While living in a nest full of four lovely daughters, I found many things to smile about throughout every day--

I'm sure y'all smiled at the same things-

  • their squeals of delight
  • the way they laughed at something funny
  • watching one sister help another
  • watching them blow out the candles on their birthday cakes
  • their wonder at the joys of Christmas
  • the joy they experienced when they learned something new
  • during dance recitals, orchestra concerts, choral and dance and band performances
  • during soccer games, softball games and powder-puff football games
  • when they got their drivers' licenses
  • when they told a joke
  • went to the prom
  • got married
  • graduated from high school and then college

 The list is endless, isn't it? So were the smiles. I have to say that raising four daughters was nothing less than a pure delight. With a bit of hard work...LOL

But what in the world is there left to smile about when these lovelies grow up and move out into the world?

More than I thought, actually...

  • the delightful memories of raising the lovelies
  • the realization that one or more of the lovelies will be coming home for a family gathering 
  • my phone when it alerts me that one of the lovelies is calling and/or texting (which, lucky for me, happens daily)
  • Tucker (my sweet pup)
  • new babies in the family even if they aren't your grandchild
  • wonderfully, delightfully funny and loving friends
  • my crazy brother's lame jokes
  • the birds at the bird feeder
  • the garden
  • the students at school
  • the birds Tuck and I see at the ponds and on the marsh when we get to walk AFTER the sun rises
  • the other dogs at the dog park
  • the marsh at sunrise
  • a baby, child, or elderly person's laugh
  • a cold winter's day (ok, that might just be me)
  • a surprise package in the mail, or a letter or a card
  • hugs
  • big, fuzzy, floppy socks

There are still many things for us to smile about when the nest becomes empty. And it doesn't even all revolve around our kids.

 Life offers us many, many wonderful things to bring us joy and happiness. Little things that remind us that, no matter what phase of life we may be experiencing, there are good, pleasant, enjoyable moments that will bring a smile to our faces.  And a certain warmth to our hearts.

What are you smiling about today?



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