Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's a new day... and a new me.

Well, I've got to admit that I'm feeling much better this morning. The sun is shining, I have all the windows and doors open and I got my carpet cleaned yesterday afternoon. It's kind of strange to think that having a clean carpet = happiness... but there ya go. It's a small thing I know, but it just feels fresher around here. I feel fresher and more hopeful.

A sunny day... fresh air and a clean carpet. Nice things to have, eh?
But I've got to give credit where credit is due.
The comments that y'all left yesterday, made all the difference in the world. Really.
Like they say : "A burden shared, is a burden halved."

I was having a real "maudlin moment" but you made me smile, you made me think and you made me realize that I'm not the only one that goes through this.
So I thank you all... from the bottom of my heart.

I am where I am, and I'm doing my darnedest to accept that. And when you really think about it, how lucky are we to live in a world where instant communication is so darned easy? When I think of what prior generations went through, moving across the country or across the world, and the only means of communication left to them were letters that could take forever to get where they needed to go. Man.. it just makes my heart ache.

My Nana left Oklahoma in 1930 to join her sons who were then working in construction in California... and she never ever got to go "home" again. Well, there was no "home" left to go to after the dust bowl, but she still ached for what she missed. I remember her sharing stories of friends and family that she never saw again in her lifetime... and how she would wipe her eyes with her apron, when she told those stories.
Even the happy stories had her wiping her tears. Because she missed it all. The people, the place and the personal history and items that had to be abandoned.

At least I have a home to go back to, I have the luxury to be able to do it... and I have the added joy of being able to communicate with my son and my friends whenever I want. We can send IM's. We can blog. We can pick up the phone or even jump on a plane. People we've never even met, can offer words of encouragement and share their stories, pictures and anecdotes with us. Options that our ancestors never had.
And what about the folks who moved halfway across the world, before, during and after the war and who never had the opportunity to see their loved ones again? It's just so heartbreaking.

I decided to quit being such a sooky chook.. and to stop my whinging, because the world simply doesn't revolve around me.
So, here I am....I'm smiling again. I really am.
I just need the occasional apron for those teary moments.... and my friends.

6 comments:

Out Back said...

I am so pleased that you are feeling better Tatersmama.

Enjoy your day,
Tania

tatermama1210 said...

I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better. Sometimes it helps to get it all out. So use this "apron" anytime and know that you have friends who care, and you are making more all the time!

And you know what? Clean carpets DO help!! That and clean windows will do wonders to lift the spirits!

A big smile and a hug to you!

Angelena said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better today. You had a nice sunny day- hmf our snow is melting and my guys keep tracking mud in the house. I swear by springtime I will have no dirt left in my yard for I will have vacuumed it all up in my front doorway by the time spring comes!

The W.O.W. factor said...

Oh I'm glad you are felling better today! Amazing what a clean carpet can do! Wanna come clean my 20year old one that doesn't ever seem clean??
You know, I always have an apron hanging on my stove...you are welcome to it any time you want!
~Have a Huge Hug for a Happy Day~
Barb

Narelle Nettelbeck said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better today. It's totally ok to have your gloomy days. My hubby is away from home and I know he aches sometimes.

Thanks for your beautiful encouragement over at my blog. I appreciate your comments!

Hope the next few days and sunny for you on the outside and on the inside :)

Andrea said...

I was glad to see the sunshine back in your post! It must be hard to be away from family and friends....but you have a great perspective. The world is so amazing now, so technologically advanced, that we are all able to stay connected so much easier than even a decade ago. Plus, you seem like the kind of person that carries your loved ones with you all the time in your heart...so that keeps them close too. ;)


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