Happiness is... photos that spark memories!
I bit the bullet and updated my Facebook page to the new Timeline format this morning. No, I'm not crazy about it, but change is inevitable, so I might as well embrace it. Looking thru my photo files for a header photo, I came across this one. It's a bouquet of wild flowers that the Papa Bear picked for me as we were walking thru the woods in the mountains at Ruidoso, New Mexico. So beautiful... such an incredible variety! Far more precious than any florist shop bouquet I've ever received! And a picture, taken by him - the perfect way to keep them fresh and beautiful forever!
That started me thinking about what a true romantic the Papa Bear is, full of sweet gestures and little surprises, like a fudgesicle bought from the corner store on a hot day, hands hidden behind his back, waiting for me to guess what the treat is!
When we went home to my Father's funeral at the beginning of January in 2010, the bitter cold (19 below zero at the airport in Fargo when we got off the plane), and the incredible amount of snow (they were trucking it out of the city to clear streets and parking lots) were a totally new experience for the Papa Bear. We went out to the frozen lake one morning, another first for him - walking on a lake - and he drew this heart in the snow for me...
This next one is his beach masterpiece, done when we were on an autumn vacation at Port Aransas in the Gulf, beautifully decorated with seashells! It was my first time at the beach in many, many years, and the most peaceful place I've ever encountered. I want to return so badly, when we have the time and money.
This one he found - nature's handiwork with a bit assistance by someone with a chainsaw. We were staying at a little cabin on the Paluxy River in Central Texas, my surprise gift for his birthday. He went walking in the trees near the river, returning with this amazing photo of a stump remaining where a tree had been cut down. A perfect heart... a perfect remembrance of his love for me! How very blessed I am!
Take time now and then to do something special for the people in your life that you love. It's the little things that count, the sweet gestures like the ones above that will be most treasured!