Growing up in my grandmother's house as a boy was always an adventure when the relatives would visit. The food would be filled with extra garlic, parsley, and other spices. The smell of homemade bread and slow cooked tomato sauce would fill our noses with bliss. The dinner later would fill our stomachs with spaghetti and meatballs and our hearts with contentment as well. The air would be filled with Italian words both good and not so good. The talk would be excited and you always knew to sit a few feet away from those talking so that a hand gesture or waving arm didn't accidently hit you in the face. There would be more laughter, more stories, and more jokes than you could keep track of. There would be more hugs, more tears, and also more smiles as well. It was always such a beautiful adventure in living. You could always feel the love and joy flowing from heart to heart and from soul to soul.

     I wish the world had more adventures of this type. We all need more adventures that excite our hearts and nourish our souls. We all need more adventures in becoming the people that God meant for us to become. We all need more adventures in loving, laughing, giving, and caring. We all need to share more smiles together, more hugs together, and more tears together. We all need more family dinners. We all need more simple evenings filled with talk and togetherness. We all need to spend more time remembering how we are all one family put here by God to love each other and to share joy with each other.

     I hope that all of your adventures are loving ones then. I hope that all of your adventures bring you closer to God. I hope that all of your adventures help you to share your heart's love and your soul's joy with your family, your friends, and the entire world.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella (joecool@wirefire) -- from 'Inspired Buffalo' ( ]


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