Informative, and General Reading
May the Budgie of Happiness Sit on Your Head
by Maureen Killoran, MA,
My grandmother, Mimi, was a great solitaire player. My family legacy is
mainly memories, so I especially cherish my few tangible mementos. Especially
a photograph of Mimi, when she was in her mid-70’s, sitting at the kitchen
table, solitaire game in progress and a small green “budgie” (aka parakeet in
this country) atop her head.
You need to realize that my grandmother was a lady. She’d been
an executive secretary in her working days, and there was a dignity about her
that somehow hadn’t translated into subsequent generations. Genteel, she was.
Prim. Proper even.
That’s why the budgie picture is such a delight. If it is
possible for my grandmother to relax enough to tolerate a bird in her hair –
and allow a photograph! -- then it is possible for anyone to let go, let down
and play. She knew what could happen. She knew what birds do . . . and she
yet, let it sit there, let this fragile little creature just be.
The approaching summer will bring opportunities, and if we’re not
careful we’ll find ourselves too busy . . . too tired . . . too dignified . .
. too preoccupied . . . to step outside the lives of our safe and comfortable
everyday. We'll be too worried about being careful . . . to concerned about
acting our age . . . too busy thinking about tomorrow to pay attention today.
And yet: When something knocks on your door and asks, “Can [your
name] come out to play?”, remember. You can’t know if this invitation is one
of many or the last one that may come your way. Life is like that.
I have a new bumper sticker that says, “Don’t Postpone Joy.” I think
this is what Alice Walker had in mind when she wrote, in The Color Purple, “I
think it [irritates] God when you walk by the color purple in a field
somewhere and don’t notice it” (Those of you who remember the book will
realize I’ve tidied up the verb somewhat, although I admit the sentiment was
more effective written her way!)
Joy, playfulness, doing your version of letting a budgie sit on
your head – these are our human way of saying “thank you” to the Universe for
the gift of life – long life, short life, whatever weeks and days and years
So, here’s my summer wish for you: Let the budgie of happiness
sit on your head. Recognize there are consequences, but live with it. Let
your motto be, "Don't Postpone Joy." Make room for happiness, make time for
play. Every day.
Rules For Life
Some commonsense rules to follow to have a happy life.
be There for You!
An inspirational story about a father and son.
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody as I pass along. If I can
cheer somebody with words or song. If I can show
somebody that he's traveling wrong. Then my living
shall not be in vain.
A Tribute To Rose
Lovely Rose at 87. A wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.
(c) Maureen Killoran, 2005
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