Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pausing to Smile

Life is most often at a full force pace. Some days my eyes are more open to the interactions and observations that make me smile and I pause to try and soak it in. Here are a few moments that made me wonder, ponder, and smile over the past few weeks.

Yarmulkes: I was driving to an appointment and initially confused about what I was seeing. I was following a car for a number of miles and the sunlight was shining into the car illuminating the guy’s head. He was wearing a yarmulke – but not just any yarmulke. It had an image of Bert (as in from Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street). It matched his vibrant tie-dye shirt and he was singing with the windows down. I didn’t know this was a trend and it made me smile.





 Tibetan Monks: On a Women’s World Cup semi-final day I met up with a friend for lunch. We were going to a sports bar which is next to the China Buffet. If you didn’t know the Tibetan Monks North of Boston are patrons of the China Buffet on Route 1. It made me wonder if the China Buffet was rated a few more stars than I originally thought. Maybe the Tibetan Monks are excellent food critics. I smiled and thought, where do they keep their wallets?

Evan and Seth: My college roommate Kasi, her husband Thor and 2 boys, Seth and Evan drove across country from Colorado. I made the 70 mile drive (to their 2700 miles) to meet them and visit Plimoth Plantation. Evan made a character of me on the game he was playing on his Nintendo DS. Upon asking me what weapon I wanted to use I responded “a sword.” The boys asked me why I picked a sword and I informed them I own a sword. Seth, age 7, informed us later that I’m the “coolest one” because I own a sword. Oh if it was so simple as owning a sword to be cool and loved by a boy. I love those kids. They make me smile.

I don’t always take a moment to pause to smile at simple statements or humorous thoughts but I desire to try and pause more often. Thanks for indulging me. What do you need to stop and pause for so you won’t miss it?


June 2011 Don’t Miss List

1. Go to a High School Graduation. (I went to 2 of young women who have overcome a lot of challenges to walk across the stage…. great determination)

2. Go Kayaking on a quiet lake and drink in the beauty of early evening.

3. Find a new park or quiet place to enjoy nature. (My new favorite find is The Great Lawn at Coolidge Reservation – )

4. Eat generous quantities of ice cream in all different flavors. (peppermint stick is my favorite today but that changes daily)

5. Take a 4 day long weekend if vacation is still far on the horizon – thanks to a co-worker who encouraged me to – avoid burnout

6. Help a teenage girl buy a bathing suit (the show “The Middle” had an episode this season on this which was great) it teaches patience and how to give graceful honest feedback.

7. Read the book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. It had me up late and riveted. I learned so much about WWII history, courage, determination, redemption, and resilience.

8. Be part of a sports team – I love my once a week women’s softball team!!! Great women from all walks of life, in the team and league, I wouldn’t otherwise know. (A couple of wins have been an added bonus)