The Pursuit of Happyness

Just returned from another trip to L.A. to support my mom. It was a bit easier trip than usual--whew. And she is actually doing better. Whew and I'm grateful.

The long drives have afforded me a great amount of think time that I appreciate. And I am also grateful for Verizon IN calling so I can chat on my cell with buddies for a long time and make the drive seem shorter.

When I heard on the radio that the film. "The Pursuit of Happyness" opened Friday (the day I drove home), I knew I had to go. Right away. I knew I needed to take a dear friend with me. So we dashed off to Horton Plaza (oh, Ray Bradbury, what were you thinking?) to catch the 4:35 showing. Wow. Although, clearly dramatized to engender the full kleenex effect, it was a very inspiring film to say the least. There but for the grace of God, go I/we. And yes, the film explains why the spelling of happiness is with a 'y.' I kinda like it that way.

Today, Saturday, Dec. 16th is also the one year anniversary of my beloved Rev. Matt's transition. It is hard to believe it was a year ago that I was spending three days in Palm Springs in transiiton support. And even harder to believe he is not in physical form. So close, and yet so far....

One of the sweet things about yesterday at the mall, was walking past the holiday decor and doing some window shopping. My friend and I stopped to ogle a shoe store that had an unusual mix of fancy sneakers and running shoes mixed in with some very hot and very high heels. In my head, I was noting how I was drawn to those very high heels and wondering why when in reality I prefer the comfort of sneakers. Then my friend turned to me and said, "These shoes remind me of Rev. Matt. I never met him, but I remember your talk when you expained how he taught you about shopping for shoes." I knew at that moment, that Matt was with me. And I smiled because he had left his imprint (shoeprint?) even on someone he never knew. That pleases me as I know it would please him.

One week and counting. Ho ho ho


Don Converse said…
Although I knew Rev Matt only a short time, I knew him more through your love for him than anything else. So, I miss him too. I have prayed for his partner Stephen and for his wonderful friend Duchess Dale because Matt would want the two of you to continue your work as if he was still in physical form. What I did know about Matt is that he cherished those two relationships (Stephen and Duchess) above all others. Matt, I also know your memory will never diminish in the hearts and minds of all those you so positively affected, especially your beloved Stephen and Duchess. Tell me more about the shoes. I may need to buy them for someone.

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