☀️ Celebrating Sisterhood & Old Age

AND Sharing Matching Heart Surgery Scars

Inhale the present, exhale the past.

Now, let your breath guide you back to the present moment, where peace and mindfulness reside.

Thank you for reading today’s edition of Grateful Gazette 😌

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Here’s what to know for Monday:

  • Two Taiwanese grandmothers became Oscar stars

  • Officers and Samaritan save man from subway tracks

  • Florida student and teacher share matching heart surgery scars


Chang Li Hua, 86, and Yi Yan Fuei, 97, are two grandmothers who've traded feeling "old and useless" for the glitz and glam of the Oscars.

“This whole thing feels like a dream,” Sean Wang, grandson, chuckles. “I mean, I’m just here watching my grandmas steal the show while I’m chilling on the sidelines. And now we’re gearing up for the Oscars? Pinch me, seriously!”

Wang's documentary, "Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó," shines a spotlight on the dynamic duo, who aren’t just relatives – they're besties, confidantes, and partners in crime. 

Think Thelma and Louise, but with much more wisdom and a little less driving off cliffs.

From walking the red carpet to rubbing shoulders with A-listers, these ladies are living their best lives, decked out in custom Rodarte and strutting their stuff like they own the place.

And can we talk about their viral reaction to the Oscar nod? Pure gold.

But behind the glitz and glamour lies a story of resilience and laughter.

Through Wang's lens, we get a glimpse into the everyday adventures of Yi and Chang – from morning exercises to impromptu dance parties, they're the epitome of life goals.

Sure, the documentary tackles some heavy stuff, like family and mortality, but it's also full of laughs. 

I mean, who knew a couple of grandmas could throw down with fart jokes and whiskey bottle chugs? Classic.

Anything is possible if these two can steal the spotlight at the Oscars. Who runs the world? Grandmas, obviously.

🌙 Odysseus overcame technical glitches to land on the moon

🪀 Richmond shuts down streets to create safe and fun spaces for kids

🧠 Brain pacemaker changes the life of a woman with severe depression

🏡 Clackamas County reduced homelessness by 65% in one year

🚉 NYPD officers and a good samaritan rescue man from subway tracks

A special bond formed between a 6-year-old student and her kindergarten teacher at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida.

It’s all thanks to matching scars from their open-heart surgeries.

Kennedy Vogt and her teacher, Carlene Honor Destiny, seemed to stitch their lives together from the moment they met.

Kennedy overcame an unexpected heart defect and returned to her cartwheels and crayons in no time. Ms. Honor is not just an awesome teacher but also a heart warrior herself.

Their connection was instant.

Kennedy's mom lovingly calls them "tough cookies," and rightly so! They strutted their stuff at the American Heart Association Heart Walk, proving that scars don't define you; they just add character.

Heart issues in kids may not be common, but they happen.

It's all about knowing the signs and not ignoring those little red flags your body might be waving at you.

We’re so amazed that these two tough cookies could find each other in life and share such a unique bond, though, because it makes the journey feel less lonely.

They’ll share this connection for the rest of their lives.

Got a scary doctor's appointment coming up? No sweat; I've got you covered with some tips to help you chill out.

First up, deep breathing—it's like a magic trick for your nerves.

Inhale slowly, count to four, then exhale. Repeat and feel the calm setting in. It's simple, but oh boy, does it work!

Next, bring a buddy.

Having a friend or family member there can be a huge comfort. They can chat with you, hold your hand, or just be there as your personal cheerleader.

Distract yourself.

Bring a book, listen to your favorite tunes, or play a game on your phone. Before you know it, you'll be like, "Wait, was I nervous?"

And hey, remember, it's totally okay to tell the doctor you're nervous.

They're there to help, not just with your health, but with making you feel at ease too.

Doctor's appointments can be a breeze with a little prep and positivity.

- Thank you for reading Grateful Gazette. Remember to breathe deeply to bring your mind back to your body 💜

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