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Things That Make Us Smile – The Unexpected Edition  – Approaching 50 and Fabulous
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Things That Make Us Smile – The Unexpected Edition 

August 31, 2015

Today was a crappy day. No what, how, where, why’s, it just was.  I have been on an emotional roller coaster all day.  My eyes are welling up with tears as I write this.






I just need to breathe.


One of my colleagues and dear friends noticed my mood without me having to say a word. We have worked together 20 years and it’s like we can read each other’s minds some days. I am so grateful to have colleagues who are also friends. Makes the workplace a lot brighter.

My friend suggested “chocolate.”

“I know you’re on this whole sugar-free diet, but when I am down, I indulge. Chocolate. Not the Hershey’s processed stuff. Gourmet, hand-dipped, best of the best chocolate.”

Despite my diet, and trying to remain as sugar-free as possible, I went out and bought $30 worth of sheer chocolate perfection.  Yep, $30.  I went full-on, jump in headfirst chocolate shopping.

No, I couldn’t get the little box of 6 pieces, aka the sampler for $12.  I had to get the dessert-ready box of 18 pieces. 18 pieces!! Saleswoman says these will be great with a nice Cabernet or Merlot. Too flavor-filled for a Pinot Noir.

Little does she know these won’t even make it off the express bus. So here I am with a box of 18 sea-salt truffles and sea-salt and almond dark chocolate.

That’s ok, I don’t need a shopping bag…I crammed my treasure into my work tote and set off for the commute home.

I got lucky again tonight and settled into My Own Little Corner Of The Universe for the ride home.  I tore open the chocolate box with anticipation.

OMG they are freaking delicious. Oh they would be so nice with that red wine right now.






UGH, 5 truffles in and I feel nauseous.  This remedy isn’t working.  And I have a very expensive tummy ache


Time to change course of treatment for my malady.  This chocolate-binge was not a smart idea. At all. Yuck I feel worse.

Let’s check email.  I open one from my Mom – subject line “Adorable Child.”  Usually any adorable child references are reserved for my niece Jaclyn who is 4 and just the best little girl. She arrives next week from California for a visit, I can’t wait!!

However, this email was not the latest cute thing my niece did today.  This was a link to a video from Steve Hartman at CBS News about a 6 year old boy named Jaden Hayes.

Jaden has had more tragedy than many of us would know by the age of 6.  He lost his father when he was 4 and his mother only a month ago, yet he is on a mission to make people smile.

I watched the video 4 times. And each time   my eyes filled with tears, however they were for the right reason.  Along with my tears was a smile from ear to ear. Please watch I know you will smile too, no matter what kind of day you’re having:






This little boy is so brave and self-less. I want to share his story with all of you.


When you’re having a crappy day, I hope someone like Jaden brings a smile to your face. He is a true giver, and remains hopeful despite all his obstacles. Isn’t giving and hope in the face of adversity part of what life is all about?

Feeling better now (yet still not going to eat the rest of this chocolate!) 


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