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They taught me how to be happy

They taught me how to be happy

My mum and dad were such lovely generous, sweet hearted people. They both showed me how to be happy in how they lived.

Dad taught me to laugh a lot, be giving and surround myself with friends.

Mum taught me to find joy and peace in the simple things in life; in kind deeds, in flowers, books and family.

I miss them so much.


They taught me how to be happy

But they taught me to be happy and that has given me a truly lovely life no matter what has happened. How did they do that? Well mum taught me to be kind to my friends and also to everyone I met. She  was a wise woman and realized that kindness made everyone happy, how right she was…living with peace in your heart is such a lovely thing.

Dad knew how to relax and have fun, he would laugh and laugh, he would express his feelings and not bottle them up inside.  he would indulge his interests, exercise well and eat well,,, a really good lesson for me and one, that when I stick to makes me feel good well and happy.

I was completely blessed to have my mum and dad.

My guardian angels and such fabulous examples of how to be happy form 2 very different perspectives

 how to be happy

Sue & Johnny Goddard, 1995 – They taught me how to be happy



  1. Kanchan @ The Intrepid Misadventurer
    May 2, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    What a lovely post! I firmly believe that when parents leave behind children who feel they can find happiness in the world despite every hard thing, there’s a job well done! They’ll always be a part of you, you only have to look inward and they’ll be there. I love the pic you’ve used…they look like such happy people! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll were blessed to have each other and share the love you did. Loved your post…and ‘felt’ it at a very personal level. xx

  2. May 2, 2014 / 6:23 am

    Such a beautiful post Becky, a real testament to what wonderful people your parents were – and how much of their beauty they passed down to you xx

    • becky
      May 4, 2014 / 6:14 am

      Thank you Ruth what a lovely thing to say

  3. May 1, 2014 / 10:08 pm

    How great to have such memories!

  4. Jane @ northernmum
    May 1, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Simply beautiful x

    • becky
      May 4, 2014 / 6:15 am

      Ah not always…but a lot of the time Anya!

  5. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    May 1, 2014 / 6:53 pm

    Amazing photo, amazing parents =) #thegallery

  6. Kirsty
    May 1, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    Your happiness is a wonderful legacy. I love the photograph, you are such a warm, kind and generous spirit and that comes through in their picture too x

    • becky
      May 4, 2014 / 6:15 am

      Bless you Kirsty I would say the same about you

  7. Trish
    May 1, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    As a parent, that’s what I would want my child to say about me. Your parents did a wonderful job if you can look back and feel blessed.

    • becky
      May 4, 2014 / 6:16 am

      They did indeed

  8. May 1, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    What a lovely post Becky!So lovely to hear about your parents!

  9. May 1, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    As you described what they had taught you, I was nodding, as they you really are all of those things. Beautiful post. x

  10. Mary Key
    May 1, 2014 / 12:11 pm

    And given how wonderful you are – they must have been remarkable people to have produced you! Sending a huge hug through the internet x x x x

    • becky
      May 4, 2014 / 6:16 am

      Hugging you back lovely Mary

  11. May 1, 2014 / 11:24 am

    How lucky you were, to have had two such wonderful people in your life. And, you know what? Their legacy lives on in you because you’re also one of the nicest people I know. Much love to you.


  12. May 1, 2014 / 10:13 am

    What a wonderful pair. Knowing you, they did a fabulous job raising you. x

  13. Michelle
    May 1, 2014 / 10:12 am

    This was really, really beautiful. And the photos as well, so charming, what a lovely moment caught. I hope my daughter can say such things about me one day! x

    • becky
      May 4, 2014 / 6:16 am

      Oh I hope my daughter can too Michelle!

  14. Alexander Residence
    May 1, 2014 / 9:17 am

    Oh Becky, they so live on through you, the way you tell their stories is magical, just like the look in your Dad’s eye there, your Mum looks bowled over! You make the pictures come alive ๐Ÿ™‚ BIG HUG xxx

  15. May 1, 2014 / 8:50 am

    What a lovely post, and a really lovely photo. They sound like they were wonderful people x

  16. May 1, 2014 / 8:40 am

    So beautiful, they taught you so much, I hope that I can pass those qualities to my children

  17. May 1, 2014 / 8:32 am

    That’s lovely Becky, I feel the same and have always been really close to both my parents. My dad has looked after my children every Monday since 2004. He is going to be lost when Erin starts school and he is redundant from the post of childminder!

  18. Debbie
    April 30, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    A beautiful post.
    My memories are that my dad always wanted me to do well, my mum to be happy- and I have always felt blessed with my ‘ying and yang’.
    A wonderful way to appreciate ‘happy’ #thegallery

    • becky
      May 4, 2014 / 6:17 am

      Yes balance is a good thing x

  19. Life at the Little Wood
    April 30, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Oh this is so lovely! Your parents sound like such special people xx #thegallery

    • becky
      May 4, 2014 / 6:17 am

      Thankyou I hope so

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