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Sensational Surprise Sunday

14 Jul

“HAPPINESS [is] ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
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Instead of my usual Sunday sermon or silliness, I have something sensational to share. Today is my eldest son’s birthday. He’s a great kid and calls me every Sunday without fail. I knew that he was going on vacation with his lovely girlfriend, Lindsay, this week, so I didn’t expect a call. But, to my surprise, he called me in the afternoon to let me know that he had proposed to Lindsay and they plan to get married. I was sitting at Sweet Spot bakery and got soooo excited and emotional, that I cried like a baby. Poor Miss Kathy came over with napkins and touched my shoulder, as she thought something terrible happened. Isn’t that great!

Now, I am a happy mom who wishes a long and happy future for her son and soon-to-be wife. (I didn’t even say, “Finally!”)

Yes, happiness is only real when shared, so I’m sharing my joy with you. Congratulations Joe and Lindsay!

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Saturday on the Square

19 May

I had something totally different to blog about today, but my Saturday on the Square in downtown McKinney always lends itself to a more exciting blog. (Hint: I’m saving the best for last.)

Our writing group meets at 10 at Coffee2. I am so lucky to have the greatest writing friends. They are so talented, not to mention helpful in every aspect of the writing process. I think we spend more time laughing and razzing each other than we do critiquing, and often bump into friends or neighbors popping in for coffee. Needless to say, we don’t always spend all our time working.

This morning, I had two different people say, “Hi, are you Toni?” The first was John Wynn, owner of Guitar Studio on the Square. He was talking to Kathy White, owner the the new bakery “Sweet Spot,” inside the coffee shop. We never formally met, but have been Facebook buddies for quite some time. I didn’t know who he was, but he knew me from my photo. I told him, “I didn’t recognize you, John. You’re so much taller than your half inch picture on Facebook.” We talked a while, and I vowed to get over there and take some lessons someday.

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A few minutes later I heard, “Excuse me, are you Toni?” Well, it was Laura Bartlett, Executive Producer, and one of the ladies who make up the hilarious comedy group, FOUR Funny Females. Again, a Facebook friend who I’d never met in person. It was a Facebook kinda day. We talked a long time, sharing stories about our backgrounds, hometowns, and mutual love of McKinney. Oh yes, we also discussed our mutual innate ability to procrastinate an entire day away.

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It was such a glorious day, that I decided to treat myself to a yummy lunch over at SNUG on the Square. As I sat waiting for my lunch, perusing my emails, and people watching, I saw the most delightful sight. An elderly couple strolled down the street, walking hand-in-hand. They stopped in front of SNUG, he held open the door for her, and they walked in. I couldn’t help but get all goose-bumply.(I think I made that up.) I wondered, how do they keep that beautiful magic alive? I sat there a while, still smiling. Yep, I couldn’t resist. I sauntered over and said, “Would you mind if I ask how long you’ve been married.”

The lovely lady replied, “We’ve been married fifty-five years, but we’ve known each other since the sixth grade.” I told them that I loved how they held hands while they walked down the street. The gentleman smiled and said, “We always hold hands.” I told them that they looked like newlyweds, and that if more couples held hands all the time, more marriages would last forever, like theirs. I asked their names and if I could take their picture. The charming Carol and Dave from Plano were more than happy to oblige.(I told you I saved the best for last.) Such a fun day!

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