This is my “Thank You” note to you.
Lately I’ve been transitioning from my “February Blahs” into my “March Malaise.” It isn’t just my inability to withstand the bitter cold any longer. It isn’t just my dry hands and the way I’ve been hating the face I see in the mirror. It isn’t just falling onto my knees from the simple act of walking across the driveway ice to get my car – and getting so frustrated that I actually crawled, sopping wet knees and all, to the driver’s side to get in. It isn’t just my grumpiness even in the face of such immense blessings.
It’s real life horrors, beyond the ever-annoying colds and stomach ailments. It’s injuries ranging from knee to brain. It’s cancers ranging from melanoma to brain. It’s deaths of parents and illnesses of pets. It’s illnesses of children. It’s surgeries on friends. It’s pinpricks of tears that won’t come out in volumes – volumes that I know are large by the feelings of pressure behind my eyes.
And all we can really do is be kind to each other – in both small and large gestures. Care packages of soup and cookies meant to be left on porches, to as not to disturb the grieving, but only to be welcomed into loving, mourning homes. Snail-mailed letters and French macarons appearing in mailboxes. Chocolates, warm socks and phone calls across the miles. If nothing else, texts.
Maybe opening the front door to find a handmade apron on your doorstep:
Do you know Kim from Too Darn Happy? If not before today, you’re welcome. Kim has reached out to me on more than on occasion, because that is the intuitive and gifted woman that she is. She writes a blog about finding uncommon joy in the everyday. She also gives uncommon joy. Her daughter imagined this Alice in Wonderland apron into existence and no doubt, stretched out hours and days into her own form of Wonderland. Kim’s family has gifted us with this “something blue” and it sure beats the “Winter Blues.” Scarlet came home from school and stepped right into the apron, and right in front of my camera.
Like an unstoppable blur.
She likes to imagine that if she eats a cake that says “Eat me”, she may grow, Alice-style, right into this apron!
She even wore it at night to help me test out my umbrella lights before a job..
..a job that thankfully had so much natural light that the umbrella lights weren’t touched.
It always feels good to be prepared.
And it always feels good to be kind, and to have someone be kind to you.
I was not speaking about anyone in my family earlier. Kim gave us this gift because she is awesome and thought it would suit us, but not because we’re in any of the scenarios I described above. Many others, though, need our thoughts and prayers.
In continuing with my #30ThingsChallenge, I am answering two more questions today. This is where I found my list of challenges – link HERE. People have asked me if you can pick and choose from the list, go out of order, or take a whole year to complete the list. Of course! There are no rules. We do this for ourselves. And for our children, of course. Things I want my kids to know..
What are 5 things that make you most happy right now?
1. The idea of spring and summer. Our garden, sundresses, adventuring, iced coffee, moose.
2. Des running.
3. Our new king-sized bed.
4. Cassidy and how he is so full of surprises.
5. More sunlight in our days.
What is your dream job and why?
I think I’m finding my way there. It’s a way to combine parenting with writing and photography. Maybe writing a book about both? Writing a memoir about my life, with my photos? Something like that, and something that pays well too would be nice!