Special birthday, special person


It’s time for the inaugural post of a new feature I’ve chosen to title “One Good Thing.” Each weekend, I’ll post something about what has been good to—or for—me during the week. 
Birthday Celebration in Ohio

My mom turned 87 on January 22. Hale and hearty and feisty as ever, she celebrated quietly, resting up from her two-and-a-half month stay at my younger sister’s place in New Castle, Colorado. She returned home on the 17th.

Birthday Girl Pat Anderson

I haven’t seen Mom since before she left for Colorado in early November, so it will be good to do so this weekend as we are traveling to Port Clinton, Ohio. And since we weren’t able to be there to celebrate on the actual day of her birthday, we will do so a week late.

We have a cake from her favorite bakery in Western Springs, Illinois, and we’ll enjoy a dinner at one of her favorite restaurants Saturday evening.

It will be good to take her on her errands and the usual trip to the grocery store or Wal-Mart. It’s far from exciting, but the running out and about is important to her all the same, and one of my regular “duties” I tackle during each visit.

It will be a short visit this time as we will be returning to Illinois Sunday afternoon. There are many miles between our houses, but I never dread making the trip to see her. Happy birthday, Mom.

And that’s one good thing!

Until next time, here’s wishing everyone a good week ahead. 🙂


Coming soon: One Good Thing…

What good things await around the bend ahead?

I’ve come to the realization that we’re enveloped in a world swirling with negativity, problems, issues, unhappiness, etc., etc., and, if we’re not careful, we can quickly get eaten up with it all and lose our sense of what is good. At least I know I’ve found myself slipping into that realm, where it’s way too easy to look on the dark side of things, hiding any chance of seeing what is good and decent.

Here at Down Many Roads, every weekend I intend to focus on one good thing that showed itself during the week past. If I’m not careful, I’ll probably have more than one, but there will be at least one about which I’ll post each weekend.

It could be a simple photo. Or a sentence. Or a paragraph. Or a 300-word essay. I won’t know until I get there at week’s end. I do know, however, that my purpose is to promote the good that is in my life–kind of like that old song that told folks to “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative…”

Understanding that it will be impossible to rid the world of negativity, I merely want to reaffirm each week that at least one good thing occurred in my life and share it here in the weekly feature I’ll call One Good Thing….

It doesn’t mean I’ll no longer grumble and grouse about things, but I am determined to refocus the light and shine it on the good side of things each weekend. It has been so easy to forget or overlook the good that is often right in front of me! Time to start over and start seeing again.

That said, I’m looking forward to the weeks ahead.  Stay tuned…