Wednesday, August 15, 2012
When all three of us kids were young, there was just one family trip. I remember it clearly, the last minute rush to pack the car and head towards the mountains. I can't remember the mountain town but I remember the moments. We still lived in Westminster, so I was probably 10 or 11. I remember the flowered green peasant shirt and white pants I wore. I remember standing at the edge of a lake with my little sister and brother, and being happy. We had smiles. My sister and brother were so filled with joy. It was just fun.
I remember the freshness of the Colorado mountain air. The chlorine smell of the pool. That first jump into the clear water, it feels so crisp and clean. I remember being under water and daring myself to open my eyes in the pool. I can hear my gurgles as the air comes out of my mouth and I'm smiling with joy as I try to peak at the sun while under the water's surface. You feel like you are in another world all to yourself.
The above photo is of me and my mom at the little hotel pool.
We stayed just one day. I remember when we left. We were driving and I was singing in the car. My dad suddenly turned down the radio, so everyone could hear me sing. I was so red-faced.
My dad got a severe toothache, so back home we went. It was a bummer but our short visit will never be forgotten.
These memories are so precious. I love my family so much.
Today I needed to relive another memory. One from the year I got cancer. I was still in California. Up at my little church, Holy Trinity, in El Dorado Hills. I was so afraid. I was leaning against the wall of the church and I could feel God hugging me. I needed that feeling, to get me through. It is there still and you have it too.
Today is a day to find that love in your heart. Search deeply for that total love and it will make you happy. There is no other love like it.
I hope you find it.