Smelling the roses seems to be a thing of the past these days, at least in my life. Even though I try to spend the time enjoying the simple things, the hours just roll by so quickly and at the end of the day, my to-do list seems like it’s twice as long as the day before.
I long for my children to experience the things I did when I was a child. Like eating a fresh picked cucumber on the front steps, garden tomato sandwiches, catching fire flies and playing tag until long past dark. Making a wood raft for the stream by our neighborhood railroad tracks and the sound of crickets just outside my bedroom window. Where did the crickets go? I don’t hear them anymore…maybe they’re too busy also.
I know I desperately need to find better balance, not only for my children, but for myself. So in the spirit of true desperation I have planned some slow-down-to-smell-the-roses activities for next week and yes, I realize that attempting to slow down while planning activities sounds like I’m spinning my wheels in the wrong direction, but they are relaxing activities, meant to remind us of what life should be like.
What simple pleasures do you miss from your childhood?