Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy "Blog"iversary To Me!!

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my first blog post! Hard to believe an entire has gone by since I wrote that first post. Amazing-- all the ups, downs, and ups you can have in 1 year!

I wanted to share something I read yesterday because I thought it was just beautiful!

"I wish you enough!"©By Bob Perk

I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports.

I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye."I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you.

Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough." She in turn said, "Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy."

They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?"

"Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me.

So I knew what this man experiencing.

"Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?" I asked.

"I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral," he said.

"When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, "I wish you enough." May I ask what that means?"

He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more."When we said 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them," he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."

He then began to sob and walked away.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!

I know I am a day late. I felt I was a little bitter yesterday and decided probably better I not post. Holiday's are sometimes rough. Each holiday I think- "oh maybe next we will have a baby!"... well after saying that multiple times for the past 5 years... well, you know. So anyways, yesterday was not the easiest of days. I have become numb in a sense that I don't cry about it anymore and I can somewhat keep my attitude good, but deep down, Gary and I both know something is missing.

Yesterday turned out to be a very quiet Easter Sunday. Gary and I ended up just staying home together. We had planned to go to G's family, but due to some illness (Granny) and bad weather (supposed tornado warnings-according to my BIL) we decided to just stay home. I am really glad we did. It was nice to go to our first holiday mass at our church. Gary made it really special by dressing up in his choker whites= YUMMY!! :) See below:
Not sure if you can really see-- but Gary is not only sporting his whites, but a nice big black eye too! A result of playing basketball with kids half his age! He's no spring chicken!

Then we decided to go for Easter brunch. It was nice to enjoy a nice meal. We came home and I got to nap for a few hour-- that was so nice! The weather was not nice here yesterday- rainy and stormy-- so it was so nice to lay in bed and watch some movies!

Sometimes I worry that I am too much of a homebody, but honestly, I am just so comfortable in my house. Even though this past Easter is not how I am used to celebrating holidays... this year... it was okay!

Hope you all had a great day! xoxo