On the Second Day of Christmas–We Shared 2011’s Memorable Moments

Merry second day of Christmas, friends. Unless you’re out with the 12/26 shopping crowds, I’m thinking the commercial peace of Christmas starts about now. (Though I’m a tad tempted to hit Kohl’s–mom-in-law gave me her Kohl’s cash since she has no intention of using it. :D)

My house is in relative order after Christmas dinner here—only my mom, hubby’s mom and hubby’s friend joined us; some of my son’s friends later shared dessert. Everyone is asleep—shh!—and I’m now enjoying a very quiet moment alone with my laptop, looking around at the seasonal décor and loving it.

I also started thinking about that special gift that stood out from the others and why. Hubby gave me a gorgeous antique sterling silver necklace with an amethyst pendant—perfect for my taste. My younger son’s greatest gift started immediately after Thanksgiving and continued through Christmas Eve: that 13-year-old pretty much decorated the house and handled all the wrapping as awesomely as any Macy’s employee (and for no charge, either ;)). He also had a hard time with some of the choices hubby and I made regarding his gifts but seems to be taking some very mature steps toward the positive—another blessing that can’t be ensconced in paper and bows.

My older son couldn’t wait to give me his gift. (He made it in woodshop at school and seems to have a nice little knack for the craft.) He was sure I’d love it b/c (1) it’s handcrafted; (2) he altered the original design to put his spin on it; (3) I’d pick up on the theme and the ‘love’ that went into it. Not sure he realized it also symbolizes the most important intangible to me: peace in my world that comes from peace in my spirit.

   

As per memorable moments, my 8-year-old nephew gets the honors. We spent Christmas Eve at my brother’s along with twenty or so other guests. Long story short, we were among the last to leave, circa 10PM. My nephew started fretting about ‘missing Santa’ if the house didn’t clear so he and his siblings could get to bed. (In other words as he sort of said, to  my brother’s chagrin: “Take your coats, gloves, gifts and go–now.”)

So there it is. Your turn: what will you remember best about this year?

Here’s to a day of enjoying the peace (or at least a few dedicated moments). Expanding on the slowing-down theme a bit, I’ll be joining my very dear, freshly pubbed author-friend Calisa Rhose this Wednesday (12/28–debut day for her debut novel HOME) at her Chit Chat page for a virtual cup of coffee and discussing why no one seems to be able to just sit down and chat over one anymore.

TTYL,

Joanna

It’s an Awesome Day

Perspective makes it so, friends.

National State Forest, NH   August 2010

Here it is, Saturday morning as I tap out these thoughts. I’m supposed to be writing reports (and I’ll get to them, right after this, and after I check the Roses of Prose blog for any comments I should be responding to; then I’ll update my Facebook status and…somehow I do find my way back).

Anyway, as I poured my first cup of coffee I was doing some internal grumpin’ ‘bout having paperwork to do on a Saturday again. Then I thought about earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear reactors, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan and the 194 photos I looked at earlier. My perspective shifted and now, I’m beyond grateful for this cup of joe I can pour when I want. My home is intact and everyone in it safe. I can pick up the phone, call my mom and pretty much count on her answering. I mixed Greek yogurt with French vanilla creamer and crumbled freshly made peppermint chocolate into it. I get to share these thoughts with you. (And so far, I’ve kept it brief, which means I’ll be getting to that paperwork sooner than I thought.)

My first-name friends and I call this an ‘attitude of gratitude.’

Makes all the difference.

Your turn to share about how attitude, gratitude and perspective influence your day!

And while you’re here, may I ask you to indulge me again? Before you go, would you kindly click one or more of the share buttons below and help me spread the word further on the incredible web? I am grateful!

Have a wonderful day and hope to see you tomorrow at my UK friend and fellow author’s blog, Rachel Brimble! We’ll be talking men. 😉

Joanna