Comfort Zone

So on this first day of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, what should I blog about?  There’s a lot I could say or have an opinion about for sure.  But I keep going back to a question I was asked not too long ago – what’s your favorite picture?  I don’t even have to think about it.  Here’s my favorite picture of all time (and yes I took it):


It reminds of a great evening with my family – even though there was nearly a knock down drag out fight to get everyone to the beach that night.  That probably makes it even better.

I have other favorites too:

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Ok I could go on for days – and I didn’t even get into the ones with my mom or my sisters……Each one has a story behind it too.   That’s what I love about pictures they take you back to what was happening when the picture was taken.

So I’m just sitting here enjoying my pictures this first day of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Why?  Because our family was one of the lucky ones.  And there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t remember that.  And when all the feelings of having a five-year old who had a brain tumor surface again this time of year this is my comfort zone.

So as I’m sitting here surrounded by my best pictures, I’m listening to music (it’s easier to write when I can’t here “MOM!!” 15 times – I’m sure they are fine – I don’t smell smoke so they haven’t set the house on fire – yet).  And one of my favorite songs starts playing that fits the blog:

In My Life – The Beatles.

So now I’m playing all my favorite tunes…. Which I’m going to list for you also.  Take a few minutes on YouTube or iTunes and have a listen to my playlist.  No it’s not new music at all – well some have been re-done by new artists.  Several of my favorite songs were written and popular well before I was born.  It’s an eclectic mix…..

In My Life – The Beatles–  This started it off

Love Lifts Us Up – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes — Who doesn’t love An Officer & A Gentleman?

A Pirate Looks at 40 – Jimmy Buffett —   “Occupational hazard is my occupation isn’t around”

Please Come To Boston – Kenny Chesney –Yes I know he didn’t sing it originally – but duh it’s Kenny Chesney

Let It Be – The Beatles — I love the Beatles

I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith — It’s a Dave thing – technically not “our song” but our song

Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond — My first concert with my mom – and also Dave & I singing this at the top of our lungs in the truck early one morning.

Dancing Queen – ABBA — Teagan & I sing this (terribly) ever since she saw Mama Mia

Yellow Submarine – The Beatles — Dawson & sing this (also terribly) and he may not admit that anymore…..

Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi — My nephew rocks this out at karaoke

Rocky Top – John Denver — My sister attempts to kill me by making me “clog” when this song is played – it’s a long song to clog too

From This Moment – Shania Twain — This is Dawson’s song – I heard it on the way home from the hospital when he was a baby

Your Song – Elton John —-This is Teagan’s song – I heard it when she was a few days old

(Yes – they both hate their songs!)

And my number one favorite song of all time:

Imagine – John Lennon                                                                 Yeah……..