Almost a month ago, I had my first (but hopefully, not my last) hula lesson at the Royal Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. My hula teacher, Sharise Dudoit #mauihulawahini, has been performing since the age of 12. She still looks that young to me, but she is mom to three, performing, teaching and giving the gift of happiness through hula. Here is the short video she captured on my phone after we had rehearsed the dance for about 20 minutes. Before that, she gave me by tea leaf lei, which I still have in my office, and showed me how to make my rosette out of plumeria blossoms. I learned more than how to dance the hula that day--I also learned how important Nature and its elements connect to the dance--and, most importantly, I made a new friend. Mahalo (thank you), Sharise.
Timothy enjoyed playing with his Tinker Toys, Building a turning ferris wheel from wooden spools and brightly colored sticks entertained him for hours. While other children were fixated on their phone screens following Pokemon Go critters here and there, Timothy built things. Pleasure for Timothy was imaging his next build project, studying architectural plans in books, drawing images of it on scrap paper he picked up from the library, and returning home with ideas sprouting from his the top of his brown, fuzzy head.
His walk home with his mom, past the park and into his neighborhood was a celebration for all that was possible to an five-year-old, freed at last from chemo tubes.
Hmmm. It's interesting that although I am having fun writing mini posts on three-at-a-time of the "happiest words in literature" (Atlantic magazine 7/12/16)--others seems to be passing on my posts. Oh, well, in spite of the low reader numbers, here we go:
Rainbow: Of course, I think about "Wizard of Oz" the movie and Judy Garland's iconic song, but I also think about Irish folktales and a pot o' gold, and the scope of the sky when a rainbow arc extends across the desert sky. All good and happy thoughts.
Smile: Science says that even when you fake a smile, moving the muscles of the mouth to an upward curve stimulates the brain to produce happy hormones. Try it NOW!
Won: Oh, I could go dark easily and connect this word to the political convention we have just witnessed this week. But he-who-shall-not-be-named will not come long to this blog post. So I have to deliberately switch my mind to connect "won" to more light-filled types of contests such as: a swim meet, educational award, or even romance as "she won his heart forever." There--love came in through an open window. Surprise!!
And here's a Buddha Doodle to take that message to another level of love--