Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter is Coming

It's Tuesday and The Two Writing Teachers are inviting you to join them on their Slice of Life blog.  Feel free to join in! 
Winter

The skim coating of ice 
Sunrise over the ice coated lake
Appeared on the lake this morning
The first of the season
It signals a change.
Winter.

The ice brings joy
Families skating arm in arm
Children wobbling on new blades
Grandparents pushing sleds of smiles.
Winter.

The ice mirrors the sun
And blinds us with the glow
It brightens up the house
And makes everyone bright.
Winter

One look at the scene
Playing out the window
One can imagine 
Norman Rockwell enjoying it too.
Winter

It's scenes like these
That remind us of the wonder and joy
That the four seasons offer
Here in New England.
Winter




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Choosing Joy - My One Little Word

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Choosing Joy - My One Little Word

“That was one of the happiest moments of my life,” Rebecca says of Tess' birth through tears to her son. “But, also, your dad isn’t here. That’s just something I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my life: the happiest moments will also be a little sad.”
Those were the words I heard on the show "This is Us" a few weeks ago and I can't quite get them out of my head.  I have never bonded with a television character like I have with Rebecca from the show "This is Us" but Mandy Moore oftentimes speaks my words.  That episode brought great tears to my eyes and I am reliving them again with the birth of my new grandson two weeks ago.  

It's easy to wallow in the sadness of the loss of a soulmate and husband. It's easy to let that sadness consume you and swallow you up.  But when I opt to stay forlorn,  I lose sight of the important things in my life such as my family and friends.
It takes more energy to be joyful. To look for and hold on to the goodness that surrounds me each and everyday.  I know that our children and grandchildren have certainly given me much to be joyful about and I want more of that in my life.
And for that reason I choose JOY!