Friday, April 27, 2012

Happiness is not. . . . .


‎"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present." - Jim Rohn

Not my Mom's anything

A few months ago Mom and I talked about taking a car trip this year to Maine. She has always wanted to do to Maine (my mother is strange for our family - she likes COLD weather. Cold COLD COLD weather. We took her to Alaska a couple of years ago but it was during a heat wave (for Alaska), so she thought Maine would be her Nirvana. Financially, this was not the year to take a trip but then I read the Happiness quote. After praying on it and discussing it with my husband, I flew to New York on Thursday and tonight Mom and I are snuggling under the blankets listening to the 30 mile and hour winds howl outside our hotel room door in Ogunquit, Maine. Today we fulfilled Mom's desire to visit all four corners of the USA: Washington, California, Florida and Maine. (she does not count states that joined the USA after her birth.

We had a great dinner tonight at a seafood place on Post Road. I had a lobster salad and a glass of chardonnay but first I started with clam strips and tartar sauce. I normally do not eat breaded/fried fish and while I enjoyed it tonight I would not choose it again tomorrow It is not one of those things I could eat often. I am not use to fried foods anymore. 

Last April/May, my mom and I took a road trip out west to visit her brother whom she had not seen in 20 years. We were going to put the trip off because my sister was having a baby at that same time but we decided life goes on and we stayed with our plans. Thank God we went last year because my uncle passed away earlier this year.

Today I heard that everything that happens in life is either a blessin' or a lesson. What do you think?


Jane~

7 comments:

E. Jane said...

Bless you for taking your mother traveling to fulfill her desires. You must have a very good relationship with her and are a good daughter. I think someday your will view this as a both a blessin' and a lesson. There is much to be learned from caring for our parents in their older years.

downsizers said...

I am glad you followed God's leading in this. I have always said I am not going to look at my mother in her casket and wish I had spent more time with her or made her happy while I could. We let money make decisions for us too often. It's only a thing and people are more important than things. Good job.

Vickie said...

Loved the quote.

I took a week off work when I was in my early 20's and took my grandmother (in a wheelchair) from Indiana to Colorado to see two of her brothers (who she had not seen in years). By the time I got home I had to take another couple days off work to recover. It was exhausting. But I have always been very glad I did it. She died the year the youngest was born. I have missed her very much.

wishfulshrinkingslp said...

What a great trip!

I think most times in hindsight my lessons become blessin's

bbubblyb said...

Glad you're enjoying your trip with your mom. I agree about everything happens in life as either a blessin or a lesson.

Vickie said...

still on the road?

Jane Cartelli said...

We've done CT, MA, ME, NH, VT, NJ and today we did Brooklyn and Queens. I cannot wait to come home and take a vacation! I will be on the road until Monday.