I have been remembering the carefree feelings that were so natural; riding my bike through town singing at the top of my lungs (okay, I still do that in the car), hoola hooping in the front yard, turning cartwheels in the back, roller skating over bumpy sidewalks, and holding pretend tea parties with my dolls.
The first nine years of my life were spent in this small house in Kentucky.
It was a place of innocence. I didn't know that we didn't have much money or mind that my clothes were hand me downs. I didn't often think about what was going to happen months down the road or even the next week. I knew that I had a family, a warm home, and food on the table.
I am not naive enough to believe that as an adult I can get back to that place of innocence. Innocence lost is an inevitable part of life, but I believe that it is focusing on those simple things that brings us happiness. Each day I take time to do something simple. It may be singing in the car, or walking around my neighborhood, or just drinking a cup of hot chocolate. When I find myself worrying about the future, I take a step back and focus on the current moment, because the reality is that we only have the current moment.
I hope you will take time to remember the simple things in life, the things that brought you happiness in the past and can bring you moments of simple happiness again.
Today is a very special day. Eleven years ago my sweet grandson, JH was born. I didn't have any sons and didn't know much about little boys. I quickly learned just how wonderful they are. This is a picture that was taken six years ago. Look how little he and his sister were.
This was taken seven months ago. He is now at an age where he is starting to lose that wonderful innocence.
When I talked to him a few days ago I asked him if he is as tall as me now and he said that he probably is. It won't be long before I am reaching up to hug him.
So a big Happy Birthday, Bub!!!! Hold on to that innocence as long as you can.