At this very adult stage of my life my parents still call me their "happy baby".
It is a term of endearment that was coined when I was an infant filled with smiles, giggles and laughter.
This optimistic attitude has stayed with me and serves me well as I navigate the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
It seems I was born this way.
I read an article last week examining the qualities happy people possess and it really did describe me. The list includes expressing gratitude, offering forgiveness, following your bliss instead of money or material possessions, nurturing social relationships, savoring life's joys, commitment to a goal, practicing spirituality and taking care of your body.
And in the spirit of expressing gratitude I will share some things that make me happy...
- Lauren visited the classroom today for the first time since the birth of her son, Levi. After nine years of teaching together she feels like family. I am at once her protective big brother and champion. We were a great team but I am excited to see where this stage of her life leads.
- I received an unexpected package from the International Reading Association with a medal honoring me as the recipient of the IRA/Weekly Reader Eleanor M. Johnson Award.
- I have had the great pleasure of meeting many outstanding children's book authors and illustrators over the years and most of them because they took the time to visit us!
Oh, and counting your blessings. These are a few of mine. What are yours?