Saturday, January 12, 2019
*Two years ago, my husband and I were trying to decide what to get our youngest son for Christmas. We wanted to do something extra special for him. I noticed that in all the photos we have of him, he never smiled where you could see his teeth. My son had mentioned that his teeth were bad and he didn't like to show them. That became our gift to him. We began helping him pay for getting his teeth fixed. Yesterday we went to his appointment to have more work done. When he came out, he was smiling. He said, "look, mom." His bottom teeth were straight and white and beautiful. But the best part was the look on his face. He was very happy and had an air of self confidence about him. That alone was worth the cost of the dental work. He isn't done yet but my husband and I feel that this was the best Christmas gift we could have given him.
*I don't know about anyone else but whenever I cooked when my boys were younger, there were many times I heard..."I don't like that. I want burgers or pizza. My friend's mom cooks better." It can make a mom doubt her cooking skills. This past week, my cooking skills were given a big boost. My youngest has moved into a new apartment and when I asked how I could help, He asked me if I would write down some of my recipes for him. My jaw dropped in surprise and he laughed.
* I finished reading a book that my oldest son got me for Christmas. It was "Becoming" by Michelle Obama. It was very good and it was by my favorite First Lady.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Daily we are inundated with what is wrong in the world, our country, people, etc. It has caused me to wonder if everything is (as in my mother's favorite phrase) "going to hell in a handbag". So much hate, violence, and anger. One can become overwhelmed with so much darkness. For 2019, I want to focus on the good, the peaceful, the selflessness of life. I want to find each day an example of what life should be even if the example is small. I want to smile more at the ups instead of constantly frowning at the downs.
Abraham Lincoln said, "When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will."
I want to turn this around for 2019 and look for the good.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018
I would like to think that after my husband and I are gone that these traditions will continue with our sons. However, traditions it seems in this day and age are not as important as they once were. So I will be realistic and hope that one or two will go on. But until then, I shall keep the traditions of my holiday going and enjoying the memories that they bring to mind.