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By Jackie Madden Haugh

As a bit woman, Jackie Madden Haugh used to be taught through her mom and dad that there have been kinds of heartbeats: person who served because the lifestyles strength in the actual body, sending blood and oxygen to all elements of the physique, and one other that resided within the spirit, a paranormal pulse that nourished the soul. yet, it wasn't till Jackie turned a caregiver to either her mom and dad of their declining years, and suffered via a divorce, that she came upon the genuine strategy to feed the soul was once via residing a lifestyles in consistent gratitude. Being grateful for the entire wonders in lifestyles is simple, that takes no attempt. yet, while we are appreciative for the demanding situations and heartbreaks thrown our means, for these are our classes, we are lead down the winding highway to our nice turning into; who we have been born to be. 75 Beats to a cheerful Heart are common inspirational, humorous, and gentle brief tales from Jackie's column within the Los Altos city Crier. by way of searching for pleasure within the minutia of her days; these special...

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My father chose to conduct his field in endless appreciation. With his soul’s vibration constantly humming a joyful tune, he managed to find the bright side, even in the most disappointing moments. Perhaps that was his final lesson. He certainly learned it well. Every little girl wants to grow up to be just like their mommy, especially if they’re beautiful, adoring, funny, and magnetic. But as the years passed, I began to see that despite the fact I carried several of my mother’s wonderful attributes, I was truly my father’s daughter.

Whenever I hear “I know you,” I’m immediately pulled back to the 1970s, where I spent far too many nights disco dancing on the table at our local bar. Of course, as a mature woman of fifty-seven, I no longer do such crazy things. But when those words are thrown in my direction, my first instinct is to fear that I’ll be forced to relive some embarrassing moment I’ve tried to expunge from my mind. “You taught my daughter dance ten years ago,” she said with a smile. Whew! Instantly, the tension in my gut subsided as we chatted about her child, the then and the now, and the issues with growing older as our children leave the family nest.

Seeing the desperately disappointed look in my eyes, my mother wrapped her one free arm around her only daughter as she cradled their new so-called bundle of joy in the other. “I’m sorry, honey,” she tried to soothe. “It is what it is. ” And with that, she placed Michael in my arms. It wasn’t long before I realized how right she was. I fell in love instantly with my baby brother, completely forgetting I ever even wanted a sister. As the years wove in and out of the family loom, my Mom’s mantra constantly sang as if it were a broken record in the background.

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