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Elevator Elevation

I know we all have had to use an elevator on occasion and had to share the space with other passengers.  Do you look at the other people?  Do you smile?  Do they smile back?

Do they look up?  Or at the floor? Or at the floor number display?  Anywhere but at the faces of their fellow passengers, preferring to stare at the backs of their heads.  Strangers gathered together in a relatively tiny space for a mutual purpose.

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There is no common reason for people unknown to each other to stand so close; bodies touching in a crowded small room, other than waiting to be taken to their floor destinations.  Invading the others’ space.  Body odors; perfume fragrances fighting for dominance.  Making room for “just one more.”  Standing back for the person using a walker or a mother carrying her baby.

A little over a week ago, I had to take an elevator to see my doctor.  There were three other persons who crowded into the tiny elevator with me.  A friendly-looking elderly woman with her walker and her companion, and a gentleman who had a scowl on his face.

When the elevator got to the second floor, I started to walk out.  On a whim, I turned and said, “Have a nice day.”

The three passengers were startled.  But, they all smiled and wished me the same – even the scowling man.

I’m assuming I put a little sunshine into the rest of their elevator ride, but the “feel good” bonus was mine for the rest of my day.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy and enjoy the personal “elevating” rewards.

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Are You Ready For Flowering Cactus?

 

This is a wonderful video showing slow motion blooming cactus.  Gorgeous.

 

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Would You Believe…

 

…this is a houseboat in Iceland?

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A Milestone!

 

I received a surprise notice from the WordPress watchers behind the scenes.

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Boy, time flies when you’re having FUN!!!  😀

14 Wonderful, Unique and Funny Ways Kids Have Explained Disability

My granddaughter has Asperger’s on the Autism Spectrum. This post is a celebration of her and all the other kids who have what are known as “disabilities.” But, these kids DO NOT believe they are disabled. You will laugh at their senses of humor! 🙂

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-Fern

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At The Mighty, we know that sometimes kids can offer us a brand new perspective on the world. So, we decided to ask our readers who are parents to share some of the wonderful, unique and funny things their kids have said about their disability.

These were your answers:

1. “‘I’m not Autistic, I’m Cara.’ My now 9-year-old daughter said that when someone called her autistic instead of saying she had autism. Well played, baby girl. Well, played.” – Kim Vivanco

2. “My cousin says she has ‘Up syndrome’ because she’s happy, not sad.” – Cassie Collins

3. “My oldest son is in fourth grade…

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A Nice Change Of Pace For Today – The Last of the Dog Babysitters

I hope you viewed the first and second of the series.  This is the last one, and I sure hope you enjoy these precious photos as much as I have!

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When I Must Leave You

Many years ago, when I lost my first husband, Danny, someone gave me a poem, thinking it would help, in some measure, to ease his passing.  It was a very thoughtful gesture; however, at the time, I couldn’t fully appreciate its power.

I do now.  Danny, it was twenty-two years ago today, when you passed into another dimension.  It is today, and every day hereafter, that I can appreciate the power of this poem.  It is as if you were speaking to me:

When I must leave you

For a little while–

Please do not grieve

And shed wild tears;

And hug your sorrow to you

Through the years.

But start out bravely

With a gallant smile;

And for my sake

And in my name

Live on and do

All things the same.

Feed not your loneliness

On empty days;

But fill each waking hour

In useful ways.

Reach out your hand

In comfort and in cheer

And I in turn will comfort you

And hold you near;

And never, never

Be afraid to die,

For I am waiting for you in the sky!

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Some Grape Respite at the End of the Day for Those Who Have Had a Bad Day

Let’s lighten up the atmosphere (or blogosphere) this evening.  Only one more day of the week to get through until the (hooray!) weekend comes into view.

For those who enjoy a little “pick-me-up” or need a “come down” from the hectic day, the following (hopefully) will put a smile on your face while you’re holding your favorite grape product in your favorite glass.  Drink up!  Or, drink down.

 

 

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A Negative Turned Into A Positive

Had a 2:15 appointment at a dental office today.  Was almost there, when my phone rang and was told that my dental appliance didn’t arrive yet and the office wanted to push my appointment back to 3:30, when they were expecting that the delivery would be made.  I was so annoyed, that I hung up on the girl, after yelling at her that I should have been notified before I left home for the appointment.

This office isn’t around the corner from where I live.  The round trip is almost 25 miles.  So, I made a “u-ey” and went back home.

Mulled over what happened and called the office.  Told the girl I won’t make another appointment until the dentist calls me as soon as he can.  He did call in the early evening and stated that they still didn’t get the delivery.  He was very apologetic, and due to my inconveniences, he said I will have a nice reduction in my bill and get a free teeth bleaching!

I’ll take a 25-mile ride again for that kind of consideration.

Mother Learns From Daughter

I was reading many blogs today; commented on some; liked others.  Decided to take a look at daughter’s last blog post, and came across a little “tidbit” that struck me like a soft love-punch to the shoulder:

Find happiness every day. If you look, there is always something that brings a smile to your face, even if it is only for a fleeting moment. Take that moment and study it, amplify it, make it the center of your day. That fleeting moment suddenly grows bigger and brighter as you take the time to contemplate it. In no time at all, you recapture that feeling of happiness.

I could never have expressed what I’m trying to do here with my blog so succinctly as did my daughter!

Now, this wasn’t the first time I read this particular blog post of hers, but, you know, many times you can read something and kind of “quick read” it and the point gets missed somehow.  This time I didn’t miss it.