Dreams, Dreams, Dreams

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I dream about a kite flying in the sky,
The kite turns into a big, big butterfly,
The butterfly turns into an air balloon,
The balloon turns into a bright full moon.
The moon turns into a deep golden lake,
The lake turns into a golden coin, not fake,
The golden coin turns into my mother’s face,
“It’s time to wake up darling!”, she sweetly says.

 

©Ledia Bostic

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Goal!!!!!

Photo courtesy of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:JukoFFBrazil v Mexico: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

 

10 Fun Thoughts About My World Cup 2014

The two favorite recent words of my 16 month old daughter are “Goal!” and “No!” I don’t let her watch TV but this World Cup found me, as a stay home mom so I can stay home and enjoy all the games for the first time in 15 years. Mmmmm, life is good, isn’t it? Here are 10 thoughts about World Cup 2014.

1. Ideally, I would prefer to be in Europe or another country that is fond of football or how here in America people call it: Soccer! I had to google for places that show the games in Las Vegas where in Europe you find huge screens and people watching the games outside like you are in a stadium. Almost every coffee shop or bar will show the games and if the games are late at night and you want to go to a club, you can still dance and watch the game at the same time!

2. I live in a neighborhood with lots of Mexicans but I haven’t heard anyone so far screaming, “Goal!” and run outside in the front yard greeting the other neighbor.

3. I was surprised though how many Americans watched the game, USA-Ghana, cheering for their home team. I cheered for USA of course!

4. My husband had no clue of soccer before he met me, but now he text messages me to know about the score of each game and hear my thoughts about every game! I feel like a sport journalist! I would have become a good one!

5. For the first time, my thoughts about almost every game are the similar to my dad’s. He used to be a soccer player and he always thought I watched the games because of good looking guys, but who is the expert now?

6. Smaller teams are doing a phenomenal job and I never underestimated them because I have seen smaller teams rise and big teams fall. Don’t be surprised! It happens in soccer! I have been a fan all of my life and I can testify to this! Brazil can be beaten by Mexico, and Italy can almost always win against England and loose with Chile.

7.Commercials during World Cup are sooo good! Here are the links of two of my favorite ones!

Commercial 1

Commercial 2

8.I like the competition during the World Cup but also I like the atmosphere of togetherness that joins people from different countries. I get super competitive when my favorite team plays. Sometimes I need a break because I feel like I’ll have a heart attack and believe me, this is normal among soccer fans, males or females!

9. I said at the beginning that I don’t let my daughter watch TV but I keep it on during a game and it just so happens that she is not taking a nap. My beliefs about kids not spending a long time watching TV haven’t changed but it’s ok if she sees her mommy have it on for a soccer game. I want to create traditions for her and World Cup is on my list.

10. Which is my favorite team? America…or…ITALY? Well, now that I’m married to an American and live in USA, of course I cheer for them to win. Also, if USA does win, or even makes it close to the final match, soccer will be more popular and that means more people will like it and they’ll show it more on TV. I thought it strange that during the opening of the World Cup Ceremony, ESPN was showing golf. Really? Anyway, the team that I have cheered on since a little girl, and since Albania never made it into a World Cup, is Italy!!!! Vai Italia! Why Italy? Maybe I’ll write in another post if you are interested!

 

©Ledia Bostic

The Portrait of a Father

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He gave up his dreams when he called me his

He started to see the world in this new bright bliss

He named me and kissed me and held me in his arms

He saw his wife become the best of all moms.

 

He treasured every moment we spent together

He said: I’ll always be your dad, every day, forever!

He held me on his shoulders at every soccer game

As long as I admired him, he didn’t search for fame.

 

He worked hard everyday, got blisters on his hands

I thought that was gross, I didn’t understand

On almost every birthday, he bought me new shoes

They were red and shiny, exactly what I’d choose.

 

He brought people home and animals in need

We didn’t have much but had enough to eat

He taught me to believe that love can break the ice

He taught me to see through other people’s eyes.

 

He taught me the toughest ones sometimes cry alone

He doesn’t talk much when he’s on the phone

But he gives the biggest smile that a man can be

And gives the biggest hug that is only for me.

 

As years have gone through and we have grown up

We live in great distance as shown on the map

You are deep in my heart where you should always be

In memories of mine, in my love, you live next to me.

 

©Ledia Bostic

 

 

 

 

Two Lessons That Affect Your Whole Life

 

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I was sending a text message to my husband when he was at work and I was saying how much I appreciate what he does and I respect him very much for working so hard for his family.

What I get back from him was a text message saying: “I love you too!”

“Ok babe, really?!” – I thought, “I didn’t say any I love you in that message, Why don’t you read carefully?”

When he came home, I told him jokingly how he never reads my text messages right but he answered, “I read it and I felt so loved so I wanted to send you some love back.”

It is amazing what words can do. They can build up a man, form a beautiful relationship, they can bring love to you but they also can destroy many. In the end just like the author of the “Book Thief” says, “We are our words.”

Here’s two lessons for today:

1. Respect and tell the men in your life how much you respect what they do and they will give you back LOVE. It’s a man thing! Show some RESPECT, get some LOVE! I’ve read a whole book about this and I agree!

 

2. Be careful what you say and how, because like Bible says in Proverbs 

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and healthy to the body.”

Words have so much power on us. Since we were little we remember the words that helped us like or dislike ourselves, be strong or insecure. Also, people who like to get into fights with others a lot suffer physically too because of stress, being trouble minded and unforgiveness.

So, if you want to be healthy, exercise the kind words in your vocabulary!