All posts tagged: Laughter

Stealth Mode

I was in Wal-Mart last night picking up some groceries, when I suddenly spotted the turkeys.  They were there in the freezer just like they are every year, but this year is different.  A cold chill ran up my spine and into my heart as I stared at them.  This is the first Thanksgiving my parents won’t be here.  I swerved up a different isle trying to keep the tears from coming and feeling the waves of grief that comes with them.  It didn’t help; everywhere I looked there were more reminders.  Then I started getting texts from my friend and (used to be) neighbor.  He had spotted my car in the parking lot and Lindsey sitting in it.  He said “hi” to her then started texting me as if he were stalking me in the store.  It was so funny it made me laugh.  He told me he was looking for me and if he found me I would have to pay for his groceries.   We went in stealth mode through the store, I …

Just Being Me

Today I am thankful I am me. Saying I am thankful I am me sounds a bit conceited perhaps, but I am truly thankful that we are each of us wonderfully and individually made.  There’s not a single person that is identical to another person inside and out.  What a great gift to wake up in the morning and realize today we have the opportunity to show the world who we are.  We can use our talents, work our hardest, give our best, be goofy, and be authentic.   No matter who you are or what your station in life might be, realize that there is only one you.  No one else can ever take your place.  You have a purpose, a reason you are here.  Don’t give up or let yourself become complacent, the world needs you, we need you. Look in the mirror today and say, “Today, I am thankful I am me.”   Then let the people in your life know you are thankful for them.  Cherry Coley © Related articles A Lesson on Knowing Yourself (


“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes,  I tell you yesterday is a wind gone down, a sun dropped in the west.  I tell you there is nothing in the world only an ocean of tomorrows, a sky of tomorrows.” – Carl Sandburg     A lovely insert from Carl Sandburg sounded just perfect for today.

Lawn Mower Mishaps and Running Dogs

I bought a lawn mower over the weekend, but it was really too wet outside to mow.  So I decided to mow tonight.  The yard wasn’t too bad, because my landlord had been mowing it for me, but his mower died last week so the back yard had not been mowed in a couple of weeks.  That wouldn’t have been bad either if it hadn’t been raining so much.  I was a bit nervous checking the mower over and preparing to use it for the first time.  I really didn’t want to blow the thing up the first time I used it or something.  My neighbor (a retired military man) watched me for a few minutes then came over and helped me read the hieroglyphics they call an instruction manual.  Then he started it for me.   Our back yard is not that big, but the front yard is huge!  I didn’t realize how big it really was until I was mowing it last night.  It’s a brand new lawn mower with an owner that doesn’t know …