Life Today

International Day of Happiness

Friday was the International Day of Happiness. 

Happiness…’s the Key, right? The Golden Goose, the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow, the elixir. 

I do believe in order to search for happiness, you basic needs must be met; are you fed? Are you clothed? Are you safe? It is then that one can afford to ask, “Am I Happy?” 

Perhaps that is why this day was deemed International. We should all be comfortable enough to ask the questions of happiness. 

I am that comfortable. And I do ask, Am I Happy?

And the answer comes and goes like the tide- as it should. Some days I am happy, some days not so much. Ironically, the more I worry about my state of happiness, the more variable it becomes. 

PBS did an outstanding documentary called ‘This Emotional Life‘, where the focus of what makes us happy, healthy people was questioned. What I got out of this was that we are all tied by our human connections. 

I mentioned this to a friend who answered, ‘Awe, yes. But sometimes it is our human connections that make us unhappy.’ 

Touche’ my friend, touche’. 

And thus, the question of what makes us happy was still left unanswered in my mind. 

The other day, I sat at a restaurant in Boston with good friends. I had a view of the Bay, a good Cabernet and an oyster in hand. 

I was happy. 

We started talking about people who have been in tough circumstances, divorce, bad relationships….and how sometimes that sadness can be worn on the outside. Every story my friends told was prefaced by….“but it was nothing like what you went through Heather.” 

I always appreciate it when people acknowledge our struggle. I do. It validates a big part of our life….it makes it real… unearths a tiny ray I often keep hidden in my everyday life. 

And then it came to me while slurping a salty Pemaquid, 

“I think what has helped me is that through everything, everything, is that I always knew I was loved. The very worst times and I knew I was loved…..and that Samantha was loved, and that Hubs was loved. And that got me through the worst- it was love. 

Perhaps International Happiness Day should be called International Love Day. 

But that sounds weird. 

And so I leave you with Cookie Monster

Love. And Cookies. Amen 

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My sweet niece gave me bath salts for Christmas. She also gave me a lovely note as to why “May you have many more Bath Salt Days, the ones you would like to soak up and absorb into your soul.” 

I loved this for many reasons 

(1) because some one is reading my blog 🙂 
(2) because my sweet niece wants me to have more lovely, soaky days. The bath salts are yellow and purple and they smell sweet of lavender, lemon and love. 


Today was a bath salt day- a day I could soak in. I need to remember these days so that when I have a ‘I need to scrub the ICK off my day’ type of day, I can still remember to inhale the lavender and lemon of life.

No surprise to the magic of the day, it connected three things very important to me; my work, Children’s Hospital and last but certainly not least…..dress up

I KNOW! We are quite fabulous. 

I work with a non-profit group. Since we work with non-profits, we decided we should something for the community and volunteer. And you know how I love my hospital… here we are. 

Today we did a ‘Photo Booth’ where kids and parents could pick different props, have their picture taken, print it out and make a frame… COOL was our photo booth? 

One little girl came down; curly red hair, pink glasses and hooked up to chemo. She drug her IV around like it wasn’t a thing, because in her mind it wasn’t…..and there were more important things to do than be hooked to chemo. She had to find the perfect pink glasses to match her pink crown. 

Mamas and Daddy’s posed with their kiddos, picking out Batman masks and bubble letters that said ‘KAPOW!’ or ‘BANG!’. They all took their pictures, decorated their frames and went onto appointments or back to patient rooms. 

One little guy did NOT want his picture taken, he was being discharged and walked quickly ahead as his dad pulled a wagon of bags and suitcases. Walk on Little Man….Walk On

We took over 100 pictures, ran out of stickers and foamy decorative pieces and at the end our non-profit team was exhausted. We dismantled our photo booth, gave away our left over balloons and packed up to go home. 

Walking out of the hospital, every child in the waiting area had a balloon and carefully held a picture frame with a precious picture. Everyone seemed content, happy, there were no tears shed. 

Well except for me…..I tried to restrain an ugly cry or two. I know, you’re shocked. 

And so I soak in the day, the little girl with the red hair, the all-too familiar smell of industrial sanitizing wipes, the bittersweet memories of this place with My Girl and last but very not least the energy of good people. 

I soak. 
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Days of Days

Friday was Rare Disease Day

Sunday was National Pig Day

Today is Spread the Word to End the Word Day

And I also found out….TODAY….that the Sound of Music turns 50 this year…AND it’s being re-released in theaters in April. AND Julie Andrews travels with her own tea kettle. Of course she does. 

I celebrated these special anniversaries today by watching the second best movie ever made, second only to the Sound of MusicSteel Magnolias. I am home sick with a virus that took my voice. This is what happens when I can’t talk. 

What do all of these days have in common???? Each represent a part of my life that I love and happened to fall within this week. 

Here is the video for Rare Disease Day……beautiful and all about community and awareness. I never in a bazillion years thought I would know so much about the rare diseases mentioned. I never really wanted to know….or knew that I wanted to know…..Awareness and hope. 

Awareness, hope and bacon! Because Sunday was National Pig Day! Turns out National Pig Day has nothing to do with Bacon. In fact, Bacon has its own day….December 30th…National Bacon Day. Good to know. 

No, National Pig Day is all about Babe and other lovely piggies. It was started in 1972 in respect for our smart farm animals. Hence, no bacon today…maybe a veggie chili. 

But in my research of National Pig Day, I also found out there is a Fancy Rat and Mouse Day. November 12th- mark your calendar. I think we may….we may….have too many days. 

TODAY most importantly, was Spread the Word to End the Word day. That ‘R’ word. Oof….it bruises my ear. I will be a dunderhead, a nincompoop or nutty I will not be a r….tard nor will my actions. Try it! Rizzo Fancy the Rat will try it too. 

And the Sound of Music. It’s re-release being the topping to my non-verbal day. Representing a time in my life when I didn’t know I fell into the Rare Disease population or that the ‘R’ word would bruise my soul so. When all that mattered was Warm woolen mittens….brown paper packages tied up with strings….and a good day skiing on the Zugspitze.

All of these days. Combined with Today Heather has no Voice Day’ which lead toDownloading Steel Magnolias Day’. ….The most quotable chick-flick ever and the best movie about good friends. 

And if your life takes you from singing in the Alps, to knowing all about Rare Disease Day and the personal impact the ‘R’ word has on your ears….your friends will bring laughter through your tears and bacon….oh wait….not bacon. They will bring laughter through tears and a pig. 

Good Friends. 

PS. Their is no We Love Steel Magnolias Day. We should start one- just to compete with Fancy Rat Day