Ok, so you all know the Virginia trip story, played with glass, had a flipping blast with Ann. I forgot to tell you about the guy on the plane.
On my flight from Norfolk to Charlotte I sat next to a really nice young man, about 28 or so. We didn’t talk much for the first part of the flight but two people sitting next to each other for an hour will eventually start to chat. It’s human nature.
On his first solo trip, for business, he missed his Anniversary with his beautiful wife. He showed me photos of her and his two beautiful children, and boy and a girl. He was so proud of his family. Then he shared with me a story of how he stayed at some really seedy places during the trip so he could buy his wife “one of them Pandora bracelets” that all her girlfriends have. He showed it to me, Just a silver bracelet with three small charms. “I figure I can add-on when I can.” he said.
Suddenly a light went on in my head. In my carry-on, instead of my own beads that I should have grabbed, were a set of six BHB’s (big hole beads) with silly faces on them. Cartoon animals really. They were a gift to me when I was battling cancer and I carry them everywhere with me. So I reached in my purse and found my bead set. Carefully untied the knot and removed the pink bunny and the blue dog and gave them to him. “One for each child”, I told him.
He reacted like a man who had never been given a heartfelt gift before. The look on his face will stay with me forever. He just stared at those beads in awe, examining every detail. I showed him how to put them on his bracelet and he shook my hand.
Parted ways with a hug at the gate in Charlotte. Don’t know his name or where he’s from, but I know I made a grown man raise a tear with a good deed and that validates.
I’m a lucky person to have friends and family that care enough to share with me. I glad I could pay it forward.
Angel kisses everyone.
This is a day that way meant to be worshiped, however you choose to do it. The sun is shining, the air is crisp and cold, the leaves are blowing all around. It’s a great day to be alive! Mary, Tito, Joe, Mom and I went to church this morning. It’s always nice to get to spend time with them on Sundays catching up. I’m so glad that mom is back down for the winter. I love having her join us for church. The sunlight streaming through the stained glass was inspiring. The service was kind of not great, even though Fr. Tom did his best. The power was out and all he had was a karaoke machine with batteries. Not the best sound system in the world, but he made do.
I feel so good that I’m going to ask everyone for a favor. Tomorrow, Monday the 14th of Nov 2011, I would like for everyone to do something nice for someone else. It doesn’t have to be life changing nice, could be holding the door open nice, giving up a parking spot nice, pay for an old persons lunch nice. You know, down home nice. Send a card to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, call someone, take your elderly neighbors dog for a long walk. As long as it makes you smile inside, you did good.
Two days and I’m off to Virginia to play and learn and probably burn myself at least twice. Just sitting here trying to figure my med schedule and how to modify to take full advantage of alertness and to minimize the zoning out times. Can’t be eliminated, but can be controlled. I wonder If I can still do an all nighter? I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Joe offered this wonderful gift. What a best friend and husband I have.
Too many good things happening at once; got told my cancer is gone, got given this wonderful trip, got a 6 week reprieve from treatment. I can’t help but wait for the other shoe to drop. Why can’t I be a glass half full type person?
I’m off now to take Oscar for a walk (maybe I’ll grab Pookie too) then I’m going to torch for a few hours. Work some of this excitement off.
Have a blessed day everyone. Please don’t move any faster than your guardian angel can fly.
Remember: Most accidents happen in the home. I’m heading to the bar.