Thursday, February 11, 2016

High Hopes

Laverne and Shirley is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976, to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney. They were best friends, single and roommates who worked as bottlecappers in a fictitious Milwaukee brewery called Shotz Brewery in the 1950s. They coped with disappointing dates, nerdy neighbors, and disappointed dreams.

What I liked about the show was Laverne and Shirley were always there for each other whether they agreed with their friends' choices or not. I loved when one of them would go through a difficult time and the other would start singing the song High Hopes to encourage the other to live their dream. 

That's what so surprised me when I was reading a book titled, "The Art of Getting Well" by David Spero. He talks about a lesson he learned from an adopted plant--a rubber tree plant.

It had grown up in a dim corner so that it had grown twisted from trying to reach sunlight. It became so crocked, it kept toppling over. Fighting gravity left it infected with fungi and mold. David took it to a nursery for diagnosis and they told him to throw it away.

Diagnosed with MS and scoliosis, David could somehow relate to the twisted bends of the sickly plant, so he took it home and stripped it of all leaves except one. He washed it down with an anti-fungal liquid, placed it in a lighted spot and supported its curvy trunk.

For the first time, it had support...and love. Within three weeks it had big beautiful leaves.

Couldn't we all use a little support? Don't we all need a Laverne or Shirley to sing us High Hopes? I hope you have someone in your life that brightens your day.  If not, what are you doing to support yourself? Consider changes, big or small, that will bring you happiness and closer to your dreams.   

Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Humor, Suspense...and Dogs!
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Dog with Rubber Tree Copyright: isselee / 123RF Stock Photo
Book: The Art of Getting Well: A Five-step Plan for Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness by David Spero, R.N.

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