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August 4, 2019: A Sunday Celebration

“Sunday. A day to refuel your soul and be grateful for your blessings. Take a deep breath and relax. Enjoy your family, your friends, and a cup of coffee.”*

This weekend, we made a quick turnaround trip to our home in New Hampshire, to visit with our family and attend a Celebration of Life Service for a close friend and mentor.  During this whirlwind trip, on our to-do list was a series of errands to purchase things we can’t find in our very, rural area in northern Maine.  Hobby Lobby was on our agenda to choose more displays for our booth.  Once there, we noticed signs that said “it was closed on Sundays”, and for a retail store this is not common.  This observation led to nostalgic reminiscences of Sundays when we were children.

Sunday with a few expectations, was a day when the stores were closed.  A local German bakery was the only place open and it closed at noon. Mornings began with church and “Sunday dress up clothes” and followed with a trip to the bakery to bring home some special treats.  It was a day free from “must-do” errands where we could spend time with family and friends.

Once home and after lunch, we quickly changed out of our “Sunday Best”, and dashed outdoors to see what adventures awaited us.  We did have a television, but it was strictly regulated and not considered an option. (We knew we would watch several programs later in the evening as a family.) Our parents expectations were that we would find activities to amuse and entertain us and we did. 

“Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.”*

Both my parents worked outside of the home and with four children, three dogs and assorted pets, our home was a busy, sometimes chaotic place.  Yet these Sundays, gave us time to slow down, reconnect, and reenergize for the coming week.  Sunday night suppers were easy ones, our favorite being waffles with real maple syrup.  The simple and attainable expectations of the day helped to ease the pressures and stress of the preceding week.

When comparing that scenario with today’s world, I realized once again how important it is to carve out time for what’s truly important.  The stores are open, six other days a week.  The to-do list is always there, but a gift of time just to share with family, friends and even oneself is precious and not to be casually wasted.  

It takes intention to make a change.  I’ll have to work on time management, but I’m looking forward to Sundays (when we’re not in shows), where I can once again attain that long ago feeling of freedom and well-being. Designating time to also play with my water colors or answer the invitation from a stack of books sounds like a wonderful antidote to the full schedule of the preceding and upcoming weeks. And waffles for Sunday dinner sound just about perfect!


How do you spend your Sundays?


*Quotes: For these and more Sunday quotes:https://www.goodmorningquote.com/sunday-quotes/

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