365 Reasons to Smile – Day 93

A few weeks ago, my mom sent me an email with a link to her cousin’s obituary and told me to read the comments. Since I’d only met the man a couple of times, I didn’t immediately pay much attention. But, as I was cleaning up old emails, I decided to take a look.

I’m glad I did.

Apparently, Mom’s cousin Clark died while preparing to attend the visitation for his wife, who had just passed away. According to his son, he had his own idea about what the visitation meant and decided to go see his wife in heaven rather than at the funeral home. Others commented that no one should be surprised. The two had been married for 55 years, were joined at the hip and helped define each other.

I’m generally cynical about the concept of soul mates and destiny, but their story gives me pause. In a world in which celebrity break-ups make headlines,  an article in a small town newspaper (Clark and Shirley: A Love Story) captures what is truly important in life.

And that will always make me smile.

Day 93: True Love  Day 92: Camera Phones Day 91: Bicycle BrakesDay 90:  HeroesDay 89: The Cricket in Times Square  Day 88:  The Grand Canyon Day 87: Unanswered Prayers Day 86: Apples Fresh from the Orchard Day 85: Being HumanDay 84: Captain Underpants  Day 83: The Diary of Anne Frank  Day 82: In Cold Blood Day 81: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  Day 80: The Outsiders Day 79:  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Day 78: The First Amendment Day 77: People Who Touch Our LivesDay 76:  The Rewards of Parenting   Day 75:  ImprovementsDay 74:  Family TraditionsDay 73: Learning From Our MistakesDay 72: Live Music Day 71:  Sleeping InDay 70:  GroverDay 69:  A Good Hair Day Day 68:  A Sense of Community Day 67: KindnessDay 66: Living in a Place You Love  Day 65: Gifts from the Heart  Day 64: The Arrival of FallDay 63: To Kill a Mockingbird Day 62: Green LightsDay 61:  My Canine FriendsDay 60:  DifferencesDay 59:  A New Box of CrayonsDay 58: BookwormsDay 57: Being Oblivious  Day 56: Three-day WeekendsDay 55:  A Cat PurringDay 54: Being a Unique Individual Day 53: Children’s ArtworkDay 52: LeftiesDay 51: The Neighborhood Deer  Day 50: CampfiresDay 49: Childhood CrushesDay  48: The Words “Miss You”Day 47:  Birthday StoriesDay 46: Nature’s Hold on UsDay 45:  Play-Doh Day 44: First Day of School PicturesDay 43: Calvin and HobbesDay 42: Appreciative ReadersDay 41: Marilyn Monroe’s Best QuoteDay 40:  Being SillyDay 39:  Being Happy Exactly Where You AreDay 38: Proud GrandparentsDay 37: Chocolate Chip CookiesDay 36: Challenging Experiences that Make Great StoriesDay 35: You Can’t Always Get What You WantDay 34:  Accepting the Fog    Day 33: I See the MoonDay 32: The Stonehenge Scene from This is Spinal TapDay 31: PerspectiveDay 30:  Unlikely FriendshipsDay 29: Good SamaritansDay 28:  Am I a Man or Am I a Muppet?Day 27: ShadowsDay 26: Bike Riding on Country RoadsDay 25: When Harry Met SallyDay 24: HibiscusDay 23: The Ice Cream TruckDay 22:  The Wonderful World of DisneyDay 21: Puppy loveDay 20 Personal Theme Songs  Day 19:  Summer CloudsDay 18: Bartholomew Cubbin’s VictoryDay 17:  A Royal Birth  Day 16:  Creative KidsDay 15: The Scent of Honeysuckle Day 14: Clip of Kevin Kline Exploring His MasculinityDay 13: Random Text Messages from My Daughter  Day 12:  Round Bales of HayDay 11:  Water Fountains for Dogs Day 10: The Rainier Beer Motorcycle Commercial Day 9: Four-Leaf CloversDay 8: Great Teachers We Still RememberDay  7:  Finding the missing sock Day 6:  Children’s books that teach life-long lessonsDay 5: The Perfect Photo at the Perfect Moment   Day 4:  Jumping in Puddles  Day 3: The Ride Downhill after the Struggle Uphill Day 2: Old PhotographsDay 1: The Martians on Sesame Street

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About Trina Bartlett

I live in the Eastern Panhandle of WV, with one dog, two cats, a daughter in high school, a son starting his latest adventures at West Virginia University and a husband who works strange hours. When I'm not working as a director at a nonprofit social service organization or being a mom, I can generally be found riding my bike, walking my dog and stirring things up.

Posted on October 7, 2013, in My life, perspective and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 100 Comments.

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