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As much chocolate as it takes...

Posted Monday, May 28, 2012, at 3:02 PM

Sitting here trying to decide what topic I should discuss; my head spinning out of control with thoughts ranging from good to bad..decided to enjoy a few bites of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee before proceeding. Oh yes, its those simple things that make all of the difference.

Savoring that tiny chunk of Dove dark chocolate reminded me that we seem to forget just how to enjoy those small things when so much goes on in our lives. We focus on the negative things and miss those that may not be life changing but are still capable of delivering smiles and a few chuckles. I find my thoughts steering towards the horrible and sad things that have happened and not on the fact that Kash, our youngest grandchild, is able to pull himself up and walk while pushing a toy. Morgan has graduated from a crib in to a "big girl" bed and loves it. Maddy Rose has a secret, "Robbie has a baby in her tummy?" That secret was out a few months ago, but she continually shares that secret, over and over and over. Not sure what she will do next month when that baby is welcomed into the world.

Speaking of Robbie's baby in her tummy the joy that I feel as I watch my daughter touch and caress her belly, over and over and over is tremendous. My baby is going to have a baby! A bit weepy when I think about it, but they are happy tears. Robyn has that motherly instinct down pat, and I am so excited and proud of her, even though this is grandchild number 10! What...oh my now the tears flow because that is such an amazing number...yep trying to talk myself in to that one being a good thing and not the "dang, that makes me sound old" kind of thing!

We have nine remarkable grandchildren that bring us such joy and pride at this time. Each has their own personality, and I can not begin to tell you how much in love with them I am! Being a grandparent is a feeling that is indescribable! But, you know that we would not have grandchildren if we hadn't had those wonderful kids of ours. Sometimes we take our kids for granted and forget that if it weren't for them...no grand-babies to spoil!

Soon I will be celebrating another birthday, at this age I find that I am witnessing more and more sadness as parents age, get sick and pass away, I myself have more aches and pains and get frustrated because I am unable to do simple things either because of sore joints and I just plain forget what it was that I was supposed to do. Our family is still in shock when we think about Michael celebrating his 21st birthday at the Madonna Rehabilitation Center, not able to walk or use his fingers.

I guess that it is normal human nature to focus more on the bad as it is more traumatic and sometimes life altering. Perhaps we all need to sit back, grab a morsel of chocolate and savor the good things in life, no matter how small. Perhaps look for the good within the bad (easier said than done)...as for me I am tired of being sad, time to bring on the smiles and as much dark chocolate as it takes!

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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