“Joy in one’s heart and laughter on one’s lips is a sign that person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” —Hugh Sidey, Journalist
I ran across the above quote awhile back, and it came to mind as I was uploading the last few pics from Jack’s vacation week.
The return of Florida’s iconic sunshine allowed us to spend his final 3 days beachside, with plenty of time for laughs and conversation.
If there’s a plus side to geographic separation from family, it may be the startling awareness of growth you notice when reunited. In early childhood, visitors exclaim “look how BIG you’ve gotten!” and I found myself thinking the same of Jack, not physically of course (although he is GIGANTIC 😉 ) but emotionally and–for lack of a better word–spiritually.
In the annals of Jack’s life, 2013 will be recorded as his first big “setback year” ➡ sooner or later it happens to all of us, and how we react (and cope) determines much of what comes next. From my vantage of time and distance, I was thrilled to note big changes in self awareness, sensitivity, and character since his visit last May. His sense of humor is as irreverent as ever, and deep down he has a pretty good grasp of life.
As a parent, you can’t ask for better than that!
Until next time….
🙂 🙂 🙂