3 things that make me smile

These are my grandparents documented circa 1949. A month ago, in February, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Yes, 70 epic years of togetherness!! My grandfather hadn’t been well lately, and this morning, I woke up to a phone call that he passed away. While I’m sad and we’ll all miss him dearly, I’m happy that I saw him recently in India in January and was able to spend time with him.

What makes me smile is this photograph of him and my grandma, every. single. time. It’s jovial, mischievous and an ode to a simple and noble life well-lived. We will be thinking of him and the rest of our family in India as we celebrate 87 years of his life.

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After talking to my parents this morning regarding my grandpa and dropping off the kids at school, I went straight to the gym for a much needed pick-me-up. I saw an elderly lady on the treadmill. I’m not sure how old, but I’m guessing in her 80s. Her cheeks were rosy with makeup, and she was wearing a bright red leotard with light pink ballerina tights and white sneakers. You guys, I cannot tell you how much I adore, and am inspired by, her. I had seen her a few more times previously in her bright leotards and cool, nonchalant demeanor. And she gets me every time!

When I saw her this morning, I just couldn't get over her cool outfit. I jumped on the treadmill right next to her and she looked at me and smiled as if saying “girl, I got you.” On a particularly dull morning, working out next to her was an uplifting experience, and it definitely made me smile.

I wish I had her picture, but instead I pulled one off the internet to give you a visual.

Changing generations, my younger daughter Ona got this plastic cup with some soil and red kidney beans from school for her birthday at the end of January. I was confused to see just a handful of kidney beans and some potting soil in a cup but I kept watering it. Eventually, my husband, the official plant sitter of the family, started taking care of it. Who knew kidney bean seeds could grow like this (Sorry, elementary school science teacher)? We started to monitor its growth and seeing how much it has grown in just over 4 weeks makes me happy. And green, the color of life, nature, renewal always makes me smile. Especially now that spring is almost around the corner!

What's making you smile today?


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