This year, at my request, we are spending time on an island renowned for its fantastic abundance of beach shells. We also plan to attend some events and attractions on both parts of this trip. I wish our whole family could go with us, but adults have jobs and responsibilities. We’ve been to this destination once before, and I thoroughly enjoyed hunting various shells. It reminds me of another of my lifetime sports—hunting morel mushrooms. I might get to experience both this year. I realize I am fortunate.
So I started gathering items to take with us—beach stuff, games and movies, clothes, and a few choice kitchen goodies. How did I ever do this with small children? Perhaps I am stuck in the “pack everything” motherhood mode. My husband is a minimal packer while I try to make up the difference. (I even sneak in extra underwear and socks.) We usually balance one another. However, we have forgotten our swimsuits for the past several beach trips and had to purchase economical replacements. Signs of advancing birthdays?
Celebration of Life
I’ve noticed how one can anticipate a date for a special occasion and watch it coming toward you in slow motion. Then the last few days seem to speed up (Oh, I have so much to do!), and finally, the time arrives. One may try to savor each moment or day, but they are over and gone all too quickly. How can we continue the celebration of life?
Sometimes when the children were in elementary school, we took treats to their classes on their birthdays. My son-in-law and I share our birthday month. Last year he requested that his birthday gifts be given as donations to a worthy charity. Blessing others with our lives is a great way to value the time we have been given on this earth. We also need goals and dreams and occasions on the horizon to anticipate. I’m not sure if I’ll have any candles for this birthday, but I will wish to nurture my creativity and continue to attempt to bless others. Seashells, anyone?
Questions for personal journaling or group discussion:
1. What is your definition of “getting old?”
2. How could you make your own, or a loved one’s birthday, really special this year?
Karen Spruill writes from Florida.© 2002 - 2024, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.