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Be My Valentine

February 14th, 2010 by judytalks

Valentine’s Day is when you tell those you love how much they mean to you. Cards, flowers, candy, dinners, special gifts, and quiet times together speak from one heart to another. My favorite valentine gift would be a large potted pink azalea that would last for months. But the best valentine ever is the one expressed on any given day that says I love you just the way you are. This is a valentine everyone needs to hear, especially children.
My book, A Child’s Grief, came out in January, so I have children on my mind as I work out a plan to communicate the importance of helping grieving children who suffer loss. Their need for comfort and security is boundless. Daily verbal valentines and kind gestures do wonders on their path to healing.

The rest of my day will be spent with my valentine. I wish you a happy day.


Back to the frozen North

December 22nd, 2008 by judytalks

I moved from Minneapolis, MN. to Mesa AZ. in Oct. 2002. For 6 Christmases, I entertained family members who loved coming to the Valley of the Sun to swim, sightsee in summer clothes or light jackets and not have to shovel snow to get out of the driveway.
This year we flew to the Twin Cities for the Holidays. We were warned that we might be flying into a blizzard, or an ice storm, it would be impossible to land, we’d be stuck in the middle of nowhere, and other interesting possibilities. The trip was uneventful and we landed just fine. But in 6 years, you forget the biting cold, the wind that sucks the breath out of you, and the leg and arm shaking movements you once did automatically to ward off the cold.
Weather conditions are a small matter compared to the fun and excitement of spending Christmas with family in their homes. Grandchildren are relaxed and love to show you their rooms, toys, books, and hamsters. Moms cook best in their own kitchens, and grandparents shine when they can sit comfortably in the living room with kids, cats, dogs, cookies, and storybooks on their laps.
The Holidays are a time for memories – good and bad. Remembering with others who share the same joys and sorrows with you help eneryone stay connected.
Even though I haven’t acclimated to the cold and wind, I wouldn’t miss this Christmas for the world.
Stay warm and well.

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