Greeting, Friends ~
I woke up this morning realizing just how very fortunate I am. I have a wonderful daughter who makes me proud every single day. She is beautiful and strong and kind. Driven, like me, she is headed right toward success. No side roads, no distractions. Full speed ahead.
I was also blessed to have an amazing son for 22 years before his passing. He was talented, funny, intelligent and strong. The time I have spent with my two kids can only be described as a gift that no one on this planet could have ever afforded to purchase for me. To add more joy to my life, I have a “son from another mother” who is one of the kids my daughter met way back in middle school. He is very close to my heart.
My parents represent goodness. I have been witness to the better part of 50 years of the marriage they will shortly celebrate. They are loving, kind, supportive and ethical. That is true of each of my siblings and my nephew, too. Like many, the members of my family have each had to survive some fairly harsh storms in life. Still, they move forward, making their priority doing good things for others. The blessings of being born into my family are so great that I cannot justly describe them with words.
To add to an already full plate of blessings, my daughter has a god family that I legally set up shortly after she was born. This is not your typical in-name-only god family. These people helped me raise my daughter, and have at every single turn been there for us across all these many years. Ever supportive – never asking a thing in return.
My friends are also, every single one, outstanding individuals. I have heard it said that we are lucky if we find even a few good friends in our entire lifetime. That makes me “lucky” times a thousand. My list of true friends is long, and it just keeps on growing. When I say someone is my friend, I mean that is a person I can trust. They can trust me too. That is descriptive of so many in life. Decent human beings are what has made life worth every hard thing that has been part of my journey here.
One of the sweetest quotes I know is from Winnie The Pooh (A.A. Milne). It says:
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”