Silly Emails

I am not big on the "chain emails." The rules that you must send it to 8 people and then on the 4th day you will feel something happen in your life...the whole thing is a little too much for me.  Who has the time to send them, read them, and most of all burden friends with more trash in their inbox?

But, this week I hit one of those crazy exceptions. Just when you make the grand statement, "I would NEVER do that"... something makes you shift.

Sandie, Mitchell and Corinne
For most of my kids growing up years, we had this amazing neighbor named Sandie. She lived alone and had children of her own that were close to my age. AND...I was lucky enough for her to adopt me as one of her own and my children became her grandchildren. It was a match made in heaven for all of us. She was the director of the local theater, so she would wear costumes to the kids' birthday parties and play whatever role we needed to spice things up a little.

She was a birthday fairy one year, a pirate another year, always coming in full costume and character. When the holidays came and we had more visiting relatives than beds, she opened her home and we used it as the local bed and breakfast. When I needed someone to run over to be with a napping baby so I could go gather the other children, all I had to do was call and she was there. I will never understand how this angel landed in my life at the right time with all of the right skills, but she did and we all just cherished our time together.

Well, Sandie watched the movie "The Bucket List" and decided she needed to have more adventure. So she packed up her house and moved to Costa Rica. Oh, we missed her. No one will ever fill her shoes or our hearts like she did, but we still keep in touch. She is now back in the States and lives in Galveston. Going to see her is like going to see family. She also makes it to Austin every few months so we can have her over for dinner.

Sandie can tell my children more hilarious stories about their childhood than my husband and I combined. She is a treasure and a gift.

Of course, she wears a bracelet.

Yesterday I received an email from her. It was one of those silly chain emails I spoke of earlier.

This one caught my eye. Her message to me was very simple.

I want you at my table.

The email read:

Come Sit With Me
"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all of the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you well, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."

"Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."

Now, send this to 8 women ore more within the next 5 minutes. And remember to send this back, I count as 1. You'll see why. My table of 8.

Well, those words sit in my heart and I know those words...they are just what I feel about my life. Time is precious, our days are too full, who do you really miss and want to see? Who would you invite to sit at your table? 

An amazing question. 

Have a great day. Wear your bracelet and invite some friends to sit around your table that make you laugh! Why not?

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