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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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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 10/17/14

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Okay, I know I haven’t done the Happy Bringers the past couple of Fridays.  Sorry!  I’ve been traveling up a storm, first to New Orleans and then to Atlanta.

Here’s a Bunch of Stuff I’m Happy as a Lark About Lately:

1.  Laughing and saying, “Seriously?!” every now and then.

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(If you decide to get them for me for Christmas, I want the sky blue.  Thank you.)

2.  Carving Jack O’Laterns with grandchildren.  (Part of my job description.)  First with Daniel and Gabriel.

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Then with the grandtwins Matthew and Madison.

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3.  Discovering Jonathan Adler (and his beautiful homegoods) in Atlanta’s hip Westside Provisions District.

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(With the hat, I was going for an older, white man version of Pharrell.)

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4.  Doors that won’t open.  [We (okay, I) don’t need to go through every door.]

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5.  Happy little bathrooms.

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6.  Delicious breakfast sandwiches.  (Fried egg with tomato jam at MetroFresh in midtown Atlanta.

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7.  All things New Orleans.  (I went to make a presentation at the 2014 Popular Culture in the American South Conference.)

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Have a joyful fall weekend!

(P.S.  I forgot to stop at FIVE.)

 

GRANDstanding

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Okay, okay, I admit it. After getting over the terror of my slightly (?) insane old-age-related fear of becoming a grandfather, I have come to LOVE this joyful status in life. And if you’ve read my blog much at all, you’ve seen the grandies: brothers Daniel and Gabriel, and grandtwins Matthew and Madison.

Simply put, they offer me such tremendous happiness, especially since they live right here in my Savannah.

For example, yesterday afternoon, as I twinsat (is that a word?), Matthew wanted a back massage. How do they learn that at 20 months?  So he climbed up on the couch.

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And  directed me with his little hand, as he watched The Disney Channel.

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I will treasure those four minutes.

And earlier in the day, after the Savannah morning downpour stopped, the twins puddled their way to fun.

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Daniel and Gabriel whooped it up in New Orleans last weekend at the Louisiana Aquarium, the N.O. Children’s Museum, and the IMAX.

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I really love being Abu.

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