|My girls, Ella Madeleine and Andrea.|
For those of you who come here regularly and visit the blogs of other members of our international By Invitation Only group know, once each month we decide on a subject and off we go. Without further discussion, each of us attacks our “assignment” with our singular interpretation.
Today’s topic is: “So far, what is one of the best days of your life?”
|Ella Madeleine in the beginning. . .|
So far I’ve had so many “best days of my life” that we have neither the time nor the space to enumerate. However, answering this question is incredibly easy. In two words: Ella Madeleine.
She is our family’s marvelous little miracle, trust me on this. She was born last fall, but I already told you that. She was hoped, planned and prayed for and has surpassed all of her parents’ and grandparents’ expectations with her born-happy attitude toward life.
|Happy! Her mother tells me that (they’re both Virgos, if you know what I mean. . .) Ella always matches her toys. Two cups are always the same color, two blocks are always the same form and color. “It’s frightening,” Drea says.|
Science has proved that some of us are born with a happiness edge or “set point” that serves us well through life, it’s called “hedonic adaptation.” To read a NY Times article about the lucky ones amongst us, please click here.
My-Reason-For-Living-In-France was born happy. I see it every day.
Having a grandchild, as so many of you know and perhaps will know, is one of those joyous moments in life that leaves us in a state of euphoria (I’m not exaggerating). I call Andrea every couple of days to get a “what did Ella do today?” update. It’s crazy.
The thing about Ella is that she makes her parents exuberantly happy and because she has a crazy gap between her front teeth — no one knows where that came from, but her father thinks it bodes well because of Lauren Hutton — and wildly curly hair, she makes complete strangers laugh when she shoots them one of her crinkle-nose smiles. She smiles at everyone I’m told.
Since I’m off to Chicago next month for Christmas, I’ll have a series of “best days ever” with Andrea, Will and Ella Madeleine. As I’ve said, I’ve been lucky in life and lucky in love and I am forever grateful. I take nothing for granted.