“I got to be there!” My resounding remark about my second grand-daughter’s entry into this wild and wonderful world. Witnessing this miraculous event made a deep impression on me about the importance of being present. The tree of life emblazed in the fabric of her birth will forever remind me that every day is a gift. She was 12 days early, and as with most births there was no set time of arrival.
Extraordinary events often just pop up unexpectedly, but the good news is this: a myriad of events and happenings are packed within these pages to help you plan ahead for your bucket list summer. We love the theme for this summer’s big Symphony by the Lake at Chetola . . . “Oh, the Places You Will Go!” In fact, you will most likely struggle with too many options and wonder how you can be in two places at one time. So, pull out your calendars and get busy making reservations, ordering tickets, and getting your gear ready for all the outdoor fun and activities.
My traveling office on wheels is always packed with bundles of magazines and a bag of clothing and sporting options. If needed, I can pull out the hiking boots and hit the trail for a quick hike at lunch, or grab a blanket and head over to the park for music in the Valle. Reusable shopping bags are always handy for stops at the many farmers’ markets during the week. In hopes that I have more time, I even put my tennis racquet and a few golf clubs in the back.
But then again, I may just be hanging out with my girls in the backyard soaking in all the simplicity and wisdom they have to offer—no special clothes or gear needed.
No matter your philosophy on life, there is no mistaking that every day is a gift. Whether through providence or planning, make sure you’re there, living those special moments.
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