E, I found out, is a hard letter. I had to think long and hard about E words that make me mad or sad. Elephant kept coming to mind. Elephants are extraordinary animals, but they don’t really make me happy or glad, or mad or sad…..they are just so darn BIG!
Okay, finally I’ve come up with a few ugly E words….Egotist. I do not like egotistical people, people who have an exaggerated sense of self-importance. I do like a person who is confident and sure of themselves as long as they don’t cross that fine line into egotism.
Earthquakes… I don’t think anyone likes this word. I live in a part of the country that has had very few and very very mild earthquakes so it is hard for me to really relate, but I have watched the devastation that earthquakes cause, and it definitely makes me very very sad.
Economy…the state of ours….a sad sad situation. This could also be a good word, but I haven’t equated it to happiness for quite some time now.
Okay, let’s get to the good E words, the ones I love, the ones that make me smile, make me happy. First of all, I am going to say EVERYBODY I LOVE. You know who you are so consider yourself included here. The reason I say this is because it hit me this morning that if I start using people’s names in this series, it will totally devour all of my happy words. (Yeah, I remember that I used Brenda in my B word article.) I told myself that I would have to make a new rule not to use anyone’s name as one of my alphabet words. But right now, and only this time, I am going to break my own rule because I have to mention two E’s that are so so special to me….my grandchildren, Ethan and Emily. Ethan is 12, my techno-genius, and Emily is 9, going on 16, my girlie girl. I do love them both dearly.
For my final E word, (and while I am breaking my new rule) I am going to use another name that makes me smile….Ella, my friend. I can hardly call her Ella because all throughout our childhood, she was Ella Jane. Remember, I am from the south, and we use double names a lot. Ella Jane and I went all through elementary and high school together.
Ella Jane is an inspiration to me. She is a seven-year breast cancer survivor and since her own bout with this horrendous disease, Ella Jane has worked tirelessly to help raise awareness, and help raise money to find a cure.
Ella Jane’s group, called Ella’s Angels, participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to that Ella Jane visits with other breast cancer patients during their journey through radiation and chemotherapy. I am sure she has comforted hundreds of other patients and has given them tremendous hope as they fight their own battles.
Ella Jane is a happy, vibrant, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who is on a mission, a mission to wipe out another ugly E word…enemy, the enemy of breast cancer. And I know one day, that enemy will be defeated, and we will all be winners thanks to people like my friend, Ella Jane.