At the end of the school year, I decided to write down a list of things that I wanted to do over the summer. To my surprise, I’ve actually accomplished a few of them. 🙂
- Read 50 books & write a report/review of each one.
- Write and illustrate a children’s book.
- Learn a new skill.
- Start a blog.
- Live with intention.
- Invite someone over for supper.
- Be more healthy.
- Learn more about God.
- Do something dangerous (but fun.)
- Bedroom makeover.
- Go on a clothes shopping spree.
- Talk to people about Jesus.
- Make a determination every day to be happy.
- Do something nice for someone to make their day.
- Sell something online.
- Paint a portrait.
- Take flowers to residents of a nursing home.
- Live every day as if it were my last.
- Enjoy life, not hate it.
No, I probably won’t do every single one of these things. But hey, doing a few of these is better than nothing! The ones that I’ve done are in bold letters.
I think my favorite one was #17. It was a dreary, rainy day so I figured it would be a perfect day to cheer up some elderly people at the nursing home. The local grocery store sells all kinds of flowers, so I chose a bouquet of Crazy Daisies. Almost each stalk of flower in the bunch was a different color than the rest. They were bright colors – yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, green…I took the bouquet home and separated each stalk and wrapped the bottoms with paper towels, securing them with ribbons. Next, I wrote words of encouragement and Bible verses inside a few cards. After about an hour preparing the flowers and cards, I headed off to the nursing home.
The first room I got to belonged to a very old, but chipper man. I’ll call him “E.” I knocked at his door and walked in. He was laying down in bed so I figured he was so old that he couldn’t move. I started talking to “E” and told him that I wanted to brighten his day with some flowers. I held out the colorful bunch of flowers and told him that he could choose his favorite color. He sat up looking all confused. When he finally figured out what I was saying, “E” started smiling and told me to sit down so we could talk. I gave him his card and he had me read it out loud to him since his eyes were bad. I can’t remember what we talked about but I remember how it made me feel to see him so happy for a visitor. He just couldn’t comprehend why I wanted to come and visit him?! When I got up to leave, he invited me to come back to visit him anytime. So I told him I’d be back later.
This is something I’d definitely do again… It was so precious to see the look on each of their faces when I handed them a handful of flowers and a card. I may not be able to accomplish every single goal I had on that list but seeing the surprise and sparkle in their ancient eyes was one of the best feelings in the world!
XOXO – KinsleyRae