Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Seeing the Good in the Bad

     5:00 on Friday means “hello weekend!” 5:00 this past Friday meant "hello LONG weekend!!" Rushing out the door of my office building, I got in my car, turned the radio up, and sat in the most horrible traffic ever. Instant mood change. Realizing Stephanos was at least 40 minutes behind me in traffic, I had to go grocery shopping alone. Annoying. After pushing through most of the aisles, getting shoved around by all kinds of rude people, and waiting at the deli (gross!), I waited for his arrival. Finally he came, we left, and the night went on. I was flustered from the hustle and bustle until I was sitting at one of our favorite restaurants sipping a pumpkin beer. Stephanos exclaimed that he needed to use the restroom, and when he came back, he lightly placed a beautiful Barmakian Jewelers bag on my lap, and to my surprise, it enclosed the gorgeous Cape Cod bracelet I had been obsessing over for at least a year now. My night completely turned into a fabulous, romantic, fortunate escapade.

     The next day was spent with my mother, and we had a blast per usual. Sunday followed while sad faces congregated at church for the Stephanos’ uncle’s memorial mass. But hearts lightened and smiles formed quickly thereafter while we gathered over good food and delicious drinks. Spending time with people you love is always a beautiful thing, even when the circumstances are less than exciting. Love comes together for the bad and the good, the heart wrenching and the happiness, and together we all find reasons to smile. And smile I did, until Monday night when I got home from a lovely day off, and Nala (who has never escaped before) ran out my front door at lightning speed. I think her whole life flashed before my eyes within 5 seconds, and somehow, by the grace of God, she finally ran back in my front door. She bit me while I cried, loved me while I gave her treats, we cuddled all night, and I thanked every single person in Heaven for protecting her and not letting her get too far from home.  Some people may not understand why, but my little cat means the world to me.  I still don't think my nerves have calmed 100% back down, but I am thankful to be getting there.
     I saw a beautiful raninbow while driving the other day, and even though it was small, it was still a rainbow and a reason to take picture. If you try to find at least one reason to shine through the dull gray situations life often places you in, I can promise you will be a more content human being. Always remember that “every storm runs out of rain, just like every dark night turns into day."