I have a file on my desktop that I call INSPIRATION where I put little things like this above. I actually used this quote for Mary Fowler’s 12th birthday party, printed them out, and tied them to all the party favors- some of her favorite treats!
But today this quote makes me think of someone else. My dad called me yesterday to tell me that one of the families I babysat for lost their mother to cancer over the weekend. The Saturday before Mother’s Day. Her name is Cassidy, mother of FIVE children, and I am in shock.
I met this sweet family when I worked at the athletic club in high school. I worked in the nursery and they brought their oldest daughter (at the time their only child) in and Cassidy stayed to chat while the dad played racquetball.
Cassidy was such a bright, energetic, and happy mother. Her eyes were luminous, her smile infectious, and she spoke with such excitement! We talked a lot and she loved my name- I found out later they named their second daughter Olivia 🙂
One time, years later, I was working in the bakery during college and without even seeing Cassidy, I heard her booming, excited voice happily chatting with her clan of kids somewhere else in the store. For whatever reason at that particular moment, I decided to BE HAPPY. And by that I think I mean project happy. That’s what she was doing. Projecting happy energy.
I don’t even know if I ever spoke to her that day but we must have stayed in touch somehow because they came to my wedding and my photographer took many photos of their sweet family:) I sent them the photographs in a thank you note but I’m going to resend with my condolences.
I feel compelled to let her children (daughters and son) know how inspiring I found their mother to be and how her radiance reflected onto, enhancing my personality. How amazing. She really did leave a sparkling impression on me.