Tell Me Something Good-Weekly Smile

A Momma’s View says: Let’s kick off this week on a positive note. By sharing something good, something that made you happy or you are looking forward to .

So I’ll combine Trent’s Weekly Smile along with a Momma’s View and share what made me happy and smiley this past week.

My niece became engaged! Actually she is my great niece, and a great niece she is! She just passed her Nursing Boards and a few days later became engaged. She calls herself the Nurse Bride now.

The family got together to celebrate, where a good time was had by all. I saw two of my other great nieces, whom I have written about before, one is the Bride’s sister, the other a cousin. They are both 15 and we always have fun when we get together. So next step is the upcoming wedding in September, time to go shopping for a dress!

Here’s the Bride to Be and her 3 sisters- they are a very close knit bunch. The Bride is 2nd from the right.and here are my other nieces, we never miss the opportunity to take a selfie when we’re together

Now it’s your turn to tell me something good, and what made you smile this week!

The Weekly Smile

A few weeks ago my weekly smile was receiving an invitation to a wedding from a young girl I had mentored from 2004 until 2008. I volunteered in a “Big Sister”/Mentoring program and I was paired up with a young girl who had a troubled home life and needed some time away from it once a week after school for a few hours. This young girl was 10 or 11 at the time, and we would go out to eat and talk, or go shopping and then out to eat. There were 6 kids in the family and a mother who couldn’t really handle it, a father rarely home, the house was a mess, no order whatsoever. The older kids seemed to be keeping things running. Her age belied her maturity- she was introspective about the home situation and accepting of it, her intelligence allowing her to see the bigger picture and make sense of it all. I stayed in the role of “big sister” for about 4 years until she was a teenager and busy with school and going out with her friends. I have not thought of her in years, actually forgetting about this volunteering of  so long ago-that had ended in 2008 .

Last month I received a wedding invitation from this young girl- now a young woman. I was very touched and so surprised that she had not only remembered me but had taken the time to send me an invitation.

Last night was the wedding- and as I approached her to say hello, not sure if she would recognize me, she immediately called my name and came over to hug me. She told me how happy she was to receive my response card that I was coming. She then went on to tell me she had saved all the letters I had written to her when she was in sleep away camp as a child, and that is how she had my address. It was all I could do to hold back the tears I felt welling up in my eyes along with the lump in my throat.

I watched as she came down the aisle embarking on the beginning of her new life, thinking back to the child I had spent time with. Remembering again how we never know the impact we may have in someone’s life, and the imprint we may leave on the them.

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The Weekly Smile

You just have to smile at weddings. One of the young women I work with got married this week. It was held in a beautiful venue overlooking the Hudson River with a view of New York City

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I enjoyed catching up with some of the girls who had worked in school with me last year but went on to do different things this year

The bride looked beautiful- but she is not just beautiful on the outside, she is truly beautiful inside. She is sweet and kind and giving and has a naturally calm nature- she has the ability to let things roll off her back, not sweating the small stuff and letting things get under her skin.

I was so happy to share in such a wonderful event, to feel part of it, so happy to see her so happy. My smile for the week.

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