Bucket List Shenanigans

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. 🙂

  1. Read 50 books & write a report/review of each one.
  2. Write and illustrate a children’s book.
  3. Learn a new skill.
  4. Start a blog.
  5. Live with intention.
  6. Invite someone over for supper. 
  7. Be more healthy.
  8. Learn more about God.
  9. Do something dangerous (but fun.)
  10. Bedroom makeover.
  11. Go on a clothes shopping spree.
  12. Talk to people about Jesus. 
  13. Make a determination every day to be happy.
  14. Do something nice for someone to make their day.
  15. Sell something online.
  16. Paint a portrait.
  17. Take flowers to residents of a nursing home.
  18. Live every day as if it were my last.
  19. 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

via Daily Prompt: Caper

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