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Beauty Parlor-08077“We need to go get my hair fixed tomorrow, call the lady in Virgilina and see if she’s got an appointment,” my mother said to me.

It was Thursday, Friday is the day Momma usually gets her hair fixed. I picked up the phone and dialed the number, made the appointment. When Friday came around, it was a nice day, sunny, bright and deliciously beautiful. I helped Momma with her bath, got us both ready to go and off we went.

Virgilina is a tiny little town that sits right smack dab on the border of North Carolina and Virginia. At one point in time, it was a copper mining town and had the worst tasting water you would ever drink. Virgilina was officially incorporated in February 1900, even had it’s on bank called The Bank of Virgilina! The current population is more or less 157 people now.

We get to the beauty parlor, I help momma in and get her settled. The lady says to me, “Hey, did you bring your cameras?” She knows I like to shoot pictures. I laughed and said, “Yep, I sure did. Was looking forward to goin’ to a Tobacca-08065different part of town today”. Another lady in curlers said, “OH… You have got to go down to my house! Across the street there’s the most beautiful field of t’bacca with sunflowers growing b’tween the rows. Why I like to eat my breakfast in the morning looking out on that field. It’s so beautiful!”

My mother said she’d be fine, to go ahead and go. I kissed her on the forehead and ran out the door, started the car, rolled down the windows and drove down the road. I was heading out to see the t’bacca.

As I drove, I was remembering my childhood. Coming to this same beauty parlor all those years ago, running barefoot down the street, going to the corner store to see James and get a coke with peanuts. Behind the store is the old firehouse my Uncle used to volunteer in, they’ve got a new one now. My cousin lived and still does a couple blocks away.

Somebody bought the old elementary school, they’re fixin’ it up and livin’ there now. And just a little further down the road is the t’bacca field I’ve been lookin’ for. I’ve never seen sunflowers growing with t’bacca. It was beautiful! It was some of the prettiest t’bacca I’d ever seen and the sunflowers just seemed to highlight the field and make it pop.

Sunflower bee-08060I got out of the car and walked between the rows, weaving in and out. Sunflowers were blooming everywhere, a few of the t’bacca plants hadn’t been suckered yet (the flowers were still on ’em). Bees were flying around, drunk on sunflower nectar. That made my heart sing. I shot pictures and allowed myself to feel the joy of just standing in that field. I know it sounds crazy but, I found that t’bacca field just as beautiful as the lady in curlers. Now I understood why she sent me there.

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happiness  | ˈhapēnis | noun – good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

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On December 21st, my friend Dawn had a party in celebration of the Mayan calendar. There were lots of “end of the world” parties around town, but Dawn wanted to create a different sort of party. She wanted to celebrate the possibilities of new beginnings in each of our lives. I’m glad she did.

Dawn gave us all a plastic container she had decorated and asked each of us to write something we were grateful for or felt joy about each night before going to bed, then put it in the plastic tub. Well, I wasn’t groovin’ to the tub but, I had a beautiful tin box my friend Nancy had given me one year for my birthday that was made by a local tinsmith. This seemed to be the perfect receptacle for gratitude and joy.

Each night since, with the exception of a couple here and there, I have written my daily gratitude or joy, folded the paper and dropped it in my box. I am noticing that I feel happier, more joyful and laughing a lot more. I see more of the beauty that surrounds me and I feel more positive and content about life. Little things that would bother me or drive me crazy now seem less important. Life has become a joyful flow of creativity and wonder. For this, I am eternally grateful.

So, here’s my question to you. What makes you happy? What small thing do you do each day to bring more joy, gratitude and purpose into your life? And please, feel free to share. You never know when something you are currently doing might help someone you have never met.

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