Sunday, August 10, 2008

Accentuate the Positive

I had the opportunity to fly to Colorado...then drive to Green River, Wyoming last weekend for my Aunt and Uncle's 60th wedding anniversary. It was something I had a hard time committing to because of my lack of time off at work. Finally I decided I needed to go because I knew I would regret it if I didn't. It was a short 48-hour trip packed with early morning departures, long road trips, delayed flights and late arrivals (thanks again for picking me up at 2am Wyatt!). Despite it all, I am glad I went! I got to see lots of family I haven't seen for years and most of all my dear Aunt Lois and Uncle Dale. As horrible as this sounds, I just don't know when I'll see them again. Not so much because their getting on in years but because I've discovered that as I get older, it has become increasingly difficult to travel like I did when I was younger.

At one point in the celebration my Uncle Dale got up and sang the song "Accentuate the Positive". I'm sure many of you know or at least recognize the song if you heard it. It was a really special experience for me to listen to him sing the song and reflect on my memories of him and know that he really has lived an exemplary life of optimism. I've made an effort this past week to follow in his example and try to carry a positive attitude. It hasn't been easy, especially with everything that has been going on at work. But I just sing the song to myself and it makes it a tad bit easier to focus on the good. I am grateful too for Wyatt. I always told myself that I wanted to marry someone that portrayed some of the same characteristics as my Uncle. I knew in some ways the two were similar. But it wasn't until this weekend that I realized the positive attitude they both carry. I am grateful for Wyatt and the way he helps me recognize the good in life. It was such a wonderful weekend! And I'm happy to say I have no regrets for going!

(I've been waiting to post this all week because I've been waiting for my cousins to post pictures of the event on their blogs so I could copy the pics and post them on my blog. I took some with my camera but they all turned out too dark. However, no one has posted pictures...except for Collete. But even she said she didn't have very many. Who has all the pictures? Abbie? I'm sorry that you won't get any visual entertainment out of this post.)


Abbie said...

So sorry! I promise I'm getting to it. Send me your email address and I'll email a couple quicksies. I don't know if you knew or not but we moved to Virginia. We're loving it. Check out my next couple posts either today (Sunday) or in the days to come. :)

Collette said...

I'm so glad you came, Britty. It was fun to see you for the brief time you were there. I wish we had had time to sit and visit.

Jeanna said...

I have some pics, but they were dark and far away. Our camera isn't that great, but in an effort to accentuate the positive, I'm glad we have a digital camera, sometimes we get some terrific pics out of it.

It was fun to see you, too.

mom/Janet said...

I'm so glad you came and so glad you are a part of the family. We love you all.

The Babkm5 said...

That is cool that you got the opportunity to be there, especially to celebrate 60 years of marriage. That is a long time..I hope that Brandon and I last that long, I might be getting on his!

Well, now that Wyatt and yourself are back, and us back from our vacation from the beach we need to hang-out soon! I haven't seen you guys in forever.