Saturday, April 28, 2012

Oh, happy day!

A while back my daughter, Courtney, had a series of posts on Facebook called "30 Days of Happiness."  These are short reminders of the beautiful little things life has to offer, if we just look for them.  Court started it up again this week, and I just have to share.
Courtney Blackwell's 30 Days of Happiness, Day 1:
I've been feeling pretty down lately. It is amazing how in a blink of an eye, your whole entire being can change. Just. Like. That. But this morning, my sweet little 2-year-old filled my heart with so much happiness; it literally felt like it might explode. It was the type of joy I have been craving lately.

All morning, Hazel wore her "baby" Toni (previously known as Tony) in a mama-made dolly sling. The way she kissed Toni and how she rubbed her head gently was just so sweet. She walked around the house with Toni, sang to her and hugged her. Watching Hazel's mama skills was absolutely heartwarming. And then I realized something. Wow, she is nurturing her baby the only way she knows how to. By imitating, well, her mama.

I have never felt so proud of myself.

This morning, Hazel unknowingly reminded me how blessed I am to have raised such a gentle little soul. She reminded me that even when life is crappy, there is much more goodness to it. Her simple gestures have prompted me to remember to live in the current moment and make it exactly how I want it to be.

Is Hazel an earth angel? I think so.

Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to LOVE EVERY MINUTE!


Mimi said...

Awwwww! so very, very sweet!
There is so much that we can learn from children; in their unspoilt state they really appreciate life.
Hazel's hair is absolutely GORGEOUS!

grrouchie said...

that is a great story and all but

I LOVE that gorgeous red hair of hers! What a cutie!!!

Anonymous said...

And Courtney learned to be a good mother from you.
That is a sweet picture of Hazel and her doll.

Carmel said...

Who are you and what have you done with the man I know??

JeannetteLS said...

So is her mother, Linda Lou. I wonder where she got that from?

Also a wonderful entry simply to learn from and hold close. While I may have written lately about difficult things, never have I been so acutely aware of how wonderful it is to wake up every day. To simply have choices for my days.

Thank you for sharing this.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

@ Mimi and grrouchie: Thanks--that hair is really something!

@ Cassy: She makes me melt!

@ Carmel: I know, huh?! Not exactly living up to his nickname.

@ Jeanette: It's the little things that matter. And I always say, if you can wake up and walk to the bathroom and see your reflection in the mirror and then take a proper piss and shit... well, you have nothing to complain about.

Anonymous said...

She is a sweetie! :)

Tender Heart Bear said...

She is so cute. I remember when my kids would try to do the same thing I was doing. The one thing is they always tried to help me fold the clothes it was so funny. It also made me laugh watching them and knowing that I was there for them everyday. My kids and my boyfriends son and my granddaughter are my life and so is my boyfriend. I love them all.

Julie D said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww. That is the sweetest post ever.

I just wanna squeeze that litle redhead!

Taradharma said...

a needed reminder that life is indeed very very good. what a sweet story of multi-generational love and kindness.

Anonymous said...

When Courtney puts it altogether like this, she touches the bottom of my heart. Hazel is as beautiful and curious as Courtney was at that age.
Someone shared this quote from Lincoln and I'd like to pass it on: "In the end, it's not the years in your life, but the life in your years."
Miss ya,
Carmela said...

So sweet with her Toni! She has the most beautiful hair coloring! What a beautiful baby girl she is!

Vegas Linda Lou said...

@ Tender Heart Bear: It certainly is a blessing to have people in your life whom you love so much.

@ Julie: She is a sweet, sweet baby. You would love her!

@ Tara: Sadly, I think there was much more of that love that spanned the generations when we were growing up.

@ Carmela: Thanks for commenting! You've known Courtney since day one. Great quote from Lincoln--loved his avenue! Ha!

@ Simone and Anonymous: Thank you!

Debbie said...

OMG ... beautiful copper haired baby! LOVE HER!