repeat until all gone

April 26th, 2011

On Sunday evening, my daughter looked up from the sofa and told me she was going to write a blog post. Seeing it later, I wondered if she was reading my mind. She was no doubt reading her own mind, consoling that restless uncertainty that surfaces in the spring. Maybe the bunny brings us fluff to buffer the bumps ahead: the transitions, the spurts, the sudden endings and the fits. Things are changing all around and in-between us, and I can scarcely steal a kiss. I smiled when I saw how she straddles her precarious age, savoring one piece of  kiddie candy before wrapping herself in the shiny gloss she lets us see.

She makes me happy enough already, but you might need some excellent advice from a girl who knows her happy.

Recipe for Happiness
by Georgia Miller

Feeling blue? Need a boost? These easy-to-follow steps will make you feel a whole lot better.
10 M&Ms
1 Hershey’s Kiss
Bath Salt (Optional)
Facial Scrub

Step 1- Take your 10 M&Ms in your hand and pop one in your mouth, but don’t chew it. Suck on it until it melts in your mouth. Repeat until they are all gone.

Step 2- Either do the same with the Hershey’s Kiss or start taking minuscule bites out of the tip until you finish.

Step 3- Slip into the tub or, if you prefer the shower, “jump” in. Make sure the water is comfortably warm. If you’re in the tub, pour in 1 ½ tsp of scented bath salt. If you’re in the shower, use a loofah to rub scented soap (I like the French liquid soap from Trader Joe’s) all over your body.

Step 4- Rub facial scrub on your face and leave it on for 5-7 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and a soft washcloth.

I hope these four steps helped you feel happy and relaxed!

-Georgia : D

She’s inspired to write because she is reading Karen Benke’s Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing.

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  1. Thanks Georgia!
    Happy Day <3

    Comment by Theresa — April 26, 2011 @ 11:59 am

  2. She is also, no doubt, inspired by her mom.

    Comment by Joanna — April 26, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

  3. I love the real writing of children. I got a letter today from a second grade student that said, “I wonder how much you are teaching us?”
    I wonder that too.

    Comment by Nova — April 26, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  4. Someday I hope I can connect with you face-to-face. Would also love for our 11-year-old daughters to connect too. Mine is Meredith Rose and also loves to write. I will have to get the book you suggested for her.

    If Georgia Grace would like a fellow writer penpal, send me an email and we can “introduce” them to one another.


    Comment by playcrane — April 26, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  5. I think Georgia just planned my next Mom’s Time to Herself session. A sweet girl with sweet advice.

    Comment by Anne — April 26, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

  6. Georgia, girl after my own heart, what brilliant advice you give! I plan on cooking up a big batch of happiness with your wonderful recipe! xo

    Comment by Connie Assadi — April 26, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  7. My goodness, she is happy (and very wise!).

    Comment by Christine @ Coffees & Commutes — April 26, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

  8. Finally, a family member who writes clear advice that gets to the point without riddles! Thanks, Georgia.

    Comment by Neil — April 26, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  9. Good advice Mademoiselle Georgia. I love the happiness I find in M&M peanuts so could I substitute those? By the way I love the name Georgia. I hope you will keep writing, I think you are very good indeed.


    Comment by Bobbi — April 26, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

  10. Georgia says: “Thanks and enjoy!” That, and she would like an invitation to France.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — April 26, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

  11. I love this! You must be so proud of her. Georgia is certainly a wise girl. My favorite part was the smiley face next to her name. That brought a smile to my face.

    Comment by Annie — April 27, 2011 @ 2:44 am

  12. It’s law here. Anyone named Georgia whose mama is a Zen priest gets invited to France!


    Comment by Bobbi — April 27, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

  13. I’m sitting here in my living room with tears and a wide open heart…Georgia, I adore your recipe for happiness and I love that you wrote your very own blog post. My nine-year-old has taken a great interest in my blog and has done a few little posts of her own.

    You & your Momma are quite a pair.

    Sending love to both of you,


    Comment by julia — April 28, 2011 @ 8:12 am

  14. Great post, Georgia!

    Comment by Britt Bravo — April 29, 2011 @ 7:24 am

  15. What a marvelous cook! Great recipe, Georgia. I’m going to go make it right now.

    Comment by Jean Breheney — May 8, 2011 @ 10:19 am

  16. What a jaunty and impressive piece of writing! I particularly like the quotes around the word “jump.” Thanks, Georgia!

    Comment by Max Daniels — May 11, 2011 @ 7:38 am

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