Friends bought me a ticket to see my parents in Hallendale Beach Florida. Today is my last full day in Florida before I go back to snow and subfreezing temperatures. I intend to go spend some time on the beach no matter how windy it is. This is my birthday present.
It just so happens that the end of hurricane season was this week here in Florida. I don’t envy my parents living on the coast worrying if the next hurricane is the one that is going to hit. They don’t envy the snow and cold I have to endure in Colorado. We each have trade offs.
It has been great to see my family. I got to go on the Grand Princess cruise ship that my brother and his wife work on. I’ve never been on a cruise ship before. The only thing I had as a reference was watching “the Love Boat” with my mom in the 80’s. It was a short but sweet visit with them. It was a combination of birthday, thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years meal.
I went to the movies with my parents for my actual birthday yesterday. We saw the movie “Hugo.” It is a great story. At one point in the movie Hugo they talk about a love of movies because of going every year on his birthday with his father. It was the same for me, and here I was in the theater, in the movies, with my dad, on my birthday. It was great. It is my family tradition too.
I have much to be grateful for. I am grateful for my friends who got me the ticket through their donations and generosity. I am glad that I still have my parents alive and happy. I am glad that my brother and his wife love each other, and love what they do dancing with each other. I am grateful that I am still alive to enjoy these things with my family, starting off another year of life in a sweet way. (even if my dad drives me crazy lol)
It has been nice to be back during the snow-storms that have been hitting Colorado, but I do miss dry air. I miss my friends, even though hundreds of them wished me happy birthday on facebook. A week of rest has been lovely but I can’t wait to bodypaint when I get home! There is something to be said for leaving home so you can appreciate it more.
We can go on a trip, or we can lose someone to time, distance, or death. Any way you look at it, this is the time of the year to reflect on appreciating what we do have. It is the secret to happiness. When the business of the season threatens to overwhelm, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and think of three things to be grateful for. I promise you will feel different. I do.