My lawn is covered with several inches of snow. The sky is overcast and gray; gloomy rain is predicted to arrive followed by more snow. No sunshine whatsoever.
All week long I’ve had to awaken at o’dark thirty to travel to the school farthest away from my house to present programs for my non-profit employer for the first class of the day and I’m not…shall we say an ‘early bird.’ So I’m a little tired and grumpy.
My house is naked on one side where the siding blew off in a windstorm. Spring hasn’t shown its perky little self in my neighborhood yet.
But it’s still a beautiful day in the neighborhood!
Why? Today is the birthday of my last born – my son, who lives and works in the state next door. Of course, Mama in her empty nest was feeling a little melancholy over not seeing son for his birthday. But then the miraculous text message appeared on her cell phone yesterday announcing that son will drive the six or so hours home today after work and will arrive in time for birthday cake tonight!
Mama quickly became a happy camper. Papa went to a near-by bakery known for their yummy cakes. There will be some celebrating at Mama’s Empty Nest tonight and tomorrow! I’ve got my happy face on! And it makes me want to sing:
“Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face;
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face.
Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy,
It’s not your style;
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad
Ya’ decide to smile!
Pick out a pleasant outlook,
Stick out that noble chin;
Wipe off that “full of doubt” look,
Slap on a happy grin!
And spread sunshine all over the place,
Just put on a happy face!”
Yep, celebrating the life of my son is like spreading sunshine all over the place. I can’t help but put on my happy face! Happy Birthday to my beloved son on this 24th page in Chapter 2 of my Opportunity book! I love you!