Joy defined

January 19, 2009

A Facebook friend of mine posted some videos this past weekend that touched my heart.

He’s the guy in California who was widowed, had some months of deep loneliness, knew for sure he wanted to remarry and have kids, and did so. Today, he has two young girls and a very happy marriage. He is one of the nicest people I know.

Apparently, he’s in a Dad’s Group, and they all took their kids on a snow trip near Tahoe, to ski and sled. The videos he posted on his Facebook page were of the girls in the snow, with him cheering them on as they skiied or sledded.

The wide grin on his face, the excitement and joy in his voice as he encouraged them down the run were so touching (especially knowing his story) that they made me both smile and tear up. This is so clearly a man in love with his family and not at all self-conscious about it.

The videos are just beautiful and I’ve watched them several times just to enjoy his joy. He’s the kind of guy whose company you want to be in just to be enveloped in and catch some of that happiness.

It’s great to know that his life is so good now. I’m just sorry that I won’t be able to have that coffee with him in California any time soon and bask in his glow.

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