Friday, July 25, 2008

Long Jump Contests

Camping means joining in an impromptu long jump contest at the bottom of the sand dune called, "Old Baldy" (not kidding about that name & yes, I can think of other things that could be called that), talking about deep and not so deep stuff around the fire or around the picnic table as you battle it out gender vs. gender in cards, letting your kids stay up too late playing charades, putting your bathing suit on right when you wake up and leaving it on until after dinner, it's many moments ... sandy, sticky, silly, unforgettable moments.

If you get a chance, read this book, "Cold Tangerines" by Shauna Niequist. Her words are bursting off of every page encouraging you to celebrate everything in your life. She writes, "Today is your big moment. Moments, really. The life you've been waiting for is happening all around you. The scene unfolding right outside your window is worth more than the most beautiful painting, and the crackers and peanut butter that you're having for lunch on the coffee table are as profound, in their own way, as the Last Supper. This is it. This is life in all its glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events. Your life, right now, today is exploding with energy and power and detail and dimension, better than the best movie you have ever seen. You and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage all have the making of a life of epic proportions, a story for the ages. Because they all are. Every life is."


Patti said...

Amen, sista. I think that's a reason why I blog. Using her words, to celebrate the scene unfolding right outside my window. She's right, my pedantic, pedestrian non-events are worth more than the most beautiful painting! Gotta read that book!
(wow, paraphrasing a real author made me sound smart)

Amy said...

Thanks LP...sometimes it's easy to look over the fence and think that grass in the neighbors yard seems a little greener...But in all actuality...the grass is pretty vibrant right here!! I think I will go roll around in it right now!