In loving memory of Joe Rado, who left this earth three years ago.
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We believe in angels. We think they are all around us...
That's kind of where it all started for HSFT. Founder and designer Stephanie Taormina was sitting in her living room a few years ago, practicing her meditation and gratitude ritual as she did every day, when she was hit with the most vivid vision. Her father had a recently passed and she was thinking of his mantra, the "tag line" he said each time someone left or said goodbye. "Hey, have some fun today." She pondered her Dad and those four words, and how it was so representative of the loving, kind man who just wanted everyone to see the "fun" in each day.
A Company Comes To Life
And then she saw it. Stark Black and White images and letters. Pretty soon "Have Some Fun Today" was more than the words her loving father said, it was now a painting in her head. A fine art painter and studied artist, it was not unusual for her to have a clear thought or ideas for a painting. But this was different. The image was vivid and alive.
"I was in my mediation, sort of thinking, non-thinking and I got hit with that vision. And it was like, this is it. This is what it is gonna look like. And then I want to make a t-shirt. And a tote. A hat."
That vision became the painting, became the original graphic t-shirt, became the company that is today Have Some Fun Today. Those four, loving, sweet words her Dad had said every day were coming alive and manifesting in a way she never expected. He was gone but this was a part of him that would live on.
Is There Anybody Out There?
If the souls and spirits of those we love move into some other cosmic plane or ascend to the "pearly gates", isn't it possible they're still trying to connect with us? Stephanie certainly felt in that moment that her father was trying to connect with her.
Experts in every field from mediums to spiritual guides have plenty to say on the topic. And while you can always find a fair share of skepticism, you'll also find some pretty common beliefs of how those near and dear to us may choose to send us a sign.
Dreams, thoughts, nature, a felt presence, fragrance, even leaving small objects are just a few of the ways that experts think departed loved ones choose to communicate.
The Legacy Lives On
"I feel like what I'm doing everyday is my Dad. I rarely feel sad," Stephanie says. A spiritual medium told her several years later that it's because she was thinking the way her Dad would and that she is, in essence, channeling him. His thoughts and his messages are coming through her.
Her work now is an expression of that first vision she believes came from her Dad. She is inspired to share this simple yet powerful philosophy with the world. The same one he'd call out as she left the house for school or when they'd part ways from a family gathering. Have Some Fun Today.
It's safe to say, message received.
With respect and honor for the late Mr. Rado, this piece was written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek