The Moment, photo by Angela.


“When was the last time you cried happy tears?”

This was a writing prompt from a blog course I’m taking. I couldn’t remember a single instance and it bothered me.

I cry mainly when I’m hormonal. I wish my tears would come more easily when I want them to and less when I feel out of control.

Just to say SOMETHING I wrote about the last time my eyes welled, which was when a friend told me about her pregnancy.

It’s strange how such a positive question made me feel bad for myself (who knows? maybe I was hormonal at the time.)

A few days later I heard three honks outside my Mom’s house in Buffalo. It was early on a Friday morning. Expecting it to be the truck I ordered to pick up my Australia shipment, I poked my head out even though I was still in my PJ’s.

There was a silver Jeep in the driveway, no one else was in the house and we weren’t expecting anyone so my brain short circuited when I  saw my sister-in-law.

She stood there in a yellow tee-shirt, much brighter than the hazy morning sky. She and my brother live in Charleston, South Carolina (on a good day it’s a 14 hour drive from Buffalo).

Then I saw him. My not-so-little-brother. I didn’t expect to see him on this particular visit to the USA because his work schedule is hectic. He’s the closest person to me that I don’t communicate with often. We have passionate arguments about sweetener, love all the same 80’s movies and share a zillion inside jokes.

My daughter and my bro, photo by Angela.
“Are you kidding me!” Which came out more like a statement than a question. “Are you fucking kidding me?” My chin quivered and I ran over to hug him.

He had driven all through the night. To surprise me. To see his niece.

I had my happy tears.

Uncle Eric’s assistant. Photo by Angela.
Sibilings, photo by Angela.

Author: dawnrieniets

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8 thoughts on “Happy Tears

  1. Your Love is Awesome !!! So glad you got to share that HUG


    Posted on July 13, 2016 at 11:23 pm
  2. Thanks so much Ev! It was incredible. It was the cherry on top of the whole trip.

    Posted on July 14, 2016 at 4:28 am
  3. Aww… happy tears are the sweetest of all, what a gorgeous surprise!

    Posted on July 14, 2016 at 5:20 am
    1. Thanks so much! It really was wonderful. I’m a difficult person to surprise. 😉

      Posted on July 14, 2016 at 11:50 pm
  4. Great write up Dawn. I’m so glad mom didn’t spill the beans. I didn’t giver her very long, that must be the key. The time passed too quickly. Nothing like getting the band back together!
    Lavinia has grown so much so fast. I would have regretted forever, not seeing her at this stage in her life. She has a special quality about her. Can’t wait to see my favorite Aussies again!

    Posted on July 16, 2016 at 5:48 am
    1. It was so amazing being able to spend time with you bro. It made the whole trip end on such a positive note. The best part was that one day when the house was quiet and we got to eat a frozen pizza together and just shoot-the-shit. Love you.

      Posted on July 18, 2016 at 4:18 am
  5. Getting the Band back together is a powerful statement from my boy Egot! Great stuff!

    Posted on August 5, 2016 at 8:49 pm
    1. I miss that dude. Heaps.

      Posted on August 7, 2016 at 5:00 am