This right here is how I see Miss Ruth.  She’s always there to cheer someone else on no matter what is going on in her own life.

I don’t know that I always manage to pull it off but I do have my moments.  The boys don’t often get me to camp with them for good reason.  On one scout camp out, a huge thunderstorm struck during the night.  Several camp grounds were evacuated but not ours although in the morning we saw how the wind had twisted the dining fly (think tent without walls).  Skirting the sides, I discovered that the camp box with the stove, coffee and doughnuts was unscathed.  Soon the scout master and I had coffee going and breakfast (doughnuts) set out for the crew.

The camp director couldn’t believe we were all in a good mood but seriously?  Coffee and doughnuts?  I almost never get doughnuts so I was happy.  And once we were fed, we got to work.

Sure, it would have been easy to be gloomy.  It always storms when they talk me into going camping.  Or the temperature drops below freezing.  I can focus on that or I can focus on friends and fun with the kids.

I’m not as good at it as Miss Ruth but sometimes I do manage to bring along a little sunshine.