Piggybacking on the reflection post, I thought I’d take a moment to count my blessings. There are some things that I dreamed about and thought would never happen, but did. And some that were never a consideration, but turned out to be wonderful experiences.
First up is Hawaii. As a child, I saw visions of a tropical paradise on shows like Fantasy Island, Magnum P.I., The Jeffersons, and even Sanford & Son. Through the screen, I could feel the warmth of the sun, see the beauty of the blue skies and colorful flowers, and feel the sand between my toes. And although I was too young, I wanted to try those umbrella drinks in the coconuts. Yum!!!
For a country bumpkin like me, these shows provided a dream that I really didn’t think would happen. Then in 2008, God opened a door. One of the organizations, for which I was a member, decided to have its annual conference in Honolulu. The organization negotiated discounts with hotels and transportation agencies, and after calculating the cost, this was a deal of a lifetime for me. I didn’t hesitate to get the time off from work and register for the conference. <<Cue happy dance music while I do cartwheels in my head>>
Once in Honolulu, my activity plans were to: (1) attend at least one meeting per day to satisfy the conference requirement, (2) walk up/down Diamond Head, (3) lay on the beach, (4) have a spa day, (4) see a show, and (5) visit non-touristy areas. And guess what, I accomplished it all. The weather was phenomenal (even the few times it rained), and people were exceptionally friendly in tourist and non-tourist areas. I had such a wonderful time, that I want to visit again.
Second, I used to stay with my grandmother while my mom went to school and father worked. We’d spend hours watching soaps and game shows. Family Feud was my favorite. I loved Richard Dawson and those Tootsie Pop suckers. I wanted to be on the show, but once again, I was too young. On top of that, I didn’t think my family would be interested.
Thirty-five years later, my family and I tried out for Family Feud with Steve Harvey. We made it to the audition, but didn’t get picked for the show. Regardless, we had a lot of fun making our video, and then getting to the audition and hearing the hilarious answers to the questions (including mine about red panties – don’t ask…lol). I even had an opportunity to view a taping. That was a blast too.
Third (and most unexpected), I moved to Atlanta in 2000. I never thought in a million years that I’d ever leave Virginia. I had no family in Georgia and only knew a couple of people. All in all, I’ve achieved a lot here – finished two degrees, bought a home, developed a closer relationship with God, and got married. I don’t think these things would have happened if I had stayed in Virginia.
While this may seem like a short list of achievements, there are so many more that I could write about. I am grateful for them all.
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