Thankful That Every Day Is Special !

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"Why wait for the holidays to celebrate? Every day is special."

Pictured from left to right:
Aunt Norma, paternal Grandmother, me, my Dad, and my brother in front.

This picture and the others I have from those early days are some of my most valued possessions.

When I was a young child, I got really excited about Christmas just like every other kid. I remember leafing through every page of the Sears catalog and making a list for Santa.  I also remember sleeping on the couch sure that I would catch Santa when he came to deliver presents.  Unfortunately, I was a sound sleeper and never got to meet Santa.


Many of you know my Mother died when I was 7 years old and on Christmas Day in 1963 (when I was 11), my Dad was taken to the hospital and never came home again.  He was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer that had metastasized into his brain. It was a long 5 months that spanned through New Years, my brothers birthday and my birthday the following Spring. 

I've learned lessons from just about everything in life and these tragedies are no different. I learned early on that you shouldn't wait to celebrate. I learned at a young age that every day is special and worth celebrating.

I do love Christmas music and the decorations, but I like to think of every day as if it is worth celebrating. For that, I am very grateful.

Give a gift, send a card, make a special meal. Why wait?

This is my first entry into Debe Maxwell, CRS's November Gratitude Challenge. 


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Sharon Lee
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What a story you have shared and it is a great lesson you learned young. Life is short. Savor each day. 

Nov 07, 2019 02:36 PM #9
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Carol Williams
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Every day is a unique gift, isn't it Sharon Lee ?

Nov 07, 2019 03:05 PM #10
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Carol Williams

It appears we are the same age.  I also remember thumbing through the Sears catalog. The Winter or Christmas print was very thick as I recall.

Don't wait to celebrate, it may be too late! 

Nov 07, 2019 03:15 PM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Losing parents at a young age, especially during the time of an important holiday has got to be really tough.  I'm glad that from the tragedy you developed a belief that every day given us is reason to celebrate.

Nov 07, 2019 04:12 PM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Carol, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 07, 2019 04:13 PM #13
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James Dray
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Morning Carol.

I remember those Sears catalogs.  Can't agree more, why wait.  

Nov 08, 2019 01:17 AM #14
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Brian England
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You are so right, every day is worth celebrating, even if it was a bad day.  There is always something to be thankful for and to celebrate!

Nov 08, 2019 07:36 AM #15
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 
If we're the same you're aging way better than I am!  Maybe I need more of that Sedona air. 

 

Nov 08, 2019 08:48 AM #16
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Carol Williams
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 
Gosh... thank you so much for the Feature in the Old Fart's Club.  We aren't guaranteed any tomorrow's. There's no time like NOW. 

Nov 08, 2019 08:50 AM #17
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Carol Williams
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Hi James Dray 
I still enjoy leafing through catalogs but they're not like the good old Sears catalog, are they?

Nov 08, 2019 08:51 AM #18
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England 
There's no time like now, eh Brian? 

Nov 08, 2019 08:51 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing some of your personal story.

Have a very special weekend.

Nov 08, 2019 03:21 PM #20
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Carol - you shared the importance why each day/each moment is so important to share our thankfulness.  Yes, why wait?  Indeed.  

Nov 08, 2019 03:55 PM #21
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Hi Carol:

I think this is the right attitude to have each and every day!

Jeff

Nov 09, 2019 03:40 PM #22
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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At be attitudes of gratitude certainly need not be seasonal !

Nov 09, 2019 05:07 PM #23
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Carol Williams - that is something that certainly stays with you.  Every day tell someone you love them or how much you care.

Nov 10, 2019 07:23 AM #24
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Carol,

Thank you for reminding us of your story-and to be grateful every day.

Nov 12, 2019 10:12 PM #25
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Carol Williams
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You're welcome Roy Kelley . Thank you for stopping by to read my little story.

Nov 13, 2019 08:11 AM #26
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Carol Williams
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Hi Michael Jacobs 
Every day is as special as we make it, isn't it? 

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Love seeing the photo of your sweet young face. You are such a resilient and positive woman, Carol. I'm so lucky to know you.  

Nov 14, 2019 08:48 AM #28
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