“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for helpers. You will always find people who are helping'” ~ Mr. Rogers
This afternoon, while making myself a bit of lunch, a kitty cat meows by the back door. I scoop up the bundle of him and we sit outside, enjoying the sunshine. We share a patio chair, a bowl of yogurt with fruit and listen to the birds.
The bulk of my daily conversations with friends and neighbors this week have been swollen with the transitions we're making in our lives. We share glasses of wine, a few tears, promises to stay in touch and excitement over new things to come. Late-night conversations with my children are much the same
How do you keep going when life is glorious and terrible and everywhere in between?
Along with, what I hope are a few words of wisdom, I've been sharing one of the most beautiful thoughts. Between jotting down things I'm grateful for and the sweet interactions I see in my days, my little notebook is filling up rapidly
(And so is my heart)
A neighbor mows the lawn for another who is out of town
The cutest story of a matchmaking grandson [via The New York Times]
Friends come together to fill a freezer full of meals for someone who hasn't been feeling well
The bus driver who stops and waits for the guy running as fast as he can to catch a ride. The good Samaritan who picks up the books that fell out of his backpack and drives to the next stop to hand deliver them
Cookie recipes in your inbox – “Couldn't help but think of you!”
Friends to dangle your feet in a cool swimming pool with
Bouquets of wildflowers from a friend's garden waiting outside your front door
Your mom who knows the perfect wine to pair with anything and always makes everybody's favorite dishes
To the woman in the chocolate aisle: We've never officially met, but if you're reading, I'm sure I looked sad and desperate that afternoon. Thank-you for your funny suggestion/reminder/not-so-subtle-hint. “Boy the cherries sure look good today, wouldn't you say?”
Our kitty who sleeps on my pillow. Right before I go turn out the light, he instinctively knows that it's time to find his way to his spot. Being tucked in is the ultimate feeling of comfort and kindness
A friend who realized I'd been caught in a torrential downpour, came to find me on my walk, brought towels and gave me a ride home
The little boy ahead of me at the pet store who was so excited about getting a pet fish. “His name will be Lime”
One of our golden retrievers, Sally, seems to have a whole host of irrational fears and tummy troubles when she's upset. Harry is always right there to lick her face and lay right beside her
Guitar serenades from afar
Being kind to yourself and feeling your soul exhale with relief
Sending big hugs to everyone today!
(Featured Image Photo Credit: Instagram – @myflowerdiary)