Thursday, January 10, 2013


Our youngest daughter got married on 12-1-12. Ed and I danced a lot that night, and not just with our 4-year-old grandson. It was a wonderful celebration and this picture represents more than a fun party.

When this grandson was born, Ed was still in chronic pain from a lower back injury sustained in a car accident years earlier. Standing and walking were limited activities and there wasn't much hope of improvement. He was adamant in his acceptance to grin-and-bear it. But that's changed and Ed and I even took ballroom dancing classes in preparation for this fun event. So when I look at this picture I also see that miracles do happen, we just might not notice during the business of living life.

This picture represents huge changes in the dynamics of our family in only four years, since the birth of our second grandson, including two weddings and a funeral. It was because of, and during, these big changes that the return of Ed's ability to dance again occurred. There was no transformative surgery or magical wand. There were changes to daily routines, diets and activities, because our daughters were buying homes, getting married, needing grandparents to babysit, and small shifts in the requirements of our careers. I also made one of Ed's life long dreams come true. It wasn't a big deal for me, but he wouldn't have it, if I didn't make it happen. Being married means being invested in the happiness and dreams of your partner. And Ed will always be my best dancing partner.

I saw this picture for the first time, today. It sparked a kaleidoscope of images and memories. I've always believed in keeping the faith in the power of a happy agenda. That's probably why good things happen in my life. They may take some time, but four years is pretty quick for a miracle this big.

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