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You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep
Cause they’d fill the open air
And leave tear drops everywhere
You’d think me rude but I would just stand and
Stare

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns, slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
Cause everything is never as it seems

Cause I’d get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach my how to dance
A foxtrot above my head
A sock-hop beneath my bed
The disco ball is just hanging by a thread
(Thread, thread…)

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns, slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
Cause everything is never as it seems
(When I fall asleep)

Leave my door open just a crack
(Please take me away from here)
Cause I feel like such an insomniac
(Please take me away from here)
Why do I tire of counting sheep?
(Please take me away from here)
When I’m far too tired to fall asleep
(Ha-ha)

To ten million fireflies
I’m weird cause I hate goodbyes
I got misty eyes as they said farewell
(Said farewell)
But I’ll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar
(Jar, jar, jar…)

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns, slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
Cause everything is never as it seems
(When I fall asleep)

I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns, slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
Because my dreams are bursting at the seams

This song is just so wonderful. Last night I saw the first fireflies of the season. I was out for a walk on a much needed study break, and I saw them. And it made me so, indescribably happy.

When I was little, I used to travel with my mom and sisters to come visit grandma and grandpa over the summers. We don’t get fireflies in Washington (like tornadoes, but that’s a different story) so it was always a lot of fun to run around with a mason jar and catch them, and then watch the “stars” we’d captured.

I’m staying in Monmouth for the summer, and I’m looking forward to many more nights full of fireflies.

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My grandma used to write songs for everyone on their birthday. My name, being Melissa Jane, matched up well with the song “Eliza Jane.”

Here’s my song:

We’ve got a girl, we love her so..
Melissa…Melissa…
We’ve got a girl, we love her so..
Little Melissa Jane..

Oh Melissa…Little Melissa Jane..
Oh Melissa…Little Melissa Jane..
With rosebud cheeks and eyes so blue…
Turned up nose and dimples too..
Oh Melissa…Little Melissa Jane..

I think this is one of the perfect examples of how loving my grandma was. She wrote songs for everyone. Personally, I think mine’s the best…But that’s just me.

I miss my grandma. Spokane isn’t the same without her.

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Yellow

At the dawn of 2010 (okay, maybe a few days after…) I made three resolutions:

1. Be more badass.*
2. Be more of a free thinker. (Roughly..I can’t put what it really is for fear of losing friends)
3. Wear more color.

This is about resolution #3. Yesterday I wore mostly black, with a pink headband. Today I wore the most fabulous yellow skirt that I found over break.

It’s amazing how much of an effect the color you wear has on your general disposition! Somehow, when you’re wearing yellow, the world seems sunnier. Like everything has suddenly gotten brighter. When I’m wearing yellow, it doesn’t matter if I feel lonely, or if I’m mad at someone, or if my tummy hurts. It doesn’t matter if I didn’t do my reading and we have a quiz. It doesn’t matter if the cafeteria food is sub-par (which it usually is), or if I have to eat alone, because I’m wearing yellow and I look fabulous.

Does anyone else feel this way? What color do you feel brighter in?

*Borrowed from Allison Lindsay.

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Happiness is a State of Mind

So your car won’t start, the weather is too cold, you didn’t get asked to do something, someone said something that upset you, you don’t like where you are, and the cafeteria food sucks! Should you whine about it? Will that do anything to make it any better?

A book I read last year (for a class that taught me more about myself than I really cared to learn, but more on that later), suggested that people have something called a painbody. This painbody is an energy inside of you that thrives on negativity. And it needs to be fed. Often. And more often than not, people feed it. A lot. And once your painbody takes over, it is really hard to let it go. Really hard.

The main idea behind the painbody is that people choose to be upset. You can choose to be upset, or you can choose to be happy. It really is that simple. Most of the time, when things are going right, you don’t have to work to hard to choose to be happy. But it always seems like when things go wrong, things go REALLY wrong and it’s not usually one thing, it’s everything! But is everything really going wrong? Or does it just seem like everything’s going wrong? Or are we choosing to believe that everything’s going wrong? It may just be your painbody wreaking havoc on your emotions.

So if it seems like everything’s going wrong and life is spiraling out of control, take a step back and really think about it. Why does it seem like this? Are you letting your painbody take over, or can you choose to be happy?

As my little sister, Krissy, says, “You can choose to be happy, or you can choose to be upset. If you’re upset, do something about it! Choose to be happy. Make your own happiness. Happiness is a state of mind.”

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