What a difference a year makes in one’s life, and I have so many people to thank for my successes and highlights. My youngest granddaughter, Mia, keeps me smiling as I watch and speak to her on Skype. Mia recognizes me by the cute facial goofy things I have shown her, and she does them in return. She loves saying “hi” and “bye”, and waves her cute little hand. I just want to hug and kiss her right there on the screen! I also marvel at her brother and sister who are equally smart and talented in their own ways, and I have come to love them as my grandchildren as well.
Sophia is approaching her 17th birthday and we have forged a good relationship of trust and friendship. I am hoping she will continue to excel in her school work. It would be an honor to attend her high school graduation in 2014.
My wonderful students in first, fourth, and fifth grades give me a feeling of genuine satisfaction as the teachers thank me for helping their students make progress. Their gratefulness for my help is genuine and heartwarming. I am thankful for my friends and instructors at the yoga studio and how invigorated I feel after doing these classes. It has taken years off my face and body, and my posture and skin show the awesome results.
In 2013 I want to volunteer more and help our children develop their self-esteem as well as become a trusting friend to them and reassure them and children everywhere that someone indeed does care about their welfare.
I would like to see people in my world valuing what they have and not taking anything or anyone for granted. My advice is that you don’t put off for a second that phone call, that “thank you” or those wonderful three words, “I love you!” Life is short to say, “no time … I will do it tomorrow.” We may not have that tomorrow, say it now!
Live for today and make it your best!
Happy New Year and may you all be healthy, happy, and caring for those in your life and for those who will come into your future days.
Current Mood: Happy
Hardly seems like Christmas Eve of years gone by as I would be so busy preparing the finishing touches to a planned dinner for Christmas Day. I loved my sons being excited about the countdown till Santa’s arrival and if they would get what was on their wish list.
It is children that make this holiday special and meaningful and somehow it has lost its sparkle and its meaning. “I truly believe that Christmas is an attitude we can all adopt to practice all year around. For example, at a minimal cost a phone call to a loved one., a post card (remember those?) making a cake and sharing it, helping a neighbor or perhaps reading to the elderly or a child. Yes, there is always something good to do 365 days a year and I am starting to believe it more and more, as I age.”
Perhaps this is when we begin to appreciate all that we have and see how wonderful it truly is to share with others. And, perhaps this Christmas Eve others might find that they too can adopt my attitude and share their bounty with others and it won’t even dent the bank!
Happy Holiday to all and that is my Wish!
Current Mood: Happy
Just a week ago I wrote how much I was looking forward to the next few days helping my students and celebrating my birthday. It started on Monday evening at one of our local restaurants where Joe and his wife Chanipa and myself ordered some great food and had a brownie sundae with a candle on top. Tuesday I headed to see my Sophia and we had our 40 minute chat and talked about school and the upcoming holidays. After that I headed to my other school to work with my fourth grade students and review some math and I must admit they are catching on quickly……Then I visited my favorite hair stylist Alison of Shear Design and she brightened my brown hair with some red highlights, styled it after a little trim. I felt really glamorous as I headed to meet some yoga buddies at Grill 54.
One of my good friends bought me a birthday hat and a balloon and another presented me with a gift of organic green tea and a huge mug with an inscription “Embrace the Moment” across the rim. We had so much fun as we shared some bruchetta, liquid refreshments lots of laughter and great conversations. I was loving every minute of my big day and as I drove home (before dusk set in) “I thought just how fortunate I have been throughout my life and hoped it continued.”
I spent the early evening hours with phone calls of good wishes. Along with a beautiful layer cake that was all flowers. It is one of the prettiest original arrangements I have ever received, and it is still blooming as it sits on my table from my son Terry. As i finished reading my birthday cards I could hear my computer beckoning me from “Skype and knew my Brooklyn family was there.” ” How wonderful it was to hear Sam Meg and Mia as well as Maria and Darrin sing “Happy Birthday.”
Wednesday and Thursday I filled my hours with yoga, school and errands to finish before the mailing deadline
On Friday I had a procedure done to clear my nasal passages and told “no work or bending the rest of the day” and so I headed for my recliner and turned on the television. My head was still foggy from the prescribed medicine taken earlier that morning and so I heard the newscaster talk about the events taking place I thought I must have the wrong channels or I was delirious. Something didn’t jive (just yet) but within minutes I realized it was real and I could feel my eyes fill and the pain in my gut was wrenching…..It seemed like that awful time of 9-11 was repeating itself. How in God’s name could someone do something so horrific? And to take away innocent children’s lives the children of the world that I love so very much. Gosh, ” I don’t know how the parents and families will survive this massacre. I don’t believe I could and I consider my self a pretty strong woman.” This is by far a very frightening time for all of us and I am so worried for our schools and teachers and our wonderful children.
Please hug and hold your children and remember always to tell them how much you love them and how proud you are of all their accomplishments big and small. Above all teach them to be kind to each other and show them how you treat others. Children mimic adults all the time, let’s give them a good image.
My heart breaks as I see all the sadness in just a matter of a few days………..
Current Mood: Alarmed & Sad
There is something to be said about the month of December that makes me smile more than usual and I guess the number one reason is my birthday that I have loved to celebrate ever since I was a little girl. My Daddy would make a big deal of it and always managed to surprise me with some type of gift (even though there was very little money) and I treasured whatever it was. My Mom would make a cake for me and I somehow adopted the tradition and love-making cakes and brownies for those caring people who are a part of my wonderful life. I feel blessed by all the good that has happened on my journey thus far and I love shopping for little tokens of “friendship for my yoga family of instructors” for Christmas. This is so much fun as I try to match what ever it might be to their personality.
For my student that I mentor I have a pretty necklace and earring set for her and for my Austin who is learning to enjoy reading I gave a book written by Mark Twain. It is a classic titled The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and I sure hope he enjoys it. I have mailed gifts to my grand and great grand-children and plan on having some birthday lunches with friends that are also share December birthdays.
I get to see my son Joe who is treating me to a pre-birthday dinner tomorrow and that will be so nice. On my birthday I will be volunteering in the morning and then a hair appointment at noon to “spiffy me up” and perhaps make me look glamorous. If at all, ” it will give me that aha feeling that is priceless.”
Current Mood: Playful
I sure did miss volunteering last week with the school having a week off for the Thanksgiving Break. Seeing Sophia today and talking about school work and her plans for the future has me excited to hear how focused she is becoming and I love her positive attitude. We seem to have built a relationship that is becoming stronger with each visit and I look forward to her high school graduation in two years.
After our visit came to a close, I headed to Marlowe elementary to work with my fourth grade students that are having a difficult time with Math. Way back when I recall, I was not an A student in Math yet I did manage to pass. But, I never really understood Algebra and for the past weeks we have only worked on multiplication and division. Somehow this has worked out fairly well. But today, Kristen explained that Algebra was the culprit to be solved with five of the students.
I quickly told my five students about my dilemma and we decided we would take turns reading the problems and work it out together. We sort of learned some basics from each other and I now have a better handle on helping my other students tomorrow. Even “Tony remarked that he thought it was kind of neat that I admitted my lack of knowledge of algebra.” ” I smiled and replied that honesty is the best policy always! Now I am hoping I fare as well tomorrow.
Next on my agenda was my first grade class and I had to help a student do his preliminary test to prepare for a final test on Friday. As we sat at our table he looked so forlorn until I reassured he would do well and all he had to do was listen to the problem I read. I could re-read it if necessary, but that was it! He seemed to gain confidence as he filled in the bubbles for his answers and then I heard a deep sigh, as I read the last problem. When I looked at him as he colored in the bubble, his face was now relaxed. He smiled as he looked at me and said “thank you Ms Millie for helping me today and I replied, it was my pleasure to help you and I know you will do well on Friday.”
And so for now I look forward to tomorrow!
Current Mood: Playful