Today would be Joan's birthday. Three years and I still miss her every day. When I think of her, it is more often with a smile and love rather than the sharp pain of grief. That is a nice change.
This year I am going to do a Ten Things List just for her.
Ten Things I Learned From Joan:
- It never hurts to ask - they can only say no and will often say yes. (btw, I still suck at this)
- More is better in almost all things.
- A smart girl always has a handful of Ziplock bags in her purse - great for leftovers, sorting out money, splitting a package of embellishments, etc.
- Keep cheese crackers (Nabs) in your car just in case you are too busy having fun to stop for a meal.
- No whining - EVER. Yell, scream, vent but don't whine.
- Say hello and smile at everyone. You never know who will need it more than you can ever know.
- Love is unconditional - no matter how annoying you are for a time.
- Love has no levels - everybody she loved was a platinum member in an exclusive club.
- Conquer new thing always - age is irrelevant. Do it. Take pictures. Scrapbook it. And sit by her at the crop. (Cos she has MORE - see #2)
- Be patient and kind unless you are fighting for a cause or injustice and then be brash and bold and win.