Today, really was the best of days for me.
What would make you say that, I wonder?
For me the best days of my life have always been because I have spent some part of the time of my day with my family. Yes, most especially my immediate family - husband and son... but also, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, in-laws, Aunts, Uncles, cousins...
These days my parents and mother-in-law, have gone. Most of my Aunts and Uncles have gone. My siblings mostly don't want the family connection we used to have... one in particular - has told me goodbye and as the days, months and years progress, I feel he truly means it.
But even so - Today - WAS the best of days!
It was the best of days because I got to spend a couple of hours with a nephew I have not seen in a very long time. Not only did I spend time with him - I also saw and visited with his wife and family. It made my day!
Of course the passage of 11 years makes a difference to many appearances - but the man I visited with today, still is the little boy I cherished years ago. He speaks and my heart sings. Memories pile one on top of the other as we share our lives with stories, with laughter, with pictures - with love - and in the end - that is all that family should really be about.
How simple a day can be - how Blessed a life can be.
I am lucky that I can spend days like today with some in my family - I cherish these days so much, and I would love to be able to spend days like this one, with all my family. But I have learned that you can want something very very much, but unless others want it as well - it can never be.
So - I will cherish days like this one has been - for sure it will go in my jar of memories to be visited again January 1, 2018 - yes I am still entering my weekly happy thoughts for New Years Day 2018! Are you?
I am indeed a truly lucky woman - this week I will have yet another "Best Of Days", when one of my dearest friends and her husband come for a visit next weekend. Although we keep in touch regularly, we have not seen each other in a couple of years. I can't tell you how excited we are to have our friends come all the way from Alberta to visit us.
I have much to do to get ready for our company - even though my friend would be the first one to shake her finger at me and tell me not to "fuss" - well you know how it is - you want your home to be "ready" for your special guests... so ready I shall be!
I hope you all have "The Best of Days" many times this week. It really doesn't take much - but the effects can last a very long time indeed!