When I was a young girl, maybe 8 or 9 years old, she threw me a birthday party. We invited every girl in my class and she taught us all how to make dresses using newspaper and stick pins.
The summer I was 15 or 16 we found an old buffet in a barn. We spent a day (at least!) antiquing it... Blue. It was a fun, funky piece of furniture that sat in the hall outside her kitchen for the rest of her life. Every time I looked at it I remembered how much fun we had painting it.
Once, when my mother was in her eighties, we went to lunch together. She ordered soup, and a glass of white wine. "Don't you want a sandwich?" I asked.
"Not today," she answered, " I'm having the chocolate cake for dessert!"
When we left the restaurant, it was raining. My mother took off her shoes and splashed, laughing, through the puddles back to the car.
In September, 2001, after 5 heart attacks in 6 weeks, there was nothing to do but hospice, and she rode home in an ambulance to die. When she was wheeled out of the ambulance she said, " That was so much fun, looking out the window backwards!" She laughed and laughed.
My mother taught me that Joy is wherever you find it. She taught me how to make my own joy. She reminded me how much fun it is to splash in the puddles in my bare feet, and that it's. Okay to eat dessert first!
These articles might interest you :
TAKEAWAY: This is part 16 of my occasional series 40 Years/40 Lessons, which I call a “sort of career memoir” capturing highlights and reminiscing about what ha... Read moreBy Themarioblog
MEDIA, SELF EXPRESSION, SOCIAL MEDIA
A few weeks ago I received a tweet from The Mrs. The Mommy. The MD. letting me know I was one of the winners in her Where's the Beef give away. Read moreBy Chasingjoy
I just signed up to for the Race for Hope to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. I have created team Chasing Joy. If you are in the Philadelphia Area... Read moreBy Chasingjoy
Dear Dad, I cannot believe in a few days it will be two years since you went to rest. Time does fly. I still miss you more than is possible to express. Read moreBy Chasingjoy
I have just returned from vacation, I was Chasing Joy in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I stayed at a wonderful resort that was for adults only. I went with my friend an... Read moreBy Chasingjoy
Here I am in Jamaica, taking a break from my schedule of chillin by the pool, chillin in the pool, chillin at the swim up bar, chillin on the beach, chillin at... Read moreBy Chasingjoy
Happy Monday Joy Chasers!!! It is Monday and we are Making it Happen. No Case of the Mondays for us. We have Reinvented Monday as a day for setting goals both... Read moreBy Chasingjoy
MOST POPULAR FROM FOOD & DRINK
- Food: The Year of the Burger by Ninegrandstudent
- artisan beef kale bean stew by Ally
- Rock Cakes by Cathysjoy
- Yellow Dog Brewing Company – Port Moody by Mike
MOST RECOMMENDED IN FOOD & DRINK
- 7 Chicken Marinade Recipes You Can Freeze by Sweetpeasandsaffron
- The Risotto Fare at Ottimo, ITC Gardenia by Rohit Dassani
- Medieval Pottage Stew by Chuck Underwood
- Easy Chinese Soy Braised Pork Belly 红烧肉 Hong Shao Rou by Zoebakeforhappykids