“The days are long, but the years are short.” – Gretchen Rubin
As I see friends celebrate the bittersweet emotions of children graduating from High School, I am reminded how quickly time passes. I am grateful for this awareness, it allows me the opportunity to celebrate the little things that I might not have before. This year, though there wasn’t a significant graduation in our household, we had a “Welcome Summer” celebration on the last day of school. Nothing elaborate, just some repurposed party decorations and two fun notepads to create summer bucket lists. A fun way to celebrate the beginning of summer.
My children’s (age 12 and 8) bucket list items were simple and heartwarming:
“learn more things”
“family game night”
“make a big fort”
“cook s’mores over a campfire”
“make a lot of crafts”
What they really want is down time, creative time, time with family, learning about things that interest them. There wasn’t one material item on the list, it is experiences they want this summer. As I celebrate more of the little moments, I hope to pass along a sense of gratitude in the everyday. By savoring the small moments; bike rides, stargazing, family game nights, reading for pleasure, picnics just because, I hope to create memories that will last a lifetime. Of course, this is real life and there will also be chores and work in the mix, but I will consciously choose fun, play, and joy as well. I look forward to each moment – Welcome Summer!
“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” – Kurt Vonnegut