”Young lady, do I have a deal for you! For a paltry $50 dollars you will receive a beautiful leather album and every 6 months a photographer will come to your home and photograph your dear children for the unbelievable price of only $5 dollars per child.” I ask you…What mother could turn down that deal? When Rick got home that night he said “Fifty dollars? Are you out of your mind?” Ouch! It was just possible in my enthusiasm I’d forgotten what a huge amount that was to us. (To put it in perspective…several months later I got a job for the grand amount of $1.97 an hour!) But I had signed the contract and there was no backing out. The years passed and the album slowly filled with priceless memories. And what had once been a HUGE case of buyer’s remorse became one of the best bargains I ever made. We can’t always see the ‘big picture’ when we’re in the middle of the situation can we? Life is funny that way….
It’s such a busy world…the days just fly by and sometimes, in the hurley burly of our lives, we forget the little things. How much a kind word means, a pat on the back, an encouraging smile, a helping hand, a simple gesture…just remembering to let someone know you care about them! I’m lucky in how many dear people I have in my life that don’t forget. Believe me, I would be lost without this reminder that I somehow matter.
What a different world it would be if ‘everyone’ did their part to reach out with love and do the little things that make such a big difference in another person’s life. It simply boggles the mind!
On Nelson St. between Magnolia Ave. and Brockton Ave is one of Riverside, California’s best kept secrets. It’s called the Backstreet and it’s a little garden deli that serves the best deli food we’ve ever come across. Rebecca, the little waitress in the picture, has served us for 28 years! She gave us each a smooch when we were there the other day…she says she loves to have the ‘old time customers’ stop in to say hello. There is live music and the soft sound of a fountain and stained glass and flowers everywhere. It’s a magic place and full of sweet memories. If you are ever in the neighborhood stop in and enjoy….
How fascinating…the tiny bits of nature. Children see these kinds of things all the time but we often lose the ability as we age. When was the last time you got down and watched an ant at work? The only problem with that now is if I ever ‘did’ manage to get down there I couldn’t get up again! LOL
What a little cutie…shining in the sun.
How lucky we are to live in America! Rick and I have traveled a lot and I can honestly say that there wasn’t a nook or cranny of this country that didn’t fill me with joy. Not just the ‘big’ places like national parks but the tiny out of the way spots and the people in them that opened their arms to us and shared their bit of this world.
I’ve always thought it took less energy to laugh than cry! I’m not happy at this news but I have a good doctor and he’s ‘on the case’…upward and onward.