Sunny-Side Down

You are my sunshine,  my only sunshine

You make me happy when skies are grey

You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you

Please don’t take my sunshine away

A dark amber cloud covered the sun as mom and I walked arm and arm to the car for our drive to her adult daycare.

The sun looked like it had developed a cataract overnight and seemed old, dull and dim.

It looked as though it was having trouble getting enough light for itself, much less for our planet.

I asked mom what she thought of the sun and she said, “It’s just upside down. That’s what happens when it’s upside down.”

“Upside down?” I asked. “How did it get upside down?”

“God did it,” she answered.

“How did God do it?” I asked.

“Only God knows,” she said.

Then she added in a whisper, “God told me the the secret.”

“Pray tell, what’s the secret, mom?” I asked.

“Well, God told me … but I didn’t know what he said, because it was all in Spanish.”

I swear, at that exact moment, the cloud cover above us narrowed and the sun winked at me!

About Tom Laughon

Tom Laughon (Pronounced Lawn) is President of Catch Your Limit, an organization whose sole purpose is to guide and grow leaders. His journey from lead singer in a rock-n-roll band, to a successful career in marketing & advertising to consultant, strategist, keynote speaker, facilitator, professor and writer is a fascinating one. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Tom and his team guide organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to national associations, to "catch their limit" in areas such as leadership development, creativity, innovation, teaming and transformational change. His commitment to "practice what he preaches" has made Catch Your Limit a petri dish for round-the-clock discovery and learning. The firm's brand reflects Tom's personal brand: Fun, Inspirational, Strategic & Hot!

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  1. Just an FYI – I love your mom!! What a wise woman and she absolutely adores you and the fact that YOU are taking care of her and not a nursing home. Thank you for doing that for her. We had to put my mom in a nursing home when I couldn’t lift her any longer and it was the worst day of my life. She was in there for maybe a 1 1/2 years and then she passed away but she touched hearts while she was there. I never want to have to do that again and I will not! So thank you for being a wonderful son and taking care of your mom!



    • Tonja: Thanks for your kind words! Moms are extra special humans and mine absolutely helped influence, shape and support who I am for which I will be forever grateful. Plus she’s a laugh a minute!



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