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Love cuddles

When we got Ella 4.5 years ago she made it quickly known that she was a close but no touching kind of cat. Not to say that she didn’t ever want cuddles, but she’d quickly get overtouched and need some personal space.

She was annoyed she had so share her world with the dog. But when we added more cats I thought she’d lose her mind.

But slowly she got used to her new siblings. She started to relax more, was more cuddly more often, and generally seemed happier.

And now things like this happen

The power of love never ceases to amaze me.

Often those who act like they need love the least actually crave it the most. True for Ella, but also true for the rest of us humans.

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Easy peasy lemon squeezy

I’ve been making an intentional effort to put more effort into my friendships. It’s a challenge, we are all busy and there are so many priorities that it’s difficult sometimes to remember how important friends are.

I spent some time this morning with a friend doing some work and some visiting. We are working at balancing and grounding ourselves and that is so much easier to do with someone else on the same type of journey.

Then this afternoon I had a laugh out loud text with a dear friend of mine who is also on the same type of peace journey.

We may have lost our minds but we have found our souls.

I’m so grateful for my tribe.

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Y2K

It’s -35C today and the schools were closed for a cold day.

The girl and I were watching a show from the 90s that referenced Y2K and she had no idea what that was.

When I described it to her, and tried to explain to her how freaked out everyone was she laughed and laughed. She couldn’t fathom computers not being able to flip over into the new millennium.

It’s amazing sometimes to think how many changes (digitally and in other ways) our world has seen in the last 20 years.

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Sushi stories

The boy and I had some alone time in the car doing errands today. He started quizzing me about my favorite sushi restaurants in all the places we lived.

Then he went through his sushi stories – memories of our favorite places and what he enjoyed most about them.

Apparently one of his favorite childhood memories comes from a day I took him out for a surprise sushi lunch.

The small moments.

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Another win

We have been Patriots fans since our time in Rhode Island which has made the super bowl fun to watch in recent years.

This one, although being kind of a weird game in general, didn’t disappoint.

The boy watched with some friends – something he doesn’t do enough- and the girl and I watched with my cousin and family.

It’s been a good weekend filled with family things. My heart is full.

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Line jumping

I was standing at then check out line at Costco this afternoon with my cart filled to the brim. I looked behind me and there was a man with a flat trolley with a toilet on it. I thought to myself that’s either good or bad. He’s either renovating or he’s had some awful explosion in the house.

I thought of offering that he go ahead of me but my cart had 4 huge water bottles and it was kind of difficult to maneuver, I was already running a little late, and I really wasn’t sure I felt like doing an extra kindness.

I got to the till and started unloading my things and I was thinking how selfish that had been of me. Like really, it would have cost me 2 minutes but saved him at least 5 to go ahead of me.

A man who worked there came and grabbed his trolley and said it would be waiting for him on the other side of the till and he could just wait in line without having to deal with the toilet.

And I thought this is my chance to make it up.

I offered he go ahead of me. He thanked me profusely and was saying how he appreciated it, when the store worker stopped everyone and said isn’t it nice to see there are still kind people in the world. That was so nice of you to let him go ahead.

I was kind of embarrassed but I smiled and thanked him. I know I helped that other customer out, but I think I left feeling even better than he did.

My take away lesson from this is that often I ask God for a second chance to get stuff, but I usually forget to ask for a second chance to give.

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