The Art of Loving Life

There are so many things that added together create the life I enjoy. My children. Dark chocolate. Flowers. Books. Of course everyone who knows me knows that these are the things I love. But as the years past, I am beginning to think it the unexpected things that truly make us revel in life. Those are the things that make us stop and say, “I am so very happy at this moment! I want to bottle this moment and relive it over and over again.” They are the secrets that we hold within ourselves that only we understand.

Have you ever seen the movie Titanic? Do you remember the necklace? The very large, bejeweled heart shaped necklace? I love necklaces but that necklace is not my style. The necklaces I wear are not bold or sparkly. Except for one.

I have three children ages 20, 16, and 9. Normally my girls choose presents for me (with the help of my mom) and my son is given one to give to me. He’s never had a big say in what to get me. And he was always just happy to have a present to hand to me. Until this year. The day before Mother’s Day this year the family went to the nearest mall because my daughter needed a dress for the spring concert. The plan was she and I would go dress shopping and my son and his dad would check out the toy department. So we did. Or so I thought.

The next morning I was barely out of bed when my son was eagerly thrusting a small package in my hand. It was a necklace. A big Titanic-like necklace. A necklace I would never choose. A necklace I would never wear. A necklace my son chose. “I think he wanted to get the biggest one he could,” my husband confided later. “He told me you would love it.” Well…

I wore it to work the next day. I have worn it once a week since Mother’s Day. Because when I see that necklace in the mirror I see a son’s love, all wrapped up in a large, silver, filigreed heart. It is an unexpected sign of all the love showered on me. It is a reminder of how much I love my life. Even on my grumpiest day my Titanic heart makes me smile.

I wrote today’s post as part of the WOW-Women on Writing’s “The Art of Loving Your Life” Blanket Tour celebrating the release of Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore by Barbara Conelli.

Barbara Conelli is an internationally published bestselling author, seasoned travel writer specializing in Italy. In her charming, delightful and humorous Chique Books filled with Italian passion, Barb invites women to explore Italy from the comfort of their home with elegance, grace and style, encouraging them to live their own Dolce Vita no matter where they are in the world.

Her latest book, Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore offers an intimate view into the unpredictable and extravagant city of Milan, its glamorous feminine secrets, the everyday magic of its dreamy streets, the passionate romance of its elegant hideaways, and the sweet Italian art of delightfully falling in love with your life wherever you go.

If you comment on today’s post on this blog or any of the others participating in The Art of Loving Your Life tour, you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore!

To read Barbara’s post about loving life and view a list of other blogs participating in The Art of Loving Your Life tour please visit The Muffin.

YOu can also check out her great book trailer below!

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5 Responses
  1. Jodi, thank you very much for participating in my book tour! I love the story about the necklace. Children are so sweet and honest. Such moments give meaning to our life, and remembering them always makes us smile. Dolce amore indeed!

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  3. robyn says:

    Aww, how beautiful! Okay, I’m all weepy now.
    Happy Mom’s Day

  4. Deirdra Eden says:

    You have a fabulous blog! I’m an author and illustrator and I made some awards to give fellow bloggers whose sites I enjoy. I want to award you with one of my homemade awards: Powerful Woman Writer Award. There are no pass along requirements. This is just to reward you for all the hard work you do!

    Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.
    ~Deirdra

  5. Jean Oram says:

    A Titanic heart–I love it. :)

    Isn’t it amazing how our kids and their love can totally change an object in our eyes?

    (BTW, you don’t need to enter my name as I’m a stop on the tour as well.)

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