Monday, May 11, 2015

3 Little Words

Some words are benign enough, it is....It. A non-specific pronoun.  Is. A form of the verb to be.  But put them together and add one more word, and you have a sentence. In the case of news delivered by my husband's doctor, the sentence sucked the air out of the room, my ears stopped working and I think maybe even my heart stopped pumping blood through my body for a half second when he spoke those words, "It is cancer."  Those simple little two words, matched with the most malignant, changed my life. Forever.

That was just over two years ago that I heard those words, such a short time, yet a lifetime.

Thinking about those three words, made me wonder about other times when just three words had changed my life so much. Some were hard to hear, others filled my heart with wonder and joy. All have brought me to this day.

Congratulations on Graduating I thought that meant I was done with school, though later I returned to earn two masters degrees, but it did mean it was time to get serious, be an adult, get a real job. And I did. I had a successful career, traveling the world, earning obscene amounts of money and always serious, saving for retirement.  

I love you The most precious words ever heard. Whether from a parent, a friend, a lover or a child, nothing changes a mood faster that hearing those words.  I remember once, almost 30 years ago, after a particularly bad day at work, stopping by my parents' house on my way home from work. As I climbed back into my car, my four year old niece, who'd been in the back playing, ran to the front porch and yelled at the top of her lungs, I love you! My whole day brightened at the sound of those words.

Be my wife At 37 I'd pretty much given up on the idea of marriage, yet it was a pleasant surprise to be proposed to by a man I really did love and want to spend the rest of my life with. I had no idea I would only get to spend the rest of his life with him.

Good Morning, Teacher After 20 years in high tech, I retired the day before my 40th birthday. After messing around for a few years, I decided to use my experience and passion to teach children. That first day in my own classroom started changes to my life in ways I'd never dreamed. I've never regretted the decision. I still love hearing those words!  

What three words changed your life?