Monday, May 08, 2006

Good news, bad news

Today was one of those good news, bad news days.
Good: It was my birthday.
Bad: I was sick and had to stay home from work.
Good: My wife came home at lunch to make sure I was alive. It meant I got to spend time with her that I wouldn't have otherwise had.
Bad: I spilled the tea she made me.
Good: Whatever was left in my mug was pretty darn sweet.

Bad: My laptop died today.
Bad: It died five weeks after the 1-year manufacturer's warranty ran out.
Good: I had bought the extended warranty.
Good: I've been diligently doing my backups.

Good: We had cake.
Good: I got to watch our kids have cake. They were so excited because they got to help Mom pick the balloons and pack my present. It was an absolute zoo in the house (kids and sugar, who knew?)
Good: I looked over at my wife amidst the chaos and whispered to her that we created all this.
What today taught me: Every day arrives as a package that has some good and some bad. The trick, I think, is to find the happy stuff and focus on that. Everything else is pretty much immaterial.

Your turn: If I stray off of this path in the coming year, please remind me what I wrote today.


bhd said...

How beautiful. And how wonderful that you didn't have to go down on your sore knees, weeping, on the beach, when you had that realization about life being the whole catastrophe, like I did a few weeks ago. It's big, this life. It's incomprehensible. I wouldn't want it any other way.

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

kenju said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARMI!! Even though you are sick, I am glad to know that the good outweighs the bad today.

Hope you feel better soon.

Karen said...

Honestly, you have to be the most sensitive, kind and optimistic man I've ever heard of. You see the good in everything. Hopefully that is contagious!

Happy Birthday, Carmi! Feel better.....

rob said...

Tanjyobi omenetoo
Tanjyobi omenetoo
Tanjyobi omenetoo
Karumi san, omenetoo

Happy birthday, brotha.

Mrs. Falkenberg said...

What a gorgeous post. I think we all need a little reminder to see the good occasionally.

Jill said...

Happy Birthday, Carmi. And thank you for the gift of your writing throughout the year.

Kara said...

Aw, sounds like your package was wrapped in pretty metalic paper with ribbon and ballons, so how come mine came in paper bag brown? waaaaaaaa

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday my friend.

There are too many goods on your list to be bothered by the bads...

Good: You are a wonderful father/husband/friend

Good: You always have something to offer us your readers


Monalisa Marques said...

Hey. I believe in words too.
I'll be a journalist too.
Do you see? I'm now your blog's fan.

I have a blog too (look - another too), but I'm brazilian and my words are portuguese, not english.

If you can speak Portuguese, you can undertand my blog.
If you can't speak my language, you can imagine what my words say.


Good blog!
(Now i'm going to read your posts)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I love you Carmi. I really do! (*smiling*) You are a truly special special man..and I wish you, at this late time of your special day..A VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and A Very Very Happy BIRTH-YEAR!
May this year be filled with all good things for everything and everyone you hold dear, and more.

Cake. Let's eat some more cake, my dear.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

AND....Feel better very very soon, my drar Carmi. (Maybe God gave you a cold so you would have some precious time with your lovely wife...You think? I DO! I Heart You!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Carmi!! This means I will not see your smiling face donating this week (how disappointing). Take time to rest and drink plenty of fluids so that you will recover quicker. I hope to see you again soon!

Lisa said...

If I stray off of this path in the coming year, please remind me what I wrote today.

You and me both. I think I'm going to print this out and read it every time I start feeling sorry for myself.

j said...

Happy birthday...found your site through grinsnlaughter...what caught my attention was the fact it seems like you and your wife have a really good relationship...thanks for keeping the hope of a hopelessly romantic alive.Enjoy your chaos!

barbie2be said...

happy, happy birthday carmi! yesterday was my niece's birthday too. :)

sounds like in spite of being ill you had a wonderous day with your happy little family! and that is just the way a birthday should be.

Star said...

Happy Birthday Carmi! I notice that Good beats out Bad 2 to 1. What more can we ask from life?

Sandy said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you're feeling better.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like your family helped you to make the best of it in spite of all the bad stuff. Hope the coming year is a great one for you and that your next birthday finds you health, happy, and with a fully functional laptop!!!

MorahMommy said...

I hope you had a good birthday, inspite of not feeling well. The kids were so excited to shop and pick out the balloons and the cake. They got a little carried away (no pun intended!) with the balloons.

You got the cake and the 2 different kids of cupcakes because they couldn't agree on anything.

It's much cheepter without them, but a lot more exciting for them, with them!!

Sarie said...

Happy belated birthday. Mine was Sunday.

Anonymous said...

I am always late.
but Happy Birthday..
Nice nice nice..
Over from the other Michele once again...

Jennifer said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!
Uh...your laptop only lasted a year? Is that the norm for laptops? (mine is three weeks old....and now I'm scared...ha ha)