I’ve joined with a few blogging friends to share non-bookish things with my blog followers on Sunday. I’ll be testing this out for the next several Sunday’s and we’ll see where this leads.
This Sunday, we are challenged to share: “5 Important Things In My Life”.
To ensure we are on the same page, let’s take a brief look at the definition of the word. “Thing” is a noun and by definition, it is a material object without life or consciousness; an inanimate material object as distinct from a living sentient being. Thus, by definition, the list will exclude, God, People, & Pets. I will also leave out Books, as that just goes without saying.
My earliest memories of my childhood include music. Singing Hymns with family, listening to music in the car or at home on my parent’s vinyl record player (I may have broken a couple of needles much to my father’s aggravation), Taking Piano lessons, Singing special music at Church, and Writing my own songs. Music has played a significant role in my life.
From a very young age, my parents would strap me in a carrier and off we’d go for a Sabbath afternoon hike into the mountains of western North Carolina. As I got older, I of course was on foot, hiking with them. Many places were hiked several times. We hiked up Mount Mitchel (the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak in mainland eastern North America at 6,684 feet), We traversed Bearwallow Mountain, Graveyard Fields, Craggy Pinnacle Trail, and many others. We explored the Natural Forest and parks. I learned about different flowers and trees, native birds and animals. We went camping and I learned how to safely start a fire, basic survival skills, and how to mark my trail so as to not get lost. We visited Zoos and Aquariums. We’d visit the Beach, and pick up sea shells, I learned about high & low tide, and the animals that call the Ocean home. I love being outside in Nature!
One of my favorite things to do when I was little was to be in the kitchen with my Grandmother & Mother. Whether it was baking cookies, learning a family recipe, picking Blackberries to make a cobbler, learning how to take care of the garden, snapping green beans or shucking corn on the back porch while my grandparents shared stories of when they were little. Sharing meals together as an extended family on for Friday night supper and Sabbath dinner. I’m sure many can agree, memories are associated with food.
This could be listed with food, but let’s be honest here, Chocolate deserves its own category! My grandmother often lovingly referred to it as “poison”. Not because she didn’t like it or thought that it was “bad” for you, but more because it tastes so good, you can’t stop at just one bite. I love chocolate! Ice Cream, Fudge, Mousse, & Hot Cocoa. Dark Chocolate is my favorite. I like it with peppermint. I like it with nuts. I like chocolate in my coffee. Excuse me, I need to go find some chocolate now.
5.) Cozy Pajamas & Fuzzy Socks
Yes, my savvy friend, I put two things together! Because to be truly honest, they go together. One of the first things I do, after I get home from work, is change into my cozy pajamas & fuzzy socks (let this be a fair warning to anyone who thinks to drop by unannounced, I may not open the door).
I’m sure you may have noticed that within the things I listed as most important you can find God, & Family. Both are essential and so tightly woven into the fabric of my life that they are an integral part of who I am.
I’d love to hear from you:
What are some important things in your life?