Today at work, they surprised each of us with flowers, a personal note and a $15 Starbucks card to show their appreciation for all that we do. It was a very welcome surprise.
Today is my mother’s birthday! There aren’t enough words to express the love that I have for this woman. She is kind-hearted, generous with her time and resources and gorgeous to boot. She is the sweetest person I know and I’ve always tried to pattern myself after her. If I had to pick one word to describe my mother, it would be gift. She is God’s gift to me and I am thankful for her everyday.
Just me being me.
Although this has been a very hard time for my family and I, my spirits have been pretty high. I have been trying not to be wrapped up in my feelings. I love Christmas and my family knows this. I spent the better part of yesterday wrapping gifts while listening to Christmas music.
I was feeling a bit melancholy when I got off work tonight. Then, I walked in the door…my honey bought me a Christmas tree. Talk about an instant spirit lift! I gasped and did a little dance.
I decorated my tree while watching the 2011 BET Awards; Tomi was my little helper. Now, we are off to bed to rest up for tomorrow’s festivities. I just love my honey for helping to make this Christmas special for me.
Just me being me.
Just me being me.
Every Christmas is special in my opinion. For the most part, it brings out the best in people. People are a little kinder to their fellow-man and have a tendency to step outside of themselves and try to do for others more at this time of year than any other time. I get an opportunity to see and hear from family that I often don’t get to see or hear from at any other time during the year which is nice. It’s an opportunity to meet the new babies, spouse and significant others of your friends and family members and to attend the countless holiday parties that have filled up your calendar.
Yes, I would say that Christmas is a pretty special time of year most of the time but for me, this Christmas will be the one that I remember for years to come. This year, I will wake up on Christmas morning, I will get to wake up and see the best gift I have ever gotten…my daughter. I always see her and talk to her during the holiday season but I have not had the joy of spending Christmas day with my daughter in seven years. She and I both pretty excited about the whole thing. We don’t really do anything special for Christmas but it will be nice to include her in our traditions…going to watch the lights as they pulse to Manheim Steamroller at Senske, driving around looking at different houses all done up for Christmas, hot beverages and Christmas music while ‘decking the halls’ and then Christmas morning breakfast followed by opening presents.
Usually at this time of year, we are stressing about whether there is too much snow in the mountain pass to make it over to see the family but this year, I will be just fine if we are snowed in. I am very thankful for this opportunity to make some memories that we will both have for a lifetime.
Yesterday, work was ridiculous! I was running late, started off the day by myself and then over the course of the day I worked with 5 other people including my clinic manager and a manager of another clinic.
It was great to have some help but the day as a whole was extremely busy, chaotic and stressful. By the time things slowed down I was drained and just ready to go; my brain was FRIED!
We had stopped taking patients for the evening and there was finally time to start putting some of the madness in order. My co-worker pointed toward the door. I looked up abd there stood my honey! She said “Hey!” and handed me a goodie…a small M & M’s figurine filled with the delicious candies. Then, she turned and walked out the door.
During my break she had asked how my day was going. I told her how it had started off kind of crazy and then spiraled downward from there. I appreciate her thoughtfulness in stopping by to give me a little boost to get me through the rest of my shift with a smile on my face. She’s awesome that way.
Just Me, JaVonna
The other day, Tomi & I made a trip to the corner store. She bought me a bag of Orange Slices. You know, the bright orange candies shaped like an orange wedge and coated in sugar? I have always loved these candies! I used to buy them all the time because you could get a big bag of them for $1.
That night, as I ate a few of them, memories started flooding back and I went to sleep with a smile on my face. For some reason, I like to eat them just before I go to bed. I think that some things are best appreciated in your sleepy clothes.
When Tomi & I were dating, my asthma was not in control and I was in the hospital all the time. Whenever I wasn’t feeling well, Tomi would come to visit me and bring me orange slices. She thinks they’re gross but has always loved the fact that such a small gesture could bring a smile to my face.
I have always appreciated Tomi’s understanding that if you let ‘the little things’ fall by the wayside, it makes the grand gestures on holidays, birthdays and anniversary seem more important than they are…in my opinion. Instead of waiting to present me with one grand and overpriced gesture of love, she does little things all the time just to show that she’s always thinking of me and the love we share.
I do like flowers but for me, its much sweeter to have a bag of my favorite candies waiting on my pillow when I get home from a long day at work; that’s the ‘sweetest’ love.
Just Me, JaVonna