The mail just arrived in our mailbox.
My mom’s good friend, Rose, from Florida–and originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Lake Linden) when she was a young girl–sent a Christmas card.
She included a clipping from the Fort Myers newspaper.
It showed “Pictures from Paradise” winners. This is a photography contest in a Fort Myers newspaper.
She suggested maybe I might be interested in entering the contest. Maybe with one of the pink spoonbill or egret photos from our recent trip to Florida.
On another note–but related, as you shall see–Kiah, our daughter, called last week, during the height of my gall bladder agony. See blog here if you have no idea what I’m talking about.
She said, “Mom, I was going to wait until Christmas to tell you this.”
“What?” I said eagerly. OK, maybe not so eagerly, as I was probably nursing said gall bladder trying to keep from having an acute attack.
“You know, Mom, when I go to so many places on the Internet I feel neutral or not-so-good. But whenever I come to your blog–I end up feeling happy. Really happy. Because it feels so real, so honest.”
And then our son, Christopher, also called recently. “Do you want a hard copy of your blog for Christmas?” he asked.
OK, maybe I’ve completely lost it, but I am feeling on top of the world from early Christmas gifts like these. THANK YOU, Rose and Kiah and Christopher! You have no idea how the simple gift of your words lifted my heart and spirit during one of those–shall we say?–challenging weeks.
Maybe I will enter the pink spoonbill or snowy egret photos in the Fort Myers newspaper contest! Maybe this blog does make a positive difference for some folks! Maybe life is really A-OK.
People really do care. Life shines brighter than the lights on the Christmas tree.
Even if we’re suppose to get a foot of snow before the weekend ends.
Let’s not forget to share our appreciation with others! Over and over and over again! Our gratitude, our joy.
Let’s pass it on.
I am SO grateful for all of you, dear readers!! You have no idea how grateful I am. Your presence and comments fill my days with joy. I hope I express this to you enough! Thank you, and thank you, and thank you again.