I rarely plan my posts ahead of time. They just appear, as if by magic, into my head. The thoughts are usually in one theme and headed in a straight forward direction. Rarely are they philosophical or “flowy” in how they tie together a concept and the reality of daily living. Perhaps today I can manage that so I am going to interrupt Charlotte (once again).
The title, a ray of sunshine, came about not because of a full day of sun but rather from an act that brought me a ray of sunshine.
A message this morning from a dear friend saying how much they missed our dessert club times together. So much so that she had baked a Tobberlone cheesecake and would like to deliver us some. Even if the sky had been full of clouds what a bright light that thought cast. The visit was super brief, partly weather partly their timeline of deliveries, but how thoughtful it was. The added bonus was that they stopped and grabbed us milk (which could be another blog post – the kind that rattles on about this happened and then this happened and then I forgot the milk – you know that kind of day).
There are a lot of different ways we can find a ray of sunshine. Or, maybe more importantly, be a ray of sunshine to someone else.
A ray of sunshine in my life – the fact that I have a jacket that can handle the cold this week threw at us. It’s 26 years old and I just had to do some mending on design elements this week but it’s structure is holding up well. The pattern cost me $3.98 and the material was $50/m which seemed crazy expensive back then. Well heck it still is but I think it’s safe to say the jacket owes me nothing and yet every year when it is -30 or colder out comes the parka for another round of wear.
I touched base with a friend this afternoon; they are spending the winter in Canada instead of their usual snow bird location. It was so nice to connect with her and have a long chat about all sorts of items. There was lots of talk about grandchildren, of course, and Covid.
We talked about being 60+ and how that meant we are first in line, all of a sudden (well when there are actually vaccines available) when it seemed that there were so many in front of us. I am still confused and conflicted by the Government of Saskatchewan’s new vaccine roll out plan but the fact that, supposedly, by September we will all be vaccinated is a huge ray of sunshine in all our lives. I am not alone in hoping we can return to something similar to “normal”. While we are missing our ski trip this year we are missing family suppers with card games, visiting with friends and sleepovers with the littles far more.
Each actual beam of sunshine spins around in my head and boosts my Vitamin D level. Even in the most horrendous wind I am still glad to go outside with my four legged ones and “catch a few rays”. It’s a chance to disconnect with technology and the opportunity to be in the moment. To hear the crunch of the snow (or the boom as you walk across a drift that releases), to feel the cold against your skin, to marvel at the silly puppy and to check out the foot prints in the snow. It’s a chance to stretch the muscles but allow the mind to relax. One doesn’t need to live in the country to find this kind of release, any park with trees within the city has proven effects.
So whether the ray of sunshine is literal or figurative embrace it. Send a “ray” to someone or gracefully accept it for yourself. In fact seek it out for your mental health.
So there it is unscripted, unplanned (while poor Charlotte is sitting all alone waiting) but hopefully inspired/inspiring. A ray of sunshine to my readers.
Ps the cheesecake was just as good as you all imagined it was! Thanks J!