03.24.19 St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

Founded in 1971, the St. Patrick’s Parade of Metairie has been taking to the streets of Old Metairie for over the past forty years! The parade consists of floats and trucks, bands, marching clubs, and all the carrots, cabbages, potatoes and beads you can catch! Our family has been attending this parade since before Roy and I were married in the early 1970s!  Roy grew up a  block from Metairie Road and we’d all walk together, as a family, from his house to the parade every year.  After Roy’s mom died we pretty much stopped going.

A few years ago after we got Dora (our motor home) we began coming to the parade again. We parked Dora near the route and enjoying the parade with family and friends again.  Dora’s gone now but I went with Chip’s family to Metairie Road after church Sunday morning.  We missed some of the parade but still got to see around 100 floats!  Roy’s niece Christy, her husband Otis and their son Zachary were there and we loved seeing them!

Chip, Misty, their friend Carlos, Madisyn, her friend Cheyenne and me, Grannie, piled into Chip’s big SUV and headed for Metairie.  Carlos doesn’t walk too well so Chip wanted to park as close to Metairie Road as possible.  There were no parking spaces block after block after block.  All the side streets were packed but somehow Chip managed to find a spot less than a block from Metairie Road.

I’ve never seen so many people out there for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

This was an interesting set up. Children will sit on the bench on top of the ladder and can drop everything they catch (except a large cabbage) down the shoot where it will land in a big tub at the bottom.

Madisyn and her buddy Cheyenne with their baby dolls shoved down their sweatshirts.  They did get some odd looks

There was so much waving arms and catching food and beads, not a lot of pictures of the floats were taking !

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Another new feature seen often at this parade were the big blue buckets in the picture below.  They make an excellent large target for the people on the second floor of the floats to throw at!

I didn’t get this photo taken in time for you to see President Trump’s picture on the back of this float with an American flag waving.  I loved it.  of course it was also a New Orleans Saints Football float! 

This young man caught one of the yellow referee flags that were thrown from some fo the floats.  This was in reference to the “non call” that cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl. Yes, Louisianian’s never forget……………….

I came home with 5 cabbage, 10 carrots, 12 potatoes, 10 lemons and some other snacks. Way, way less than last year.  That was on purpose but when it started flying off the floats to us it was hard to resist getting more.  I cooked all the potatoes and made potato salad with half and a cheesy potato casserole with the other half.  I made unsweetened lemonade with half the lemons.  Three of the cabbage were cooked and will turn into a cabbage casserole this week!  Lots of yummy food!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Sunday!

03.19.19 The Big Red Barn – Madisyn’s 10th and Kallie’s 18th birthdays!

Our oldest grandchild turns 18 today!  Happy 18th Birthday Kallie Barnes!
Can’t wait to see how this beautiful lady rocks this world as an adult!

We just discovered the coolest, most adorable, fun place in Ponchatoula where we attended Madisyn’s 10th birthday party.  The Big Red Barn Creative Art Center is a perfect place for many different activities, parties, art classes, paint and play, art camps and sewing classes.

As the owner says on her website,

“It’s not Big, it’s not Red and it’s not a Barn, but it is A LOT OF FUN.”

If you have children or grandchildren this is a place you must take them to.  I didn’t know it existed until we learned Madisyn’s 10th birthday party would be there. Now I’m wishing I was a 10 year old so I could go to all of the activities there.

The brilliant young lady behind the Big Red Barn is Melissa Durel-Porter: artist, teacher, dreamer, and dabbler.

Melissa (known as Ms. Missy) has 23 years in arts education for over 23 years. This experience includes dance, creative dramatics, visual art, and music appreciation.  As soon as I met her I liked her!

When you walk in the front door you are in her cheerful play room, filled with toys.  The playroom is used for class discussions, stories, rug/lesson time, and free play. These two pieces of art made up of various miscellaneous objects create a tree and a pink flamingo!

Through a pair of french doors is her art room where most of Madisyn’s birthday party took place.  The room is filled with light and color and is perfect for all sorts of creative art activities.

I am aware that I “may” look out of place with all those little girls but I can’t tell you how much I loved getting to paint with them.

The library/lounge was a comfortable place where the children played and adults rested while the girls painted.  The sewing room has several sewing machines, tons of fabric scraps and vintage sewing patterns and notions.

Another play room had doll houses, a tent play area and just about anything a child would want to play with.

This blog post could be (but isn’t) very very long since there is so much to share about the amazing spaces she’s created at The Big Red Barn.  Every square inch of all the walls are filled with creative art, art supplies, toys, etc.  I throughly enjoyed being there. There are so many activities taking place there that the list would be very long.

I’m going to stop here because her website and facebook space describe it all so much better than I could.

THE BIG RED BARN WEBSITE  http://bigredbarn4kids.com/index.html

THE BIG RED BARN FACEBOOK SPACE https://www.facebook.com/bigredbarn4kids/

Madisyn’s birthday party there was fabulous.  The party theme was Hawaiian luau and all things beachy so we started off by painting flip flops, sand and water on canvas with instruction from Ms. Missy.  I say “we” because yes Grannie Rosalyn and 12 little girls participated in the painting.  I loved it!  One thing I thought was cool was that there was no “example” to look at.  This was to let us be as creative as we wanted to instead of trying to copy the example.

Chip and Misty provided pizza, fruit/vegetables and desserts. The girls and us sang Happy Birthday to Madisyn.  This is such a great birthday party idea and every one of the girls loved it.  Here’s some of their flip flop creations!

Madisyn had a big smile on her face the whole time and was a beautiful Happy Birthday girl! Several of the girls went home with Madisyn for a sleep over. We weren’t there but from the looks of the pics it was a great night which included getting made up by Madisyn’s big sis Kallie!

If you like what you see here or on their website here’s The Big Red Barn’s contact info, 234 SE Railroad Ave, Ponchatoula, LA 70454,  985-373-0468.

After all this fun on Friday night we rested Saturday. I went with Chip’s family to Metairie on Sunday for the St. Patrick’s Day parade!  All about that in our next blog post!
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01.31.19 Sunshine, Food and Family

What a wonderful time we had this past sunshiny Sunday afternoon with our family.  A lot has been happening in our families life not leaving much time for to just sit a spell and visit.

We got to do that Sunday with our son Chip, his wife Misty, their niece Haylee, and Chip’s friend Trey who he calls his son, so I think that makes Trey our grandson!   We ate bowls of chili and got to visit.  Here’s Misty, Chip, Trey and Haylee.  All of these photos are clickable to enlarge.

We went down by our pond where we had a nice long visit while Haylee and Trey road around the pond in our paddle boat.

Haylee is pretty good at catching fish with her hand.  This pic shows her holding a piece of bread tempting the fish to jump up to get it!

I love it when Roy brings his new drone out and takes videos and photos.

This is the screen on his ipad he uses to show what the drone sees.  These are some photos Roy took with his drone Sunday afternoon.

In the photo below,our house is on the left.  I absolutely love seeing our area from so high up! 

Having Chip, Misty and those two young people around was fun.  The weather was beautiful and the fellowship was even better!

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10.26.18 Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Roy and I, Chip and Misty and a couple of their friends from church went to the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow on Sunday afternoon, October 21st.  We made the mistake of not going on Saturday and only going late on Sunday (had to stay home until the weekend renter brought Dora back) so we missed most of it!  What we saw was fabulous and we will definitely correct our mistake at next year’s show!  The following is information I gathered from various sources along with photos we and others took this weekend.

Coming off of a 26 year hiatus, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow was back on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. The theme of ‘Freedom, Then and Now’ honored the Hammond Airport’s heritage as a WW2 fighter pilot training base. Here’s how everything was laid out.

The show featured Skip Stewart, one of the most entertaining pilots in the world and his Prometheus BiPlane.  The AeroShell Aerobatic Team has been performing for over twenty-five years, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America. Also performing were the world record holding Shockwave Jet Truck, the all female Misty Blues Jump Team, comedy act by Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys and Big Air Insanity FMX Motocross Team.

Shockwave Jet Truck

Skip Stewart Air Shows

Helicopter rides were available at $45 a person and for all the kiddos there was a Kids’ Zone with flight-themed bounce houses and slides.

The Grand Finale each evening was the F-22 Raptor which is rare to see. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in war fighting capabilities. Although over 300 airshows requested the F-22’s presence, the Raptor is only making 23 appearances nationwide this year and Louisiana is one of them.

09.20.18 Madisyn’s school’s family dance with her family

Thursday, September 20, 2018 – When I got the phone call from Madisyn asking me to go to her school’s dance with her on my birthday, this Grannie’s whole insides lit up! She’s given me permission to write this blog post and share her photos!

Her new school had a Family Dance and Madisyn probably had the most family there!  Paw Paw, Grannie, Chip, Misty, Kallie and her mom Liz.

The adults mostly sat in the chairs along the walls watching the little ones (1st grade to 5th grade) run around and dancing some.  They all had those glow stick necklaces around their necks and glowed the night away!  Not sure I liked the choice of music but the kids like it and some even danced!  The  6th – 8th Grade had a Back to School Dance the week before.  In two years that will be Madisyn going to the big kids dance!

Madisyn’s family (minus Grannie who took the photo) Kallie, Misty, Roy and Chip before the dance.  Notice the fingers over the adults heads, yes that’s my husband and son doing that!

Chip, his wife Misty and Madisyn

Madisyn and Chip

Kallie, Misty, Madisyn, Chip

Roy and I and two of our granddaughters Madisyn and Kallie!Grannie and Madisyn

Madisyn and her sissy Kallie taking care of her!

Paw Paw dancing with Madisyn!  I think she survived!

The photos above are all of Madisyn and her family.  She spent a good bit of the evening with her friends and classmates and it was fun seeing her having such a good time!  Thanks Madisyn for letting all of us join you at your family dance! Love you doodlebug!

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09.14.18 Chauvin Produce Company

Friday, September 14, 1954 – Today is my 64th birthday!  Happy Birthday to me!  Lots of wonderful birthday wishes from my Facebook friends and family, my sister and my two sons.  My birthday celebration started a couple of weeks ago when our oldest son’s family took us out to dinner at LaCaretta – DELICIOUS!!! Our youngest son Chip, Misty and Kallie took us this week to a new restaurant in Amite called Boot Hill – new found DELICIOUS!! I truly think we’ve found our new favorite restaurant in Amite!  Iplan to rite about our meal at Boot Hill since it’s a new restaurant and the word needs to get out! We are celebrating yet again this evening at Madisyn’s school’s family dance. I will share about that later.  Sunday will be birthday cake at Chip and Misty’s house.  I feel so loved!

Here’s what was originally today’s blog post before I started on the birthday kick!

No, there is no such there as Chauvin Produce Company but as much effort as this garden is taking there should be.  My honey Roy is a beast and works as hard as he can to complete every project he undertakes.

We are moving lots of our flowering plants from over by the RV patio; moving our blueberry plants AND undertaking our first real vegetable garden in years.  Last year’s pitiful effort taught us we need to learn more and do things way different.

First on the plan was to make room next to the house to move the eight blueberry bushes to.  They will be in mostly full sun.  Where they are located now they are mostly shaded.  A little sun but not enough.  The last two years our crop from eight bushes we had two berries one year and three berries the next!

This 25 foot by 8 foot degrassed space will be the home of our future blueberry garden!

The 25 foot by 8 foot area of grass was transplanted to an area we’ve been trying to get grass to grow since we moved here. Peat Moss, Cow Manure and Compost along with Fruit bush fertilizer containing ground sulphur will be mixed in with the soil for our blueberries. Lots more than what this picture shows.

My sweet ex boss and dear friend Donna and her great hubby Chuck said we can use their tiller for our blueberry patch and our vegetable garden.  Next up will be photos of several days of work on Roy’s part digging up the grass.  Yes grass that we hand planted and lovingly helped to grow and spread.  That’s the grass Roy dug up!

 

The seeds planted two weeks ago are ready to be put into the ground!  And my rock row markers!  I added some different vegetables after we started so there was more rock painting for the onions, bell pepper and brussel sprouts!

Here’s Roy carrying the roll of grass down the hill in the wheel barrow.  

The boards Roy got to frame the vegetable garden.

Next time I’ll share all the tilling, adding layer after layer of nutrients, building the vegetable garden frame, digging rows and planting the vegetables I started from seeds.

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07.11.18 Mama’s Publishers Clearing House List

Image result for publishers clearing houseEven those of you who knew my mama well, probably did not know this.  She was obsessed with winning the Publisher’s Clearing House for several years.  She knew without a doubt that Ed McMahon was going to show up at her house with her prize.  I think I remember her having a special box of cookies for when they came.  That part could just be in my mind!

Anyway, on her birthday in 2001 (she wrote it as 2K1) she wrote the following note about what her wishes were if she should win the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.  This is it in her writing.  I’m going to type it up below her handwritten version in case you can’t read her writing.

I thought about this note when Philip Bankston got up to speak a few Sundays ago about the Family Life Building we hope to soon start on at our church Trinity Baptist.  You’ll see why in #1 of mama’s note.

Rewritten from 5-18-2K1. Notes:  My wishes if I should win the Publishers Clearing House “Sweepstakes”.  after thanking God for his hand in it.

1. I would pay off debt on Trinity Church, help build the much needed “Family Center”

2.  I would pay off Harriett and Georges home, Rosalyn and Roys, also Dana and Erics.  Pay off Rosie’s Car, buy Harriett a new car, give Greg a generous wedding gift to go on a home for he and Nancy, Buy Chad a new car, whatever Chip wants for his truck and help for school.  A new car for Gloria and Olga.

Pay off loan to bank (not to much)

Car Insurance 6 months and house for 1 year.

Good health policy and keep enough to keep my car in good condition, also home.

I do not need or want a new home or car, I like what I have.

If there is anything left over add to future schooling for Joseph and Annie.

I want to keep my Hibernia bank account with Joyce Kemp.

An unlisted phone number.

Chip approved this – too bad if no one else does!!!

The words on the side say “In case it is necessary Harriett and Rosalyn Joint Power of Attorney”

Yes we are now looking forward to the approval and building of our Family Life Center at Trinity.  Can’t wait to see that dream become a reality.  Our church family has grown so much we really need it now.  I know that mama will be smiling in Heaven when it does!

This note also says so much about my mama.  Her wants were so small in comparison to what she wanted to do for her family and friends from her winnings.  Her first wish was to give to God’s church and her last wish was for very little for herself.  She loved each of us in her family so much and always sacrificed for us.  We knew we were all loved and still know that!

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05.20.18 Dance revue, A1C, baseball game, remote control flying, crawfish boil, 3rd grade awards and June 4th!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Several days ago we picked up our granddaughter Madisyn to go see two of our other granddaughters dance revue. They were so adorable and we really enjoyed seeing what the girls had learned.  Madisyn enjoyed being with her cousins and even danced around on the stage with her girl cousins after the revue.

We recently learned that a couple, friends of our oldest son and his wife, are also friends with two young couples we know that moved from Louisiana to Texas.  Such a small world we live in!  Alanna was our student worker at Southeastern and married Matt, a young man from our home church.  They now live in Texas and through their children made friends with Christina and her husband.  When we walked into the dance revue there was Christina and her children sitting with our family!  She and I took a photo together after the revue while we were getting reacquainted.

Mother’s Day was a wonderful day and I’ll write about that in a separate blog post.

The monthly doctor visit to have my A1C checked went pretty well.  In case you haven’t been following us here lately, our orthopedic doctor in Tennessee won’t do my partial knee replacement until my A1C is down to 7.0.  It’s not perfect yet or down all the way to 7.0 but Dr. Valdes is very pleased with me being down to 7.6.  A few months ago it was up to 10.2, three months ago 9.1, then 8.1, then 8.1 again and now 7.6!   I also lost 9 more pounds this past month.  That is what happens when you only eat three small meals a day with as little carbs as possible.  I aim for 30 carbs per meal but can have 45.

I wrote a paragraph here yesterday about something and then my computer shut down because it was unplugged and the battery wore out.  I didn’t remember what I wrote when it happened and still don’t.  This is part of the frustration that comes with having dementia.  I do, write or say something and then almost immediately don’t remember what I did, wrote or said.

Further on in my writing here I remembered what I forgot I had written so I’ll add it here. After seeing Dr. Valdes and getting the A1C result I called Dr. Schrader, the Tennessee orthopedic doctor, to plead my case for having the knee replacement done with my A1C being 7.6.  They said to ask Dr. Valdes to fax the results to him for his consideration.  It was late Friday so I will not know until next week what the decision is.

We had a busy day Saturday.  Our only grandson had his last baseball game of the year early yesterday in Baton Rouge at Istrouma Baptist Church. They have a really nice set up there where at least 8 games can be played at the same time.  It’s qui te a big church league with lots of happy little boys and girls playing ball!  We got to play with two of our granddaughters while our grandson played ball.  He got on base twice and was very attentive to the action going on on the field.  I was very impressed that such a young boy was so focused on the game.  We got a big smile and hug from him when he came off the field after the game.  The league had its end of the year event after the games and we were able to attend that as well.   At our oldest son’s request, there are no photos of the grandchildren.

From Baton Rouge we went to Hammond to Camping World.  We always purchase our outside fabric covered rocking chairs there.  Two of them have started coming apart at the seams and on one the arm rest collapsed.  I know we are not small people but they are rated to hold 300 pounds so it was a defective product.  We usually buy a warranty when we think we need it and thankfully we had it on all three.  We replaced two of them with this rocker that we hope will look nice on the front porch of our house when we move in!

This is our local Dixie RV and Camping World.  If an RVer has never visited a Camping World they haven’t lived yet!  So many RVing ideas all throughout the store.  This is their busy time of year so this was where we had to park far away from the door.  We’re usually parked right up by the door at other times of the year.

From there we went on to the Hammond Park Flyers Club field on Fagan Drive where Roy and his flying buddies fly their planes and drones.  Roy’s cousin Chris pulled up shortly after we did and cranked up his music to play the Beach Boys.  Oh how cool and fun that was listening to lots of oldies and rockin out to the music while the guys and gals flew their planes.  It was terribly, terribly, terribly, hot out there in the 1 pm sun and Louisiana heat.  Even in the shade it was sweltering.  We stayed a couple of hours and were quite drained by the heat by the time we left.

Chip and Misty let us go to their house in Ponchatoula and recover from the heat before our next event. It was wonderfully cool and their nice huge new sofa gave Roy and I plenty of space to lay down and cool off.  they have new furniture and we helped break it in!

They have two adorable kitties, Milo and Lilly who came to visit us while we were resting.  Actually I should say they visited Roy.  I let them out of their room and loved on them but they went to lay by Roy!  He didn’t seem to mind that! Milo has the dark ears and Lilly has the light ears.  They are precious!

Once we recovered we went to meet Chip and Misty at their church, The Harbor’s, church wide crawfish boil.  A thousand pounds of crawfish along with potatoes and corn were served and served and served. The temperatures were much nicer under the huge white tent with fans blowing and oh what a wonderful smell all that crawfish gave off!!!  We were given a nice size tray piled with crawfish corn and potatoes, not the small bowl in the picture!  Delicious!!!!!  They have a wonderful church family and we enjoyed visiting with several of their meembers.  New friends of Chip and Misty’s, their precious baby and little son were there.  Oddly the baby took a look at me and burst into screams…..!!  I did visit with the baby later and got precious smiles.  There was another couple that Roy and I got to spend some time getting to know, Pedro and Louise.  They are around our age and we really enjoyed visiting with them after we had all eaten as much crawfish as we could hold.  Well Roy went on to eat two more trays after we ate but that’s Roy.  This was our first time having crawfish this season and we loved it! Before we left we got to visit with their Pastor Marvin who knows us through our blog and being Chip’s parents.  He’s a great preacher of God’s Word and a special pastor for Chip and Misty.

That ended our long Saturday.  I was so wiped out by all the fun it would have been very easy to fall asleep on the way home.  Knowing Roy had to stay awake to drive I kept my eye lids open to be his backseat driver that I am so good at!

I’m sharing this photo so my sister Harriett can see how well the gerber daisy plant she gave me is doing!   it is so pretty, thanks sis!!  The Ivy you gave me for inside is doing really well and seems happy here!  The begonias are taking longer getting settled but they are starting to grow!

This turned into a long one.  We’re hopeful that this coming weeks takes us no where away from home!  The last few days my brain has been fairly mushy with all we’ve been doing.  I don’t feel as creative as I like to be and am enjoying sleeping a lot.  I’m going to try writing about things the day they happen so I remember more of it.  I shared one of our blogs on RVillage and one of the members told me “I just have to say (after reading your ‘first decision’) there is something about your writing style that makes me feel that you are a very dear longtime friend.”  That made me feel like I can still do this and that makes me happy!

Here’s Madisyn after her awards event at school. with Chip and Misty  End of third grade and on to fourth!  A friend made her the cute shirt in the second picture and the bow to go with it.  It says “Third grade is so last year…. 4th grade here I come!!!”

We just heard from our renters that they have found a new place to move to.  We will be able to move our things (what little there is!!) into the house on June 4th.  That’s two weeks and we have a lot to do between now and then!

God, as always is so good to Roy and I and blesses us abundantly each and every day.  Whether it’s a lesson we need to learn or a measure of His grace that I don’t deserve, or a reward for something positive, it’s all part of Him growing us into what he wants us to be.

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05.18.18 We’re All Worth A Second Look, by Holley Gerth and Happy Heavenly Birthday Josie Mae!

Happy Birthday in Heaven to my mama Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor.  She would have been 98 today.  I know she’s happier in Heaven than she ever was on earth though she made so many of us happy just by her presence.  She definitely left her mark on many.  She told the children to stop when they were running in church.  She believed and shared with others that you do not wear shorts to church.  She loved our new sanctuary and was so determined that it not be stained by spilled drinks that she “encouraged” everyone not to bring anything to eat or drink in church.  She’d let you know if your dress was a bit short to be wearing in the choir.
While those things use to embarrass me I see now that she was so very right.  Harriett and I would talk about that embarrassment, but we loved her anyway!  God’s house, that we worship Him, in should be considered Holy while still being a place where joy and love abounds.  We can be a rowdy bunch at Trinity and that’s part of why I love it there!   I sometimes have to bring a bottle of water into the sanctuary for morning Worship to help with my asthma and coughing.  Since she was very strict about that I find myself asking her forgiveness before I enter the sanctuary.  She was truly a hoot and quite a character all the while such a loyal, forgiving mother and grandmother.
I miss her all the time.  When something new happens my thoughts always go first to wanting to share with mama though it’s been over 10 years since she went to live with God. When God says my time here is over I know she will be waiting there with God to meet me in Heaven.  What a peace I find in that.
I didn’t mean to write all this when I first wished her Happy Birthday in the first sentence above.  Words spill out of my heart sometimes and land here.  Thank you for indulging me when that happens. 

I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6Wwe wander over to our favorite fruit stand, to a table laden with discounted fruit labeled “seconds.” A wiry woman says, “These are here because they have some kind of trouble..”

I look at her and say with a half-grin. “Don’t we all?”

My husband and I have bought these peaches before and we know what she means. There might be a bruise from a hand landing on unrelenting ground. There could be a tiny hold where a bug helped itself to dinner. I glance at the cousins of these peaches sitting on other tables inside the little stand. They are beautiful and unblemished as they proudly in their buckets waiting to be taken home by folks who will not settle for anything less. I think if I were a peach I’d rather be on the “seconds” table where the messy is allowed.

We choose our imperfect peaches and cart them home with anticipation. I set one on a small cream-colored plate and split it right down the side with a silver knife. I bring the piece to my mouth and take a bite. It’s an explosion of sweet and tart and summer.

I look at it and whisper right to its skin, “Who would have thought you have that in you?” Then I think about how this rings true to life. Because we all have parts of our hearts or stories what we think don’t measure up. We call them unworthy and less than and we put them to the side. But the longer I’ve walked this spinning earth, the more I find those are the places where the glory and the beauty are likely to show up and shout, “Surprise!” I had assumed “seconds” meant “not first, not best.” Maybe it just means “worth a second look.”

As you go about your day, look into the eyes of the cashier or the barista or the mailman and say hi. Learn their name. Give them a “second look” and a smile that says, “You matter.”

~ written by Holley Gerth, A Moment to Breathe, shared on  Peaceful Moments for Women

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