I know that the tone of my blog has been less than cheerful over the last few years. However, I have to say that I am happy, and that I am happier than I have been in a long time. While I am not at liberty to disclose the current reason of my happiness, I will recount some of the things / times of where I was happy that are comparable to my current state of mind.
The first one is a post that I wrote back on 05/05/2011. It was my niece’s sixteenth birthday. Here is the relevant portion of it:
Sixteen years ago today, I was a junior at the University of Georgia. Finals were going on. I had my written final exam for my Spanish class that day. I was sound asleep when I got the phone call from my brother at five in the morning. I was groggy when he told me that his wife, Kim had started to go into labor, and they were heading to the hospital. He wanted me to let the rest of the family know. I told him that I would do so.
After I relayed my brother’s message to my parents and my sister, I was wide-awake, and I could not go back to sleep. So, I got ready and tried to study for my final exam with very little success. As I made the drive into Athens, I was excited because there was going to be another member to our merry band of outlaws.
I blew through the exam. As I handed it in, the student teacher looked at me and she told me that I would not get a good grade and it would affect my overall grade. I told her that I did not care. I was going to be an uncle again, and it was more important for me to be with my family on this joyous occasion than taking a test. When I saw you for the first time at the hospital, I knew that you were one of us. Over the years, you have nothing but a joy to have in my life.
The second one is a picture from my nephew’s graduation from high school in 2012.
I was very proud of my nephew on this day. He was a good boy, and he is now a good man. I was also to see the love between my nephew and my niece. It was wonderful to see that they still love each other similar to when they were little.
The third one is about my cats Thomas and Munch. They were a joy to have. Tom was gentle and kind. He loved sitting in your lap and taking a nap. Munch was a more of a hyperactive kind of kitty. He had a tail that was oddly shaped. It was straight until right before the tip. Just before the tip, it went at a ninety degree angle to right, and then back straight up. He loved popcorn. He was my unofficial alarm clock in law school. He would paw on the door exactly at 7am. He never stopped being that until he passed away.
Here is a picture of Thomas
Here is a picture of Munch.
She is not with us. You can read about the reason here. However, I do not want to dwell on that. I remember seeing her for the first time, at the hospital. I had finished with my business in Walton County, and I drove to Gwinnett Medical Center to meet up with my family. When I went to go see Maddie, I took my nephew and my niece along with me. My niece Kaylee, asked me, “Uncle Danny, which one is Maddie?” As I looked over the number of newborns sleeping in their individual beds, one cried out with a loud voice. My attention went over to the infant that cried out. It was Maddie. I pointed Maddie out to Kaylee and Michael. I told them that she was one of us because she had a loud voice. While her life was short, Maddie provided me with an immense amount of joy.