmas Tea” to the twenty-something guests–and asked them to think about a person important in their upbringing to toast at the end of the story.  I urge you to do the same.  Who encouraged you along your way?

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“Let’s raise a cup of Christmas cheer, to family and loved ones far and near.”

So take a few moments, and with Bing, count your blessings:

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5.  Tree shadows on a wall during a walk the other night.

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What are a few of your Holiday Blessings?  Come on, share a few.

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers (11/7/14)

What an Incredibly Beautiful Morning here by the sea on Amelia Island (Florida’s northernmost beach).  It’s sunny, with a bit of wind, and a crisp 59 degrees.  The Atlantic, outside my window, keeps stealing my attention with its choppy dance.  Weather joy.  I’m working on the blog a bit before heading to my favorite island breakfastery (can that be a word?), Bright Mornings in historic district Fernandina Beach.

And here’s what else is happy-causing for me:

1.  Attending last night’s Susan Boyle concert in Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center.  Oh my goodness, that lady can belt out a tune!

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(WHY do some folks chortle loudly when I tell them what concert I was attending?!)

2.  By far the best chicken soup I’ve ever had in my short life at Joe’s Homemade in Savannah on Tuesday for lunch (that’s a lot of prepositional phrases in a row there).

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3.  Having Harry Potter and Spiderman as grandsons.

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(Along with their ninja friend Yuki.)

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4.  Riding the spectacular SkyView Ferris Wheel in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park last weekend.

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The views (even on a rainy evening) really were amazing.

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5.  Voting … because … we can.

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I hope you elect to have a glorious weekend ahead!