List the people that make you feel happy:
- My daughter, Kate. I pick up the phone these days with a little trepidation. Often, it’s someone with a great cause, hoping for a charitable contribution. Frequently, it is someone wanting support for a political party, or answers to survey questions. Sometimes, it’s a bill collector. I don’t have “caller ID.” When my “Hello” is answered with Kate’s sweet, “Hi, Mom,” my heart soars. Whether she’s having a good day or not, a conversation with Kate will always be interesting and fun. She’ll enlighten me as to all the current news about my grandchildren, my other daughter, and other family and “ex” family that she knows I care about. She never fails to make me laugh. Visits in-person are rare treasures, but every bit as enjoyable.
- My daughter, Jen. She and I are on conflicting schedules lately. I don’t talk to her as regularly as I do Kate, but it makes me happy whenever we are able to have a chat.
- My grandchildren make me happy.
- My sister, Brenda, makes me happy,
- and so do my other sisters: Cheryl, Robin and Amy.
- My brother, Ted, makes me happy. Last week, I received a letter from him. He signed off with “Your brother, Ted.” I’ve been smiling about that all week. As if I’d have otherwise thought the letter – filled with family news and remembrances – was from some stranger named Ted that I never met…if he hadn’t been clear.
- My new neighbors make me happy. They embrace this Beaver Island life with eagerness and joy. They don’t question my hermit-like ways. They kindly put up with my barking dogs, who feel it’s a personal affront if the neighbors so much as walk out into their very own yard. They remind me, with their enthusiasm, of all the special things about this island, and of the reasons why I came here to begin with.
- My best friend, Linda, makes me happy. We have been plotting, commiserating, giggling and sharing secrets together since we were eleven years old. I hope it never ends!
- All friends, old and new, make me happy. Some I met all the way back in grade school: Joan, Kate and Mary come to mind. Some go back to high school: Lynne, Deb, and others that I’ve re-connected with through social media. Many, I know through my family or my life here on Beaver Island. Some friends I have not met in person, but have gotten to know through their blogs: Sara, Lisa, Kathy, Pam, Joss, Linda, Susan, Nat and Nancy. Others I know through my work, or other jobs I’ve had over the years. Some friends I keep in touch with regularly; others not so much. Still, I can say without a doubt that thoughts and memories of them, if not a written or verbal exchange, always makes me feel happy.