Happy things: my siblings, North Shore, fresh flowers.
My twin sister married a guy with brown curly hair that is outgoing and fun and doesn’t mind some healthy confrontation. Sara has always had a curly-haired other half to meet people with and balance out her more gentle and reserved personality. Ryan and I are similar in more ways than the curls and we may have taken a little time to warm up to one another. We might have argued like siblings before we were siblings. But two months after he married my most amazing twin, his mom passed away of cancer and I loved that brother no matter what. And now, 7 years later, he and his siblings share something with me and my siblings. We share a gianormous hole where our moms were.
Today, I missed mom all day but still felt happy. I have every Tuesday off for the rest of the semester. (The rest of the days are in the Psychiatric Unit…HIPAA puts a real cramp on the blog fodder but just rest assured, my days are fascinating). So today I took off for the North Shore with Roommate Erin and Our Friend Shawn. We ate Aoki’s shave ice and Storto’s sandwiches, swam at Sunset beach, threw a football like champs, and had a beautiful drive home. I was happy.
But burst into tears for a good five minutes when this song came on the radio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOufqWodFNo.
I get officially angry at songs that purposefully rip the tears out of you (go away, Bob Carlisle songs). But today I wanted to hug Natalie Grant for giving me a four and a half minute window of time to miss my mom, tell Jesus I still loved him, and thank God for holding us here on earth. And then I continued to be happy the remainder of the day.
Today I am grateful for the Burns family – my siblings in law (law). I am grateful for Tuesday trips. And I am grateful for the flowers I bought last week that still look awesome.