Like a tornado hit it …

Between Thanksgiving, two kids coming home from college (then leaving again), traveling and Christmas shopping our home looks like fallout from a natural disaster!

Well, I hope you all have a day where your house doesn’t look like a tornado hit it!!!

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Tennis (LOVE) …

Tennis has been a part of my world for a very long time. But I almost NEVER play. My best friend in elementary school and her family played. My boyfriend in high school played. And just before Sidney turned 7 years old she asked if she could learn to play. She loved it so much that she played from age 7 all the way through high school. Libs played when she was really little at about age 4 or 5. Then she returned to it about a year and half ago and is now on her high school team. I’ve literally been around tennis my whole life and I have completely enjoyed my view from the sidelines.

Tonight will be my sixth attendance at a high school tennis banquet. These banquets are always so special. I realized, as the years have passed, that these banquets are not just a time to reflect on the commitment and hard work of the athletes and coaches, but also of a surrogate family who has blessed my daughters beyond measure. I have watched, year after year, as their coaches influenced their lives (and futures) in beautiful and profound ways. They have taught them so much. Lessons that taught them patience, perseverance and humility. They taught them how to win gracefully and how lose even more gracefully. They have celebrated with them and protected them. They have helped them grow into the strong young women they are today. And as a mom, I couldn’t be more grateful for their commitment to them!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have some big LOVE for some very special people!!!

Forgiveness …

I did something today that I don’t often do with strangers who offend me. I do it easily for the people I know and love. But I’ve never really done it for someone I don’t know. It really made me think and made me want to change my ways. I’ll get to it, but let me first share what happened to me around noon today.

Unfortunately, I had an encounter with … let’s call her … ROAD RAGE LADY. For the record, I use the term “lady” VERY loosely. Typically when I have these types of interactions I BRIEFLY wonder what gets people to THAT level of enragement. Then I move on with my happy life.

Anyway, about 20 minutes later I had a lovely interaction with a young woman who was my cashier at a local department store. She said that she liked the pattern of the SIXTEEN Christmas cookie plates I was purchasing. I figured that she probably thought it was a little nutty to be buying so many cookie plates, HA! So I explained.

A few years ago I started a tradition with Reese’s teachers, aides and therapists. Every Christmas I give them a new Christmas cookie plate and other treats. After explaining, this young woman immediately said that she loved our tradition. She then shared with me that her nephew was born very prematurely and has many therapists as well. She said that she and her sister were trying to brainstorm Christmas present ideas for her nephew’s therapists. She said that she was excited to share our tradition with her sister and thought that it might be something that she would want to start too. This sweet woman thanked me profusely and then we wished each other well. I left the store with a smile on my face … and then I remembered ROAD RAGE LADY.

And I actually felt badly for her.

Just 20 minutes after experiencing her anger (screaming, honking and fists slamming against her steering wheel) I was blessed by a woman who freely shared her life with me. We connected, albeit briefly, because of two very special children and a village of therapists and helpers who are appreciated beyond measure. I was reminded, in that moment, that my life is filled with an abundance of good souls. And I was overwhelmed with gratitude.

It took me a while to process the good and the bad that had just rapidly entered my life. I thought about the balance of all of it and it made me laugh. Life can be so weird sometimes. And then, I found myself moved to pray for ROAD RAGE LADY. I didn’t just go on with my happy life this time. I thought about her and her fury. And then I prayed that she be blessed with an abundance of good souls in her life too. After all … we are all human.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you forgive someone who you don’t even know!!!

We did it anyway …

Early (no, REALLY EARLY) this morning I took Sid and George to the airport. After flight delays and airline changes, I was finally able to crawl back into bed around 8 am. Luckily we had a late night out up in Los Angeles seeing a movie and having dinner so everyone ended up sleeping in. When we all finally woke up I realized quickly that today wasn’t going to be productive. Laziness was going to be the mood for the day and I was fine with it. At one point this afternoon Libs wanted a sweet treat and I wanted a holiday coffee. Normally, if I’m home, I make the effort to make my own drinks. But the thought of making my own at that point sounded a lot like taking a high school chemistry class. Which incidentally, I never took, HA! Anyway, we opted for the best laziest solution we could come up with. Starbucks mobil ordering. I’m not sure why getting in real clothes, brushing my hair, driving 3 minutes and being seen is public was the better option. Because let’s face it, that took WAY more effort than just walking to the kitchen, turning on my Keurig, mixing up some spices and grabbing some cookies. This was clearly not the laziest way to fulfill our cravings. But for some reason, it felt that way.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you did it anyway!!!

Connecting with others near and far …

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am truly thankful for all of my followers. I’m grateful to share my life with you. Your comments always warm my heart. I am blessed by your encouragement and appreciate that you share so freely with me. May you all find yourselves surrounded by loved ones today.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are thankful to connect with others near and far!!!