As I was thinking of Clara last night, I remembered something that my mom once said. She said that she was talking to her mother and Auntie Theresa once about how Clara was doing while she was in the nursing home - and that no matter what was going on around her, Clara was always smiling and always laughing. And that held true for her entire life - she was always looking for the positive in things, always smiling, and always laughing (even when she was nervous, she laughed).
I decided that it's time to employ the Clara way of life. Always smile, always laugh, always try to find the good in every situation. My cousin's husband, Wassim, said something along those lines on Easter....He described a particularly difficult situation that happened to them when they were moving, and he said something to the effect of while it was a bad situation, he always looks to find the positive in the situation instead of constantly talking about and remembering the negative. It's the healthiest way to go through life.
So that's it. My new mission. Always smile, always laugh, always try to find the good in every situation.
|Grandma Clara (on the right), with two of her favorite ladies, Anna (left) and Nonni (center) at my wedding in May 2010|