Are you a list-maker? I totally am. I make lots and lots of lists – mostly in my head. My lists have exciting titles like Four Things I Need to do Today, Impending Work Deadlines, Supplies my Kids Need in Their School Backpacks and Stuff I Need at the Grocery Store. My life is all itemized into things I have to do and want to do and should probably do. I’ll do them all, I promise. Soon. Ish. Totally. Just you wait.
In honour of my list-making ways, I thought I would make a different kind of list to share with you today. A slightly less, erm, pressing list. This list is about taking a moment to stop and take in what’s happening in my life, as it is.
Eight Random Cool Moments From my Weekend
- Home repair! I fixed handles on drawers and cupboards, and glued things that needed gluing. I love work like this, that makes a small but tangible improvement to my daily life. When I was able to just open a drawer more smoothly, it made me smile.
- Sulphur. Seriously. I toured a shipping terminal, because I’m a writer and sometimes writers find themselves in the strangest places. I learned lots of things about sulphur – and I saw that sulphur piles can have a surprising and stark beauty.
- Napping child. On Sunday three-and-a-half-year-old Jacob took a 30 minute power nap in my arms. He hasn’t napped regularly in over a year, and he hasn’t fallen asleep in my arms in at least that long. I soaked it up for all it was worth. (And I’m happy to report that he wasn’t even sick.)
- Going sockless. It’s now warm enough to pull out the flip-flops. Hooray for spring – and toes that can breathe! I kicked my flip-flops off and stood barefoot on the grass and breathed.
- Freshly-cut lawn. I love the smell of freshly-cut grass. I especially love it when I’m standing in my kitchen with the window open, a warm breeze blowing in, and someone else is doing the mowing.
- Flowers. While I was looking at sulphur piles, my children were at the park picking me flowers. No bouquet in the world is better than wilted dandelions delivered proudly to you by your babies. It just may be the very sweetest thing in the whole wide world.
- Reading signs. With each passing day my daughter Hannah’s reading ability grows by leaps and bounds. This weekend in the car she was reading signs to me as we drove past them. I was struck by the power of being able to understand the words you see each and every day.
- Dreaming. My husband and I spent some time planning and imagining and dreaming together this weekend. It was really, really lovely to just spend that time painting futures in the sky.
What about you – do you have any random cool moments from your own weekend to share?