Well, I guess Summer has officially come to an end. Though the season itself isn’t over, the feeling of freedom is. The campus is full of folks, children are at the bus stops again, uniform ads are everywhere, and shelves are stocked with school supplies. Crazy! Summer seems to go by quicker when you don’t get to lay back and relax. I made no trips this summer. It’s kind of a bummer but I’m an adult and I have to work so I can do things I like. These things include eat and peruse the internet.
As this month draws to a close, it’s time to list the top 5 things I loved this month. I’ll admit it’s getting harder and harder to come up with 5 but I’m determined to keep this little series going. Plus, it keeps me writing which I enjoy. So here we go!
The quiet was a new thing for me this summer. I’m used to summers filled with kids and parents. In my former life, as an Early Education teacher and administrator, summers were prime time. Kids were everywhere! There was lots of scheduling and corraling of kids. This summer, in my new life as an office manager, I experienced quiet. Slow quietness. It was a brand new thing to me. There’s not a flurry of registrations or chasing down parents to pay for their week of camp. There no planning for weeks of activities that involve water or booking things like snoball trucks and “”Zoo to You” experiences. It was quiet and solitude. I enjoyed it but it took some getting used too. I’m still not used to having a whole office suite by myself. I love my coworkers but I love being alone too, most of the time. I can’t help it. So experiencing a summer of quiet was a pretty refreshing.
Have I written about this before? Probably. However, it’s still one of my favorite things. There’s something incredible about having a person in your life that you know you can trust and rely on. I hope they know they can rely on me. I love and appreciate being on a level with someone where they can just look at you and go “What it is?”. You might have everyone else fooled but that one person, they know. I’m so incredibly grateful to be involved in someone’s life and to experience things with them. It’s wonderful. There are so many benefits to it. To be known and genuinely loved by someone and for that someone to be able to put up with my crap, it makes my heart feel good. It’s nice to be loved. I realize I’m talking about the benefits for me but there are lots and I like them. So, there ya go.
- Cheap Bouquets
I love flowers and plants. I have about 10 in my house right now. That’s an inherited thing. My Mama and Meme (pronounced me me) gave the love of plants to me. I love buying myself flowers. This is only something I’ve started doing. It’s amazing how beautiful and cheaply you can get flowers. I love having flowers around the house. My preferred grocery store, Trader Joes’ always had beautiful flowers and I often just can’t help myself. I see them and I have to have them. It’s one of the joys in life, fresh flowers. Don’t be afraid to buy yourself flowers.
- Glitter Gel Pens
Yes. Glitter gel pens. That’s one of the things I’m really glad to see make a comeback. I had a massive collection of gel pens. I loved them. The way they glide across the paper and how they came in so many varieties. Milky, neon, basic, and, of course, glitter. I recently purchased some gel pens for my desk at work, because you need a little fun everywhere in your life, and didn’t know they were glitter until I started writing with them. I expressed my excitement with an excited and shocked “Oh, my goodness.” which made my co-worker wonder what was going on. I quickly told him that the gel pens I was using were glitter and I didn’t know that and that I had just experienced an extremely exciting moment. It made him laugh, which I appreciated. Seriously, sometimes it’s just the little things. Little things like glitter gel pens.
Well, she’s almost 4. Probably once I let this post, she’ll be 4. Children are the best. The child I’m talking about is particularly special. She’s sassy and smart. She keeps you honest and makes you laugh. She loves dirt, snails, caterpillars, puppy dogs, kitty cats, Magic School Bus, Tolls, and she can sing every word of the Moana soundtrack. She’s great. She started Pre-K this year and was an emotional day – for me. I don’t know how her parents felt about it (well, I do, I mean, we’re friends. Her mama is my best friend). I, as a friend, got to participate in the child’s first day of Pre-K. What an honor! She makes have to continue to keep up with what 4-year-olds like. It’s great! She wants me to play with her and hang out with her. It’s great to be loved and wanted. It’s great to see this girl grow and become this neat person. She’s got a lot to offer and I’m excited to see it. I’m so grateful to have her in my life. I’m thankful for her friendship and for the things she teaches me. Kids are fun. They keep you young and going.
So, that’s it! These are my favorite things for August. Got it in just under the wire! Whew!! Let me know what some of your favorites have been this month! Let’s learn from each other.