We had a bit of rain here earlier this week. I've grown accustomed to what's called "June Gloom" around the central coast (foggy mornings that usually burn off by noon), but rain in late June was a bit unexpected. I was bummed. I bemoaned the lack of sunshine. I shook an angry fist at the corpulent clouds overhead. "Well, there goes my walk!" I complained.
Then, I looked at my small son. He starred at me quizzically as if to say, "What's wrong, Mom?" He's not yet one year old, so I can only attempt to interpret his myriad expressions - we manage, however, to have surprisingly sophisticated conversations...
But looking at his big inquisitive eyes stopped me short. What lesson was he learning from me today? Giving up and getting upset easily, pouting when something doesn't go your way, is definitely NOT something I want to teach him. And what's a little rain, anyway? A bit of summer drizzle? Why should that stop us from journeying out and exploring our little world?
So off we went! Bundled up in hoodies, we strolled through puddles, listened to birds chirp high in the trees, looked for rainbows. I even managed to snap a few photos of rain-bejeweled flowers along the way.
Making the most out of the day you're given - now THAT'S a far better way to live! I hope my son will grow to know that, rain or shine, we ultimately make our own good days.
Today's Gratitude List:
- Neighborhood parks
- Cookies from a friend
- Long summer days