Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran


The sun is shining, the air is warm, and summer is just around the corner. Baby Girl and Friend are running through the house looking for a picnic basket... A few moments later I hear thunderous footsteps and excited girlhood chatter as they emerge with a basket as big as they are...




Hmmm.... an idea begins to form... When they were little I used to change their toys out periodically to keep them interested in revisiting their toy shelves. I think this summer I'll keep the basket out and change the contents every few days to keep the summer blahs away...




Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, pinwheels, a new book, friendship bracelet kits, craft materials, jigsaw puzzles, a deck of cards, a bug jar, science experiments, seeds, marbles...


In the basket, also, will be a journal with notes of inspiration: look for a four leaf clover today, make a daisy chain, pick and press fresh flowers, plant seeds, grow a garden, climb a new tree, create a new hide-out, find surprises in the clouds, bake cookies, have a lemonade stand, look for fairies, star gaze, catch fireflies , camp out, make home-made boats to float in the creek, play Mother May I?, 1, 2, 3, Red Light , the list is as endless as childhood's summer days are long ...


Lastly, of course, I'll add a picnic blanket, hugs, kisses, and best wishes for a magical summer full of adventure...




8 comments:

  1. Oh. . . and don't forget to include rock school on the steps. What a wonderful way to begin the summer. . . did you go to school with my Mom? Sounds like something she would have done.

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  2. Thank you so much for your visit..
    Beautiful words and pictures that capture summer...

    Michele

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  3. Beautiful post; I love Khalil Gibran, BTW!

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  4. Thank you guys so much :) Y'all are sweet. I absolutely love your blogs! Rock school? Good idea....

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  5. Thanks for finding my blog because I am now so happy to find your blog...it appears you may be a girl of my own heart. L&D nurse, quote lover, and you seem like a generous spirit...nice blog! I saw the Kahlil Gibran quote and Oscar Wilde quotes and thought I must follow you now too!

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  6. It was an honor and it was humbling to find the comment you left for me today on my blog. I will keep your request in my prayers. It is interesting that while we don't always know what God's best is, He always shows up right on time.
    On another note, I so enjoy coming to your blog and reading the quotes, poetry and happenings at Mops and Pops place. It has revived traces of my Mom and I do so miss those traces! So, I cannot find words enough to spell the gratitude that comes from reading your posts. I trust that you will somehow just feel that sweet presence in the breeze or catch a glimpse of the love she gave me through the wings of a butterfly or the seedlings that ride the wind from a dandelion. Thanks for participating in my life as you read through my stories. Very truly a kindred spirit to me.

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  7. This post made me go back to my summer days as a young child, when life was simpler, slower, and time seemed to stand still. Playing outside until there were nothing but stars in the sky then coming in filthy dirty to a nice cool bath, a snack and bed. Just to get up the next morning and do it all over again. I too loved to have back yard picnics, make a wish while blowing the cottony dandilions, and making a "princess crown" out of all the yellow dandilions in our yard.
    Thanks for the sweet reminder of those precious childhood memories! Made my heart smile this evening!

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  8. Thank you again, guys. You are too sweet...

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