TOP OF THE MORNING | MEMORIAL DAY | MAY 29
Greetings All –
I have a heart of gratitude for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can thrive and live in the Land of the Free – Because of the Brave. As I’m pretty sure we all have.
Presenting today’s 12 handpicked clicks of laughter + fascinating + heart + keepers.
- Brush up on your Memorial Day knowledge with these interesting facts. Video is really good and well done.
- HILARIOUS “must read” notes people left for other people. All super funny – however – #2 had me rolling!!
- Phones of yesteryear that are so strange we kinda miss them
- 16 state nicknames explained … now ya know! And so do I!
- the subtle power of kindness – small acts that make a big difference in others’ lives – hello, Daymakers
- Vocal coach says one phrase in 20 accents – this is impressive
- Grapefruit Margarita recipe – total fun twist – and delish!
- Smashed Asian Cucumber Salad – Another WINNER WINNER cool and refreshing side-kick recipe for the swiftly approaching season of HEAT
- Chile Relleno Fan?? I am, big time. This recipe is fabulous and a total detour from traditional Relleno preparation … however, the end result is blue ribbon! Check it out and give it a try!
- Banana Pudding Parfaits – another fantastic recipe that bucks tradition a bit – but just WOW!
- human chain formed by Florida Biologists to save a stranded dolphin … I love happy ending stories like this!
- This is powerful and beautiful and touching and random – a must watch … ((sorry Mom, there’s a S-bomb in it – it’s harmless, xo ))
BY ANNIE LANE
FORGIVENESS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Reading the story from “Happy Adult Daughter,” whose mother was suffering from a mental illness, was like reading my own. I suppose my mother could be mentally ill, but I look at her as severely damaged from her own upbringing. She had no family to rely on, so she married young, and maybe once upon a time was hoping to treat her children better than she was treated. And while from the outside it didn’t appear to be a horrible marriage, I can honestly say that I never saw my mother happy, I mean truly happy, for more than a few minutes. I have two siblings, one older and one younger. Of course, the older sibling was on a pedestal that I could never reach. The younger had health problems that at times could be a distraction and other times I could be blamed for. I also married young to escape, but all I did was start a new cycle. Though I originally had not planned to have children, I did have one. I then realized I married for the wrong reason and left to give my child a better life. I moved to another state for the wrong reason and left to give my child a better life. I moved to do better than my mother and not hit or name-call. But I was damaged; I had no loving family foundation. My family growing up was five individuals that lived under one roof. The word “love” was never uttered in our house.
After a long time, I finally forgave myself and my family for everything, but I doubt we’ll ever be a true family. I wish them no ill will and hope they wish me the same. ~ Better Days Ahead
Dear Better Days Ahead:
Thank you for your letter. You sound like a wonderful person who has used the power of forgiveness.
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