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Penguins…Messages from Heaven…Pop Pop

Yesterday I spent with my Mom and we were going through my Dad’s email account to see if we had missed any messages from people who didn’t know that he had passed away back in June.  I did find 4 people who were continuing to email him and probably wondering why he hadn’t been responding as he was an avid emailer, so I sent them a note to reach out and let them know what had happened.

In looking though the messages, I found one from July 6 from my 12 year old son to Pop Pop.  I couldn’t believe my eyes…what in the world?  My son knew Pop Pop had passed so why was he emailing him?  Immediately I opened the email and read:

On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 7:08 AM, Pop Pop wrote:

Good luck today, Misifusa.  (FYI:  I was having surgery that day) Hope I have R**’s correct email address.  Luv ya, Dad  (He included a penguin video as he knew my son loved penguins ~ I’ve included a different one b/c the one he sent isn’t available anymore.  My son R** & I picked this one for your enjoyment!)

My son R** doesn’t check his email often, so when he saw this email from Pop Pop to both of us, he replied on 7/6/21 to Pop Pop

You do have the right email.  I remember memorial day buddy.  Glad you’re in a better place now 🙂 Luv ya too, your grandson (R**)

My heart just broke open as I read it aloud to my Mom…we began crying and with every recounting of that moment, I burst into tears.   I just can’t believe he wrote back to Pop Pop.  So when I got home yesterday, I talked with him.  I held him and told him how proud I was of him…how amazing I think he is and I asked him why he wrote back.  Simply put, he said, “I figured Pop Pop could read it from Heaven.”

And it was then and there that we began such an interesting conversation about Pop Pop’s life after death.  It seems that my son hears Pop Pop’s voice saying, “Hi Buddy” occasionally and while it doesn’t scare him, he thinks it’s a good sign that Pop Pop’s doing ok and so do I.

xo

Hop, Skip and Jump for Joy!

While we try to teach our children all about life,

Our children teach us what life is all about. Angela Schwindt

When was the last time you laughed aloud with abandon?  Can you remember when you simply enjoyed an hour without worrying about anything?  When did you last do something simply for the fun of it ~ whether it be throw caution to the wind and get the big size milkshake that you’ve been craving (yes, I adore ice cream!) or fall down in a pile of leaves just for the silliness of it?  Do you recall the last time you spontaneously hugged someone?  Or yelled at the top of your lungs with joy?

Have you ever watched children in a playground (not in that stalker way of course)?  They enjoy life ~ they throw back their heads in joyous abandon and whoop it up to the skies!  They passionately play, using their imaginations to slay dragons and bad guys ~  they are fairy princesses with the ability to wave magic wands and turn jungle gyms into castles ~ and best of all, everyone around them is their friend.

Somehow as adults, we lose a bit of that child within us ~ bills, worries, jobs, responsibilities all seem to overtake our daily lives and at times, we forget the simplicity of life which children enjoy.  The joy of imagination, the possibility of anything and everything, the idea that rainbows with pots of gold at the end actually exist seem to fade as the years pass.  That old saying, “youth is wasted on the young” comes to mind and yet, I don’t believe it.  “You are as young as you feel” supersedes it and I feel a renewed sense of peace.

Now some of us may not have had the best of childhoods, but I don’t believe that should make any difference.  Anyone can enjoy that happiness now.  It’s a choice because you are older now and you are able to choose how you look at life around you.  You can imagine slaying the dragons of negativity in your life with your imaginary sword or waving your magic wand and turning those rocks into diamonds with a flick of your wrist and few well-placed “abracadabras”.  It’s all available to you once you shrug off the adulthood filter that you’ve been hiding behind for so long.

So today your challenge is to renew the child within ~ fearlessly let out that joy that’s bubbling under the surface, take an hour to relax and just be without worries, own those sandy toes which are wiggling on the beach in your mind until you can actually get there…

Being a responsible adult doesn’t mean you have to be serious all the time and lose your childlike wonder…take a moment when you can and look up ~ spot a cloud and imagine what it looks like to you ~ you’ll be glad you did when you realize that once you tap into that joy, you will EN-JOY your day all the more!

So Cheers to Choosing Childhood Joys!

Ready to sip that milkshake, sitting on the beach, looking up at the sky and giggling with me?

I’ll meet you there in 30 minutes!

Ready, Set, GO!

xo

Find Your Joy Today!

Can life get any better?

For me, it’s the little things in life that I adore…ice cream, giggles, hugs and kisses, spending time with my family, holding hands, a smile, pretty clouds, sunshine on my face, puppy kisses, raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens ~ get my drift?  I’m easy to make happy because I enjoy being happy.

Life is full of moments that we can enjoy, but sometimes you have to look for them as they’re not as obvious as the card above shows.  Happiness is contagious I think.  When I look at the girl above, I know that great happy feeling of really enjoying an ice cream cone and I can feel happy even though I’m not eating ice cream at the moment.  Can you?

“You get what you expect,’ is my own quote which I just made up and I think it’s apropos for today’s post.  Prove me right or wrong today (ok, please prove me right!) and expect happiness today, expect miracles, expect smiles, laughter and joy and let me know how your day goes with that sentiment in mind!

Happiness is yours when you’re ready for it ~

Just look around today & you’ll find it in the most peculiar ways! 

What brings you happiness? 

What are a few of your favorite things?

Happy Thursday to YOU!

xo

P.S.  And meet me for an ice cream at 4pm!

Gratitude Day 28 ~ My Hometown

Life,  Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

I feel so grateful that my hometown and coincidentally, my Dad’s hometown, is acknowledging him this Saturday by flying the flags at half-mast.  My Dad loved our hometown and never left the town which he grew up in ~ he always said he would leave his childhood home in which he raised his own family, ‘feet first’ and my Dad was a man of his word.

Dad knew his hometown’s history, having lived there 75 years.  He would drive by various parts of town, telling us the history and how some of the buildings were the originals.  There’s the bend in the road by a pond where as a child, he watched the Queen of England pass by on her way through our town.  Funny that sometimes when I drive on that part of the road, I can hear him telling me the story.  He knew the families who resided in the area and enjoyed learning the history of each of them.  Like one of those old town family doctors (he wasn’t a doctor), he was privy to much information and always kept family secrets.

I have been so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers from many of the residents.   One particular message I received was, “I will tell you that his involvement with the installation of the new monument was something that I know made him very proud.  I also would consider him to be the “unofficial” chairman/ringleader of our town’s Veterans.  He was the one pushing all of them to come out each year and march in the Parade or attend the Vets Day Ceremony.”

My Dad was patriotic having served in the military for many years.  He loved history and could regale his audience with big and little known facts about many subjects.  He was proud of the fountain of knowledge in his head.  Unfortunately, he never had the time to write it all down, so there are only the scraps of memories which we hold dear to live on in his memory.

There’s much to be said about your hometown and never leaving it…

Bruce Springsteen writes about it and as a Jersey Girl

I am grateful to Our Hometown…

My Hometown video by Bruce

Making your OWN Luck!

Can you spot the little leprechauns in the card above?  My friend AAngel posted a picture of Spring this morning and I was inspired to make the card above with it!  Obviously she didn’t see those tiny little helpers in her picture…

When my boys were little, every March 17th, we would take a walk and I would make up stories about leprechauns.  I explained how we needed to look up to find a rainbow in the sky because they hid the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  We would eagerly scan the sky to see if there were any signs of a rainbow and then we would walk slowly, our eyes darting around the green grass to see if we could spot any leprechauns who may be carrying their gold back to the rainbow’s end.

Inevitably, as we would be wandering, we would scare up a small animal which would make rustling noises and my kids would be convinced that we had come upon a leprechaun.  Together we would stealthily stalk the bush from where they had heard the noises ~ this gave me the precious few seconds that I needed in order to grab a few ‘gold coins’ aka shiny pennies from my pockets and throw them behind me.

Upon hearing the clinkity clank of the coins, my boys would wheel around thoroughly convinced that they had indeed scared a leprechaun and he had dropped his gold!  Laughing all the while, I would watch as they picked up the pennies and pulled me down the street hoping to find more leprechauns!

I loved listening to their chatter as their imaginations ‘saw’ the green jacket of a leprechaun suddenly darting behind a leaf…and they could ‘see’ the faint colors of a rainbow in the sky.

Perhaps we need to remember these moments in our own lives and awaken our imagination again.  Be open to the magical moments of life ~ allow yourself to believe in what you can’t see ~ reach out to enjoy the mystical wonder of childhood fantasy ~ even just for a moment…who says there isn’t a leprechaun around the corner waiting for you?

Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you
!

xo