Normalcy Returns

A sense of normalcy is returning to my life and with it joy.

During morning break on Sunday I replaced the air filter in the furnace knowing that the air conditioner would come on this afternoon when temperatures soared in the 80’s.

Then Sunday night I walked barefoot to the mailbox to get the mail I forgot to get on Saturday. It was wonderful to feel the grass between my toes. Most of the dandelions are nothing but bald stems. Those with “hair” remaining are about to be dust in the wind.

This was May 9th, the day before Mother’s Day.

And today as I stepped down the front steps onto the stones in the border and onto the grass.

I am so confident that the freezing weather is finally behind us that I washed my parka at lunch and put it in the closet.

However, the surest signs of normalcy in life are several streets in the neighborhood blocked off due to road construction. Yes, the lovely orange and white flowers have popped up everywhere. Some of you might call these flowers barrels but we in Ohio call them our state flower. 😀

May you notice signs of normalcy returning in your life and may they bring you joy.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog