My Personal Mary Poppins

My Sunny Side: What relationship in your life has made you the happiest?
When I think of how to respond to this question, I realize how many variations of happiness there can be. There is the happiness that a lover can bring, a mother can give, and a friend can share; they are all unique in their manifestation. But to me, the greatest happiness is one that lasts; one that outlives a passionate romance, a tumultuous friendship, or a volatile family tie. It is a happiness that is reliable, consistent, and unconditional. That has always been the case with my Auntie Nette.
My “Auntie Nette”, as I have called her since birth, has been the sunshine of my life. When my mother was sick with cancer or my Nana was dying, she took care of me a great deal. She is the most selfless person I know; whether she was up in the early morning hours when I had a tummy ache (which I seemed to have on nearly a nightly basis probably because I just liked to watch Nick at Nite with her) or fixing me my favorite gourmet entrée of mashed potatoes, chicken, and corn all mixed together.
This lasted for years, and then, Auntie Nette had to move away. She’s a real life Mary Poppins, as I like to say. She takes care of you until you are ready to be independent, and then she takes care of another child that needs her help. She was a true blessing for the time that I had her but I’m glad that I’m not the only one who got to experience her being “practically perfect in every way.”
Auntie Nette still visits me every few months and I talk to her at least a couple times a week. She brings happiness to my life without fail. She is always there to offer a prayer, say two hours worth of kind words (we can hold a phone conversation like no other), or be a pseudo-shoulder to cry on. She is my confidant, friend, and beloved aunt. I can only hope that I have brought a “spoonful of happiness” into her life. (You think I’ve seen Mary Poppins enough times?)
What relationship in your life makes you the happiest?
Keep Shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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  1. 1. Healing hypnosis: My mom is soon to be a certified hypnotherapist and she is trying to practice as much as possible. Lucky me, I get to be her guinea pig. Since I haven’t been feeling very well the past few days, I was more than ready to “follow the watch” so to speak, and I did feel better afterward.

    2. Photography: One of my favorite parts of the fair is the amazing photos that local residents turn in for some friendly competition. Of course, my favorite pictures are those of animals; a dog, cat, or camel always makes my day.

    3. Cinnamon roll: If you read my post the other day entitled, “Stealing my Sunshine”, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I went to the fair for a second time this year and today I did it right. I ordered an oozing, buttery cinnamon roll slathered in the richest cream cheese frosting that only Sysco could create in a plant somewhere in Michigan. Heaven!

    4. Getting advice from my friends: They are always there to encourage, support, and love me. I feel so blessed to be in such mutually appreciated friendships.

    5. Laughing with my girlfriends: While sipping our homemade hot chocolate, we were literally rolling on the floor laughing while we spent a little too much time on the website that seems to make the most unlikely strangers seem like familiar friends…that’s right—Facebook. Don’t act like you haven’t done it too!

    Posted on 8.11.10 | Reply
  2. Auntie Nettie says:

    Wow, sweetie, you made my tears of happiness flow. What a beautiful tribute to your very own “Mary Poppins”. Believe me when I say that from the very moment I knew you were on the way into this world, you have been extra special to me and a blessing of huge magnitude bring the utmost in joy and happiness at our every encounter. I love you and I’m so proud of what you are accomplishing. Auntie Nettie

    Posted on 8.12.10 | Reply

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