A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!
I was getting ready for work the other day and caught the last thirty minutes of The Pursuit of Happyness. I've seen it before but a movie worth always watching again.
If you want happiness, sometimes you have to pursue it. If you want it bad enough will be well worth the pursuit.
Pursuit is defined by Webster's as "The act of striving".
Webster's defines Strive as "To exert much effort or energy".
It's pretty simple... we did just what Webster's defined for us to do for our happiness.
Not one of our three kids ever once complained about our situation. I think it got to a point where they all three simply felt grateful they still had a roof over their heads. They heard my husband and me have heated discussions behind our bedroom door and sometimes at the dinner table. They saw us grow apart yet we always remained together.
I think it taught all three of them to never give up or ever walk away from a challenge. A challenge is the test of one's abilities or resources, and we had both.
It started as a dribble but turned into a flood. I'm a pretty decent person, my husband is a person I could never imagine someone not liking and never once did we ever give up. We had so much help it would have been embarrassing if not so desperately needed AND still to this day appreciated. We rolled past the humiliation and gave thanks we were loved.
Then I got the greatest job a server could ever dream of and shortly after my husband started ground floor for a huge company and within a year's time started to move up. Then he moved up again and halfway across the country for almost two years. Then he moved up again and down to Orlando, where our oldest son had moved and my brother lives as well.
I'm staying here with my fantastic job until Labor Day and then loading up and bringing us all back together in Orlando to see what our future will bring.
It could be all taken away from us again but not thinking about that until or if it does. And if it does, at least know what to do...once again.
Strive and pursue.
If only the rest of the world thought like I did, It'd be a better place.
Instead, we worry about tearing each other apart for religious views (radicals aren't practicing true religion) and sexual orientation (which is NOT chosen but disposed at birth).You have to be right wing or left wing.
You are either a good person or a bad person.
Believe it or not, we should all live by The Golden Rule and this world would be a better place.
Doesn't even need to be Bible related, it's simply Karma. What goes around comes around.
As my time quickly winds down at the world's busiest airport, am scared out of my wits about finding a job like I have now.
Maybe I need to take a step back and think about making myself as good a wife and mother as I am a server.
One shift and not including the extra cash I made. It was only seven hours long.
I told my manager tonight after printing out my check out...
"I don't even know if I am that good of a person but one thing I am good at is being a server. I own this job, am great at this job and a total asset to this company." It took me months and months of hard work to achieve this level of compensation but have totally earned it, in my book.
I'm also doing what I have to do now, walk away and simply turn the page.
Jed, aka my husband moved halfway across the country for over a year by himself to move up in his new job and has moved up and up again. (Granny aka me) stayed home booming it out at the airport and just like that (after two years) we're almost back on top.
Life is a game. Life is a gamble. More importantly, you get out of life what you what you put into it.
We've put in our all and done our best.
It's time to stop now and smell the roses.
I love the way roses smell, and our life has never been sweeter.
Good things come to those who wait.
I'm going to rock my job until Labor Day and savor every shift and moment. Many of my coworkers are already saying how much they'll miss us Cottons, or maybe it's just my bag of daily snacks they will miss more. One of the servers recently nicknamed me "Snax". I've made some really good friends at the airport, will miss them tremendously but once you're a friend of mine you're my friend for life and will always stay in touch with you.
I rocked out another shift tonight and just like that, my last table was a single lady dining alone. Huge floppy hat, very quiet and soft spoken. Like the idiot I am, didn't recognize her.
After she had dinner, asked if we served mint hot tea? I told her we were out of it (this week has been rendunkulously busy) but once again, my Fifth Group training prompted me to "Be passionate about allowing customers to experience joy while dining" and offered her the option of a tea pot filled with hot water and fresh mint. She said that would be wonderful.
Once I had gone above and beyond (and all tables around her left) asked if she would mind taking a picture with me?
I'll never have a job like this again, but am going to enjoy the crap out of this one until Labor Day.
Til next time... COTTON