Brighten Someone’s Day- Today!

Credit: Bing images

Credit: Bing images

Why seven? Why not ten? Seven has a nice ring to it!

1. Be a coffee fairy. Surprise a co-worker with cup of coffee from his favorite coffee shop. Your heart will smile when you see the joy this simple, inexpensive act will bring to him.

2. Write a “just because” note to someone. Last Thursday, one of my students brought a handwritten note for each of her classmates. The smiles that lit up their faces were invaluable. I took a photo of the class holding up their letters because I want a tangible memory of her thoughtfulness.

3. Let someone go ahead of you in the grocery line, especially if they have just a few items. This happened to me earlier today. This act of kindness brightened my afternoon.

4. When the children are standing outside of the grocery store with their fundraiser chocolate, buy one and then give it back to them to resell. It’s a win-win situation (at least for me) I don’t need the extra sugar and they get an extra dollar.

5. Pay a compliment. Whenever I wear my coral blouse to work, I get lots of compliments. Each compliment brings a smile to my face and brightens my day.

6. The next time you take a digital photo of someone, add a cute frame, speech bubble, or caption before sending it off.

7. Be optimistic. Your positive attitude will rub off. It can be hard at times, but when things are challenging, remind yourself that you have the ability to find a good outcome. A positive attitude is a sure brightener!

When you brighten someone else’s day, the light reflects right back to you!

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Credit: Bing Images

Delightful and Delectable Dinner at Dolores

What? Did I get the name right? Are you kidding? This was my reaction when my daughter told me that we will be going to a restaurant called Dolores but you can call me Lolita. What an unusual name for a restaurant. Today’s writing prompt is about service – the most dreadful or wonderful service you’ve ever had as a customer.

Dolores but you can call me Lolita

In March of this year, my daughters and I had a beautiful dining experience at Dolores.  Our reservation was at 6:00 PM and we were just a tad late, but that didn’t keep us from getting seated immediately. Initially, we chose to sit inside the restaurant but then the manager suggested that we sit outside. He placed us at table on the terrace that gave us a lovely view of the bustle of the city in the evening. We sat amidst potted palms and bouganvilla flowers which added such a pleasant ambiance.

Our sever arrived promptly and treated us as if were the only guests in the busy restaurant. He gave us his undivided attention as he patiently answered our questions about the menu. His suggestions for us that evening were delightful and delectable.

As the evening wore on, the weather changed – it got cooler. John, the manager approached us with a warm smile and offered us three red, cozy blankets. Wow! We’ve never had blankets at a restaurant. At first, we thought it would look silly, but we threw our inhibitions out and snuggled up to enjoy the experience.

When the dessert menu arrived, the choice was easy. It was a unanimous decision to try the “Double or Nothing”. We were in dessert heaven!

The hospitality team at Dolores but you can call me Lolita in Miami certainly knows how to serve their guests. This restaurant is a gem!

Back to School- Tips for Parents

back to schoolIt’s back to school time for students across the United States! The new school year holds much excitement as well as challenges for students, teachers, and students.  Today’s post offers some tips to parents of elementary school age children on how to manage and set up a routine to have a successful year.

Communication – Establish communication with your child’s teacher as soon as possible. In today’s internet age, many teachers prefer an e-mail to a phone message. Initiate a parent-teacher conference within the first few weeks of school to discuss your child’s academic progress and how she is adjusting to the new class.

Homework routine – Set up a routine for your child and make sure you are consistent with it. Children need structure to help them build the responsibility they need to complete their assignments.

Staying organized – Label two folders with “stay at home” and “return to school” and place them in a designated area of your home (the kitchen countertop worked well for me). Teach your child to put papers that you need to read and keep at home in the “stay at home” folder and papers that you need to return to school in the other folder.

Stepping stones, not boulders – If or when your child gives you a report with possible distressing news, don’t panic too quickly. It’s likely that something could have been misinterpreted. Don’t let the situation be a boulder, but rather a stepping stone to solidify communication with the teacher and the school.

T.V and electronic games – Limit T.V and electronic games, especially during the week. Provide some form of physical activity/exercise that your child will enjoy. Dancing in the living room or jumping rope on the patio can be fun.

Here’s wishing parents, students, and teachers a successful 2013-2014 school year!


“Must a name mean something?” Alice asked doubtfully.
Of course it must,” Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh; “my name means the shape I am – and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.” 
― Lewis Carroll

Nowadays, wanting to know the gender of the unborn baby is something that many parents embrace easily. When I had my first baby, I didn’t want to know the gender. I wanted the doctor to announce it when baby arrived. My husband and I spent very little time choosing a name for our baby –  if we were blessed with a baby boy, he will be Roshan and if a girl she will be Roshini. That’s it. There was no what ifs, no back and forth, no consulting with others –  we settled on those two names and did not waver.

Roshan and Roshini are Hindi names and both mean light. We knew that our baby will bring light into our lives and brighten our world and these names were just perfect.

Just over a quarter century ago, we welcomed our baby girl Roshini into the world. She immediately filled our lives and home with light and brightness, and continue to do so today and everyday.

Roshini adds light and brightness where ever she goes…her smile is as bright and radiant as a sunflower.

Today’s post is in response to the Daily Prompt.