A while back I was at my friend Cara’s house. I was there to borrow some cute bud vases. I knew she would have a good selection, and she didn’t disappoint.
Everywhere I turned in her house I saw something cute. Cute pillows. Cute drapes. Cute dishes. Cute frames. Cute, cute, cute!
I thought to myself, “If my house was this cute I would be smiling all day long!” Which led to remembering something I had heard on Oprah- or somewhere equally as authoritative. They say you should surround yourself with the things you love.
On my way home I was worried. My house is always under construction. I had a concrete floor at the time. My dishes don’t match. My walls are bare. You get the idea. How will I be happy if I’m not surrounded by things that I love??
Duh. As soon as I thought it, the answer came into my mind. I am surrounded by the things that I love! They look like this:
I am definitely surrounded.
Matching dishes can wait.
My inspiration for this record of my days:
“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen