|Home for the Holidays|
Remembering my Pop Pop Mullins on this day. A true Navy man, in it for life. He served onboard one of the ships at Pearl Harbor and made it to shore safely. One of the lucky ones. So while I am proud of him for his service to our country, I also remember a Pop Pop who served his family, friends and strangers here on American soil.
He was a gregarious fella, always greeting others with the brightest of smiles where the corners of his mouth, spread from cheek to cheek. He called the lassies “Sissy Girl” as a term of endearment. Put my Pop Pop in a crowd of strangers and 30 minutes later, he has made everyone his best friend. He was above all else human and he had his dark side which for me as a grandchild, was not as apparent, then say, for his children. He was well respected by his fellow servicemen and officers and retired with honors. And he treated my Mom Mom with respect, always holding doors for her, helping in the kitchen and there when she needed him. Those were the later years and maybe he was making up for all the time that he was away in the Navy. But I could see that he loved her and all of us, loud grandchildren clamoring over their quiet house.
So while I think of the holiday season, I think of my Pop Pop Mullins – Paul B. Mullins. By the way, they had the very first pink artificial tree that I ever saw, and boy oh boy, I could sit in front of it all day long.
Supported Heart Opener
Benefits: gently stretches the lower back, nice transition from day to relaxation, good to counteract effects of hunching over a computer all day and lengthens the spine.
Props: 1-2 triple fold blankets or bolster, neck roll and eye pillow
Modify as needed with a chair or in a straddle position.
Heart Opener (Minimal Prop)
Props: blanket folded
Benefits: supports breathing, stretching the chest and shoulders, releases low back, can provide energy for someone lethargic
Fold a blanket over so that it is comfortable under the bra line. Shoulders should be rolling onto the floor. Arms can stretch out to the sides, palms up or come into goddess arms, as shown. Support under wrists and behind cervical spine.