What is happiness? Hmmm.....
Well, I don't look too happy in this picture. But sometimes in our search for big things in life to make us happy, we miss the small things that bring us a smile!
Oh, that's better! See that smile? And all it took was a bag of "Reece's Mini's"
Yes, chocolate saves the day again!
Shirt: Old Navy
Vest: Old Navy
Joy took these pictures by the "Bread Basket" where we hang sometimes in the morning. It was a gorgeous morning, and of course chocolate makes it better. Then I look down to see......oh, yuck! LOLOL
Interesting........A couple weeks ago I learned a great lesson from Ida (MIL). I haven't seen her in a week and miss her terribly. Her stories touch me, make me laugh and sometimes make me cry. I need to spend more time with her! But she was telling me about picking cotton again. She started in the cotton fields about the time she could walk around on her own. She remembers being so young that she didn't even have to bend over to do the picking! Because of the season that cotton blossoms, she and her 10 siblings started school late so they could do the picking. Armed with a cotton sack across her shoulders, she spent the day picking away!
When the sack was full, she would take it over to the large sheet and dump it out before going back to fill it up again. At the end of the day the cotton was taken to the gin. There the seed was taken out and it was weighed. The seed weighs almost as much as the cotton itself so it takes A LOT of cotton. How much cotton does it take for a bale? About 1300 lbs. !!! And Ida picked 200 lbs of cotton a day. But she spoke of how it felt at the end of the day to lay down on the soft sheet out in the field and just rest after a very long day of picking!
Want to know her really favorite thing though? Every great once in a while she would see the mail truck before her sisters and sneak through the fields to get the mail!!! She laughs as she tells how it felt to hold those letters from all over and she alone got to take it to the house! Small things, but great joys.
Do we do this? In our fast paced world of technology, running around and working, do we remember that sometimes the things that will bring us the greatest joy and more happiness in the long run are the very small things. Hand picked flowers from a child, a smile from a stranger, a hug from a friend or spouse, fresh veggies from the garden, and yes, even finding a wonderful letter in the mailbox. Even more important, what if WE were that shoulder to cry on, that giver of flowers that brings a smile, the instigator of the hug or the sender of the letter? And a big hug to Ida who brings great joy to all those around her.