There's a lot of talk, now, about summer bucket lists. It's a tradition long honored in my family. It started years ago with inspiration from an episode of Arthur, the cartoon featured on PBS. Each June we get out pencil and paper and dream big, including trips to the beach, zoos, parks and vacations.
We add game days, movie nights and dates with friends. Of course, as the kids get older, the lists mature, but essentially, they are a record of things we want to accomplish during the summer break; activities we think will bring us joy.
However this year, keeping in tone with my blog, I have decided to add something new to the list, something general and broad to the top of the page.
More than the excursions and treats we have planned for this summer, no matter what the day brings, I want to find something to make me smile. Even if it rains, even if we get sunburn, even if we never get to check off all those boxes on that list, I want to be able to say that every day I enjoyed at least one moment of loveliness.
I started this blog as part of a personal quest to try to find beauty in the everyday.
For a long time, all I noticed were the awful moments, the accidents and illness, tantrums and tempers. They were the bits that defined the day. Since I started writing back in March, whether it be the décor in my home, my wonderful family or the laughter provided by recounting a humorous story, I am more inclined to notice the "nice" and appreciate it.
I think I smile more, I know I laugh more.
So while we will sit down with our supplies again today and plan our ideal summer vacation, I will also be crafting a blank list, a framework that I plan to fill up each day, with things that made me smile...
...and while my seasonal list of Laugh Lines may not help my middle aged complexion, I am sure it will do wonders for my summer soul.