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“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A. A. Milne

The sound of a text on the phone – a text from Linda today “Another year cancer-free. Hugs and kisses.” Today marks 15 years to the day I was called on Ash Wednesday, 1999 to be told that I had stage 3 melanoma. I had to be reminded. I forgot. She remembered. That’s what friends and family do – they remember, they celebrate, they hold up a mirror to show us the best of us – our soul, our spirit.

We remember the offenses, we remember the struggles, we remember the day and minute we get the call. We need to remember the laughter, the lessons and the steps that lead us to the many victories, the celebrations. Tonight, I had dinner with family and played a little bingo. Laughing, winning the meat raffle twice and sharing special moments that make up a good life. So as the numbers are being called, remember to yell “bingo” when you win. It’s more often than we count.

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” – James M. Barrie

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” – James M. Barrie

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  1. A fitting quote from a very wise bear 😉 It seems to be an inborn element of the human psyche to focus on those times which didn’t measure up to our expectations, and push the private victories to the back burner. For whatever psychological reason we do this, it is important to recall the magical times in our lives and appreciate them with a smile on our face. Family certainly helps in making that so and we should feel blessed to have them around us. Bingo 😉

    February 18, 2014
  2. Congratulations! Aren’t we blessed to have friends and family to help us through the trials and share the celebrations.

    February 18, 2014
  3. This was so well written it brought tears to my eyes. I reblogged it, wanting to share it with as many people as I could. I’m glad you have Linda’s friendship. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations!

    February 24, 2014

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