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Monday, December 11, 2023

Off the Shelf — Hola! from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


Last fall while attending the Infant Welfare Society fundraiser with my Mom and sisters, I purchased a raffle ticket. Usually I tend to write my children’s and husband’s names on any raffle tickets I purchase since they have way better luck than I do. But this time I wrote down my name, dropped it in the barrel, walked away and forgot about it.

I was quite surprised to receive a text later from one of my sisters telling me I had won a trip to Mexico.

So here I am with my husband, Chuck, and youngest son, Kevin. We have had an amazing time snorkeling, jet skiing, and walking around town. The people have been incredibly friendly from the hotel staff to the taxi drivers to the tour guides. The ocean is beautiful and just steps from our room, which comes in handy when one dreams of reading a book to the sound of waves crashing on the shore.

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Kevin brought along a copy of Robert M. Hazen’s book, “The Story of Earth-The First 4.5 Billion Years, From Stardust to Living Planet,” to read on the trip. I am hoping it has a happy ending. He will be starting high school this month which will limit the amount of time he will soon have to read for pleasure.

In the evenings, I have been reading books loaded on my Kindle. During the day, I have been reading a paperback copy of Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project.” I am enjoying her quotes from the many sources she used in researching her book. Yet it is her fascination with Saint Therese that has also caused me to strive to be a better person.

She said: “Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by … every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions of love.”

May you find happiness with each deed you do.

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Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan is a Naperville resident, wife, mother of five, and acknowledged bookaholic. Contact her at mary_corrigan@sbcglobal.net.


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