happiness

It’s genetics

I’ve really been missing my parents lately, I find the season change seems to make grief reappear in ways that are just as raw as at the beginning. Grief is not at all like how I expected it to be, it’s not something you get over, more something you learn to live with.

I was looking through some old photos and came across one from when my family came to visit us in Roanoke the first Christmas we were there. One day we all went out for lunch and then walked the streets of Salem window shopping. I was walking behind the family when I noticed my dad and my son doing the exact same walk.

It’s a photo we’ve talked about often, but one I hadn’t been able to find. My dad meant a lot to my boy, he was his role model and father figure, and it broke my boy’s heart that dad died right after we moved home.

But I see my dad in my son all the time, they’ve got the same build, the same mannerism, and the same insane sense of humour.

Those genetics are strong.

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Laughs and love

We had supper with my cousin and her husband tonight. It’s such an easy friendship to have with someone I’ve known my whole life – all my cousins are such a gift in my life.

I was really grateful for a few hours of laughter and sharing stories. We get so caught up in the day to day that often one forgets how important it is to maintain friendships and to enjoy the moment.

I had a good friend remind me today how vital it is to focus on the present moment instead of stressing about the past or the future.

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Beverly Hills 90210

I’ve introduced the girl to 90210 this week and she’s already hooked on knowing what happens with the gang. For me, it brings me back to my 20s when I lived for the night when I’d find out the latest with Brenda and Dylan. And then Melrose Place after – those were the days!

TV sure has changed a lot. I love that my kids enjoy the older, more family friendly ones as much as I do.

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Mutton bustin’ and trick riding

We went to the fair in town today – it was a beautiful summer day and I was so happy to have a forced family fun day – everyone gets so busy.

My girl fell in love with the trick riders

And who wouldn’t. It’s amazing to watch these girls hang all over their horses. The ultimate in trust.

I of course love the mutton busting. Those little kids are so darn cute

I realized today how great it is that I’m back doing this daily, tracking my gratitude has made me grateful for even more things.

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In the tent

The girls managed to get up the tent last night, succeeding where we had all failed the other day. They actually spent the night out there – amazing since it was pretty chilly and the girl was full of smiles about it this morning.

When I went out to inspect it I had a smile of my own. There was an extension chord running from the house to the tent, bring back memories of when I was her age. Dad would put up the tent at the beginning of the summer, I would drag out the extension chord and our tiny black and white tv and that, along with a stack of comics provided me with countless hours of entertainment.

I’m glad to see the tradition continues

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