We drove together from Seattle down to Portland. He drove all the way, in his car. We listened to each other’s music, talked about everything from his job to my job, friends to career, to cars and girls. It was a very rewarding time and we learned a great deal about each other.
We have been very close, my son and I, since the day he was born and he spent the first night in this world sleeping on my chest. But as he has grown and become a young adult, we have found there are different things we both like. Even though he is my mini me just as I was my father’s mini me, this trip solidified our closeness and gave us even more great memories together. I highly recommend each parent take a road trip with each of their children.
As we move into the seasons and holidays of Halloween, All Saint’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are many changes in the weather, the color of the trees, the leaves falling, the days shortening and the nights becoming darker, longer and colder. I am also aware of much more magic in the air, the energy of spirits, of the power of nature and the reminder of human kindness and to treat each other warmly, not just now but all year long.
Let us not forget to decorate, celebrate and enjoy the company of our friends and loved ones. If you go to church, be sure to go regularly. If you know a veteran, thank them and shower them with food and gifts. Be thankful for all you have and be grateful to those you may take for granted. Magic is all around us and in us and sometimes all it takes is a word, a gesture, a smile or a deed to let it flow to everyone.
Photo taken at Clophill church, England.
I believe it is human nature that we take everything for granted. We always want what we do not have. The grass always seems greener on the other side of the hill. Our memories only include the positive things or what we want to remember. But today I am making a conscious effort, and every day after this I hope, to be thankful for everything that I have. I want to be grateful and not always want something else, something different, something better. I don’t want to be stubborn and stereotypical and always long for something different, then getting broad-sided when I lose what I have. I don’t want to feel that grief of loss and regret, wishing I had appreciated everything I had BEFORE I lost it.
So as we approach this Valentine’s Day, whether all of you have a Valentine or someone special to spend it with or not, take the time to be grateful and thankful for all that you have. Take the time to smell the roses and enjoy the sunrise and sunset. Be grateful for your family, friends, job, car, house or apartment and remember to remind yourself to be grateful every day of your life.