• maxwell ivey

    Hi susan and becc; how cool i am going to b the first to comment. I have met both of you and we are all part of the bloggers helping bloggers group on linked in. You ar two very special ladies. and now that I know both of you have done this blog hop I am mor excited about doing it myself next week. I don’t really remember any lucky items from when I was a kid. I moved so often that i lost a lot of trinkets and keepsakes so i got to where I didn’t get too attached to things. it is a great story. and i think i do a good job of noticing the positive and celebrating victories small and large. but there are those days where its hard to find the sunshine and you just have to be mor determined to find it. enjoy this time with your son. take care, max

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Isn’t it fabulous Max on those days where it is hard to find the sunshine when something so simple, so sweet and so pure just pops up to makes you appreciate yet another moment?

  • LydiaCLee

    I have a lucky charm for flying (seriously, I’m ocd on that one. I almost didn’t get on a plane because I left it in a hotel room). I don’t want to elaborate because people will think I’m nuts…but it works for me. I do love the way kids find any old cr*p and it becomes a sacred item.We have sticks, rocks and pine cones, and if you chuck them out, let me tell you, the whining goes on for weeks!

    • Rebecca Thompson

      As long as the charms work for the specified purpose it is worth it. Whatever works!

  • Jay

    There are so many lessons that can be learned from children but the problem is that adults think they are too good to learn from them. Good to see that there are other people who can put their pride aside and learn learn a lesson from where ever it show itself from. thanks for sharing.

  • Krystyna Lagowski

    Oh, that’s so incredibly sweet. He seems like a very smart and special young man. I have had many lucky charms, but the one that is most important to me is a piece of cutlery from my late mother, which dates back to her experiences during the war. I have it on my desk, and it always reminds me of her – and her strength.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Yes he is Krystyna, thank you for noticing 😉
      What a fabulous lucky charm you have and the value you have placed on it seems very appropriate.

  • Hi Becc. Nice to see you on Susan’s blog. I think we can all use a moment to see the world through a child’s eyes. Observing how children dance freely, jump for joy, or play with imaginary characters should serve as a reminder to find joy within.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Thank you Bill.
      It is easy to forget to find the joy within, but very nice when you have such lovely reminders.

  • Loved that one! Wise little soul you’ve got there. I was unwell for about a decade or so too at one time and in the long hard road back, I definitely found that the days when I lost hope drained me more than anything. The more positivity I could foster, the easier it was. Wishing you all the very best.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    Thank you for having me Susan. I love your beautiful illustrations you have added. I was hoping you would 😉

    • Aw, Rebecca, truly it is such a pleasure to have you here. Your story touched my heart as I know it will others. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    Hi Becc; i know what you mean. in our house most of those moments come from my crazy dog penny. my nephew seth sometimes provides his own sunshine. take care, max

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Your crazy dog Penny sounds rather interesting. I bet she provides her own share of blog inspiration as does Seth.

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Becc, it’s good to see you here. As a kid, I was a total believer in anything and everything. That magical feeling is so special. I’m trying to think, but I don’t think I really had a lucky charm as a child. However, part of really getting into writing (on the days when all is really flowing well) is when I can recapture a child-like sense of wonder and look at ordinary things anew.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Looking at ordinary things anew is a magical talent to have Jeri.

  • maxwell ivey

    seth ran the camera during an interview i did the other day with a new vendor that came to the house to demo their product. and penny is mor of a distraction than an inspiration. smile although i have written some of my better blog posts aftr petting penny first. take care, max

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Maybe the petting is your lucky habit?

  • Oh that’s a gorgeous way of looking at it. Kids are so good for that kind of thing; making us always see the positive. I need to be more childlike more of the time I think.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Jess, for the most part I think you do a great job of it – not that I am calling you a child!

  • Cheryl Therrien

    What a great story! Nice to see you here Becc! Oh to see the world through the eyes of a child…

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Thank you Cheryl. They really can teach us a great deal can’t they.

  • Catarina Alexon

    Cute story, Rebecca. Can’t help saying that we should not focus on the thorns of a rosehip bush but on the beautiful roses on it. Actually believe it says so in the Koran.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      That’s a lovely saying Catarina.

  • Paul Graham

    The Gold Coin is also great symbol for wise words and the connection with the Tooth Fairy is apt because often we must lose something in order to gain something else valuable. Good Story Rebecca and thanks to Susan for sharing

    • Rebecca Thompson

      I never thought of losing something in order to gain something else valuable. That puts a whole other spin on it Paul.

  • Your son sounds naturally upbeat! How wonderful. Hope we all catch a little of that. Happy to have you visiting Susan, Becc.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Yes Leora, I hope he hangs on to that for as long as possible.

  • There’s a kid in everyone of us. Sometimes, a lot of times, we just don’t think about it! Thanks for this uplifting story to remember to be grateful for even the smallest thing, every day.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      I am on a trip of gratefulness at the moment Patricia. It really is a great thing to be aware of.

  • I love the expression on your son’s face. You have created a memory with your child that is so special and he will never forget and will look back on his gold coins. These are precious moments we can never get back.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      That is for sure Arleen. I hope we do not forget it as time goes on. Well, I guess we can’t because now it is in writing.

  • We do learn so much from children. It is important to keep that in our mindset, because, after all, there is a child within us! When I see that happiness that comes from my granddaughter for little special things we share, my day is complete. Worries fade away and I am at one with her.

    Just like that picture of your son, the special lucky coin that made him feel special….we need to focus on that stuff more and more. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      You are welcome Donna. It always helps to be reminded, doesn’t it?

  • What a wonderful story. I don’t have anything that I have saved but there have been things in the past that I held on to as a lucky piece. Yes, if only we could all begin again and look at life as a child.

    Have a great day. Monna

  • Laurie Hurley

    Nice story, Becca. Yes, having two children, I know I have learned from them. One story that comes to mind is when my daughter turned five and was attending Montessori school for one year between Kindergarten and first grade. To celebrate birthdays, each child would get in the middle of the “circle” of children, hold a globe they made and tell everyone about their home. My child was adopted from China, so she drew what she thought was China and walked around the circle telling her classmates that she was the luckiest girl in the world because her mom (me) sailed all the way around the world to be her forever mom. I will never forget that. The other kids looked at her kind of confused and she said, “You came out of you mommy’s tummy so your mom is automatically your “forever mom.” Mine had to work to get me and earn that title. I laughed and cried – we didn’t sail to get her, we flew, of course, but she thought we took a slow boat to China.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      That is the most beautiful story Laurie. What a moment to cherish.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    Draining is a great word for it Jen. It always helps to look for any little sign to help you through 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Hey Susan,

    Thank you for introducing us to Becca and I loved the story she shared of her son and his lucky coin! How very special.

    I use to be reminded all the time of the innocence of children when my Dad visited MD Anderson for his checkups and appointments. All those innocent children walking around with IV’s in their arms. The thing is that I never once saw one child complain. To look at life through their eyes, even in that situation really makes you want to do and be better everyday.

    Ah, the innocence of children!


    • Rebecca Thompson

      I agree Adrienne, they really do make you want to do and be better everyday.

  • This is a terrific post. We do indeed need to take a step back and be more appreciative of the smaller things in life that have meaning, but perhaps little monetary value. Love the illustration of the tooth fairy. Cheery and insightful as usual.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      I thought the illustration was just gorgeous too Doreen 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    maybe but don’t tell penny. smile

    • Rebecca Thompson

      My lips are sealed Max!

  • Ah the innocence of childhood. Where did all of mine go? What we used to believe we could do and how everyone looked up to us. The loss of our childhood brings a sadness of reality. I think if parents can keep their kids believing it would definitely help them for success in the future.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      I hope I can help him to keep believing Mary, I really do.

  • crystal Ross

    This is such a sweet story! I have a lucky number 5 and it is the same lucky number as Coco Chanel. I used it on my sports jerseys in middle school. =)

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Anything to do with Coco Chanel can only be good.

  • Oh what a wonderful, sweet story I so liked it, made me feel good reading it

    • Rebecca Thompson

      I am glad Jo-Anne as that was definitely my intention 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    What an excellent story and even better philosophy on life. No surprise that a well loved child would have the right handle on things. 🙂

    • Rebecca Thompson

      That is such a lovely thing to say Debra.

  • Hey Rebecca,

    This was a great story and analogy. We can definitely learn a lot from kids. Sometimes we just have to slow down and take notice. Whenever I get those negative emotions, I start to turn my focus on what I’m passionate about and what I can look forward to. Whenever this happens those negative emotions dissipates in “thin air”.

    We have so much to have a passion for and to look forward to. Those negative vibes we get tend to block them, which blind us from all the blessings we already have and those to come. We just have to slow down and take notice so more blessings will come our way! Thanks Susan for introducing us to Rebecca. Have a great rest of the week!

    • Rebecca Thompson

      I am trying to slow down and take more notice Sherman. It certainly is a nicer way to live 🙂

  • Your post made me Nostalgic!! Gone are those good old days when i too had a number of lucky charms!

  • TeganMC

    Kids really do have a great outlook on life sometimes. I am constantly amazed by the things that Mr 4 comes out with. His observations sometimes feel wise beyond his years. If only we could keep tapped into that outlook on life.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      If we could tap into it Tegan, we would be two very rich people I think 😉

  • Jason Butler

    I used to have have a lucky charm when I was younger. Somehow I misplaced it.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      That is sad Jason. At least you have the memory of what it meant and how the luck came about.

  • Such a sweet story, and such a sweet-looking child. You are so blessed. You have been through so much with your illnesses I have to believe that having JT in your life has been therapeutic. I don’t have a special coin from my childhood. But I do have some memorable experiences — like getting a hug every morning from my kindergarten teacher back in the days when teachers could do that. That memory is as precious as a gold coin.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Oh Jeannette, he is my pride and joy. He shows me that regardless of my illnesses there is still so much wonder and happiness to enjoy.

  • This is definitely a sweet story with a great lesson as many people have already said. We all are lucky. We all are blessed everyday in so many ways. But, unfortunately, we usually choose to ignore them and only look at our problems at hand (“so called”). Thank you for sharing Becc!

    • Rebecca Thompson

      The blessing do tend to get swallowed up in day to day living Kumar. I am lucky I have some one to point the joy out for me 🙂

  • Lorraine Marie Reguly

    It’s funny how, so often, our children teach US lessons, isn’t it? 😉

    • Rebecca Thompson

      And we think we get wiser Lorraine….

  • Gorgeous post Becc. Agree with Lorraine below – our children teach us so many lessons each and every day. I have had a lucky charm for years. It’s a key ring and it comes with me evreywhere. x

    • Rebecca Thompson

      I like the idea of a key ring – maybe I should turn that coin into a key ring for the future. Now there is an idea 🙂

  • Terry Jago

    Great analogy. I do remember a lucky ” coin” that was really important to me because someone gave it to me. What a good way to honour that first tooth. We need to learn from the innocence of children

    • Rebecca Thompson

      It really was a lovely way to honour the first tooth Terry and gave me a fabulous memory to add to the joy.

  • Merle Gibbins

    Loved this story Susan and have connected with her. And yes great to see things through the eyes of a child. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Thank you Merle. I have also connected with you too 🙂

      • Merle Gibbins

        Thank you Rebecca, great to know you 🙂

  • What a sweet story. I didn’t have a lucky item as a child, but I certainly had my favorites. I remember asking for a nutcracker doll and hoping it would come alive like the beloved ballet. Such sweet innocence and imagination children have!

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Oh I love that – a nutcracker doll that would come alive. Jen, that would have been my favourite too.

  • Jon Jefferson

    I have a tin that I store coins and trinkets, gathered through the years.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      How often do you sift through them Jon? Do they bring a smile to your face?

  • Great Story, Rebecca 😀

    I can’t say much since I am only in my twenties (I don’t consider myself as an adult though. I think adults take life too seriously…life is challenging, but it can also be fun. We have to try and maintain that curiosity and wonder we had as children).

    Unfortunately, not many adults are good at that..they get so caught up in life, they forget to just enjoy it.

    As for lucky charms, well over the years I have had many ones (I remember doing things like wearing the same set of pants/shorts on exam days since I thought they were lucky).

    Sure, in reality, it might just be the belief..but that belief alone changed something; it gave me more confidence to write my exams!

    • Rebecca Thompson

      I haven’t grown up yet either Jeevan and I am just fine with that!

  • A lovely story and I do see each day as a golden opportunity to shine shine shine – because I can’t let myself get too worried about my prognosis and future. Looking through the eyes of my 7yr old twins certainly makes me smile.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Twins means you have double the opportunity to see the world in a different light and shine, shine, shine 🙂

  • Pat Amsden

    Such a great story Becca and so true. We need to see the good in life.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Thank you Pat. It is a much nicer world seen through the eyes of a child.

  • Mike

    What a great story, Becc! And I’m so glad Susan had you here. I think there are lessons every day to be learned through children. My “lucky charm” would be the watch bought me for high school graduation that I STILL wear to this day. I feel naked without it on my left wrist. The part about 2 steps forward…yes, please do focus on that, our friend. I’ve told you all along that you will prevail and overcome and I DO believe that in all my heart. Don’t forget to smile and laugh often…the best “medicine” ever 🙂

    • Rebecca Thompson

      The one thing I can control Mike is to smile and laugh often 🙂

  • Jacs Henderson

    What a beautifully touching story Becca – a child’s innocence and trust that a special coin can bring back the pleasure of being so excited and lucky.
    And as you go on to say, if we focus on the forward steps, and not the backward ones – we are re-creating those moments the special coin encapsulates.
    Having a solid item to remind us as adults does seem to help – it can be hard to remember the magic of innocence and trust as life throws us challenges – and I have to say that was a delightful tale of JT and his part in your journey from sickness to sensational.
    Thank you 🙂
    and thank you Susan for introducing us to Becca

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Thank you Jacs. JT continually inspires me on my journey. I am one very lucky girl 🙂

  • Niekka McDonald

    How cute is this! I have some that I have loved from the day I got it. It is a cedar keep sake box that my grandfather bought for me when I was younger. I still have it and it still smells like cedar. I was one of favorite things and I still cherish it.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      That box sounds gorgeous Niekka. I love that you have kept it and that is still has the cedar smell. Smells can evoke such lovely memories as does the item itself.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    There is nothing stopping us now Monna 🙂

  • Rebecca Thompson

    You can still make anything a lucky charm Tuhin 🙂

  • What a totally gorgeous story Becc xx

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Thank you Sonia. Gorgeous like Mr4 himself 🙂

  • Rita @ The Crafty Expat

    What a lovely story Becc. There are definitely many things to learn from children if we only take the time and listen.

    • Rebecca Thompson

      Thank you Rita, it was such a lovely moment.