Great News

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Celebrate Good Times.”


The mail arrives just after midnight, a happy chime of events on my IPAD. I roll over in bed and decide to wait until morning to read the mail.  I wake, my eyes bleary, still somewhere between fully awake and the land of nod. I read the words, then read them again. A smile beams, elation and I’m fully awake reading the words for a third time.  Could it be?  The timing perfect, my last full day at a career that has defined the days of my life for so long. All niggling doubts fly away in this moment. Crystal is my clarity.

Who should I call?  I call my husband first, then our children. Their happiness bubbles through the phone lines. I tell others’ throughout the day, their words not always matching their eyes their words not matching their emotion. It’s no matter, I do not require their joy, I have enough. I think of calling my Mom and Dad, how excited they will be I think in the next moment. Then I remember they died 12 years and 27 years ago respectively.  Momentarily I’m sad. I tell them anyway and my spirit lifts once again.

Every life is punctuated by moments of great joy. The day we receive the letter, email, text, the word.  The moment we receive the news, a job, a degree, a house, a proposal. The moment when the stars align and all the work, bad dates, and scrimping retreats into the abyss and there is only this moment of great joy, where all roads no matter how convoluted led to this one.  Our joy exponential, in the sharing, though for several delicious moments we savour the news and bathe in its glow

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Writing and photography are my first and second loves and thanks to technology I have the ability to share with a larger audience, including family and friends. Gone are the days of lugging around photo albums after a trip and of keeping a written journal of the experience that only I would view. The days of the handwritten letters are gone, but blogging provides a chance to share ideas, thoughts and photographs with a few mouse clicks and to receive instant feedback from around the world. It provides an opportunity to research a new place and to see that place through the eyes of a multitude of people each with their own unique way of viewing and experiencing the world. It opens the world wide and allows us a front row seat. Blogging connects us and creates a family of support. It provides an outlet and a chance to perfect the craft of writing and story telling. When I sit in my living room drinking my coffee and see that someone from another part of the world has read my words, and then I read theirs, the world is much smaller and more attainable. We are more alike than different as we share uniquely human experiences. Once I had a dream of becoming a Journalist, but somehow life got in the way. I currently have a fantastic career in healthcare and know that I have made a difference so I have no regrets. Still, I wonder if there is time to explore the road less travelled?

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