She told me her plans when I stopped by to pick up some information for a newspaper article.
This is an annual event the children enjoy, she said.
Her story brought to mind a large pipe my father purchased when I was a child for the well in the pasture behind our house in Latrobe we called the “horse field.”
When the truck dropped it off, my sisters, my brother and I immediately claimed it as a toy and spent long hours rolling in that pipe until it was placed in the well.
Simple activities often bring children great joy.
They are able to take pleasure in the moment, not distracted by the next item on the “to do” list or social calendar.
Not waiting until the weekend; not anxious for the next season to come; not allowing an early morning alarm to dictate life activities.
This summer a little boy named Josiah celebrated his second birthday and friends and relatives brought presents to a picnic in his honor at Lake Almanor.
When it came time to open the gifts he was very excited to pull a big truck or other interesting toy from the wrapping paper and immediately started to play with it.
Then his mom would take the toy so he could open the next gift and he would begin to cry until he saw what the next package contained.
The pattern repeated itself time and again.
What I realized is that Josiah would have been satisfied with one present and wasn’t looking for the next, great exciting item or event to bring pleasure.
He took pleasure in the gift he had in his hand.
I realized this fall that I was dreading the inconvenience of winter.
You know, the shoveling your driveway to get your car out after a snowstorm; gripping the steering wheel with white knuckles when driving on ice; and walking very slowly to keep from falling when the ground is slippery.
Many people moan at the thought of snowy weather and put a hold on life until spring.
They dream of tropical beaches instead of marveling at the beauty of falling snow.
We miss a lot of life when we don’t allow ourselves to take pleasure in the moment.
Have you ever spent money on tickets to the theatre or a concert and found your thoughts were stuck on some work project or problem with which you were struggling?
That is why I have already decided to take pleasure in the winter. Celebrating the fact that the weather permits me to wear boots, or snuggle in my reading chair with a good book while the snow falls.
There are snowshoe hikes on nights when the moon is full and simply playing in the snow.
When I was in college my friends and I would pile in a car to drive into the mountains from Sacramento to go tubing at Camp Sacramento along Highway 50.
If you have been waiting “until,” I hope you will join me in embracing all the special moments a day holds.
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