Aging Expectations

There Is Only One Happiness In Life – To Love and To Be Loved

George Sand almost got it right when she said, “there is only one happiness in life — to love and to be loved.” Her first mistake, I don’t think it’s the only one. Maybe it should say, the greatest one.

And, by the way, don’t you think that counts as two “happinesses” – one, to love, the second, to be loved. Anyway, enough about George Sand. More importantly, here are the top three things I am loving this week!

1. Wildflowers

There is a stretch of highway I drive everyday (almost). In the center area there are patches of wildflowers the township planted. Most likely, so there will be less grass for them to mow. But, it looks so pretty. It makes me smile every time I drive past. I love it.

2. Decorating

This week was my daughter’s fourth birthday. Since my boys have been little, I’ve decorated the house while they slept so when they wake up in the morning, it’s an immediate birthday celebration. My biggest tradition is hanging streamers down from the bedroom door.

I hadn’t started the tradition yet for my daughter. The night before her birthday I was feeling tired and was going to forgo the decorating for a year with her. However, my son was appalled.  “She has to have decorations when she wakes up!” So, he proceeded to decorate her door and then more of the house for her.

It was adorable! I love that he likes this tradition so much, he couldn’t stand the thought of his sister not having it. It made me happy to think all the times I was tired the night before his birthday, I got up and did it. It made me even happier to know he appreciated it.

3. Dating

This past weekend, my husband planned for us to go out and have a drink after we put Leah to bed. A real date night, out of the house, with a baby sitter. It was only for a few hours but it was delicious. I loved getting dressed and looking pretty.

Going out to a real grown-up place without having to pull out crayons or fret about somebody spilling their water. And most importantly, be able to actually finish a sentence, no wait, a whole thought, without someone interrupting! Love, love, love!!

In retrospect, maybe George is right. When I think about it the times when I’m happiest, it’s when I am feeling love for something or when someone is showing me love. Okay, I’m on board! But, I still hold to changing it to two instead of one.

What are you loving this week?

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