Dec. 6, 2018

Decorating with jingle JOY bells

"Decorating with jingle JOY bells"

"JOY the the world" ...
"repeat the sounding JOY" ...
    Not sure why I decorated my small living tree with bells this year ... maybe 11 years of doing toddler library storytimes ... kind of funny since I did not appreciate when a jubilant older friend of my parents would approach me at St. Andrew's United Methodist church, pinch my captive chubby child cheeks and laughingly say ... "How is my JOY bells?!" ...
  I grew up as a quiet child with relentously mocking teasing in the form of several versions of "JOY to the world" (including "Jeremiah was bullfrog ... JOY to the fishes of the deep blue sea version).
      Maybe, just maybe, that teasing was actually an invitation for me to LIGHTen up and discover I do not have to perform, just BE loved, just BE present (as the real, shame-free me), truly live with the childlike heART as the sound of unique of me, JOY to the World! (Resound, reverberate, Repeat)
Jln, 12-6-18