Description: For COW #44 - All About Me (The journalling is very me-centric - it has to do with my emotions and thoughts on a day that the rest of my family saw as an ordinary Saturday), chipboard (heart over photo of our voting ballots) and lace (under large photo).
Journalling mildly political, fair warning: Today was an ordinary day full of my favorite things. We couldn't decide what to do, so we voted. We do this often. If no one has a firm enough opinion to say "this is what we're doing" we list all our options, rank them, and add them up. Lowest score wins.
Of course, the problem with that tactic is that when you vote before breakfast, "brunch at Perkins" tends to win. So we decided to do two from the list and hit Putt U, too. It was a beautiful morning and great to get out of the house. I won, but Kairi nearly beat me. She's got this habit of making sudden GREAT shots, and she stays out of the hazards better than I do.
The weather was perfect and felt like fall, so we set up our fall decorations when we came back home. A trip to the grocery store also netted us some mums and mini-pumpkins. I asked Nick to help me with the rest of the decorations, and he said, "Absolutely. I love fall." It's nice to have something in common with your son. We had a good time pawing through the totes in the garage looking for "just fall" decor - as opposed to all the Halloween and Thanksgiving stuff. Itâ€™s too early for that.
Then, in keeping with the it's-beginning-to-feel-like-fall theme, we had baked ziti for dinner. Yum. While I was waiting for dinner, I watched the birds at the feeder my nieces gave me last Christmas.
Nine years ago was an ordinary day, too, until events made it extraordinarily tragic. How should we remember that day? Should we foster hate by remembering? Should we burn books and deny places of unity and worship? Or should we turn it into a day of cookouts and patriotic themed cupcakes? (That seems to be the plan of my local grocery stores, anyway.)
I think maybe, just maybe, we should have an ordinary day, with our ordinary families, and take the time to show them how much we love them. We should thank God for the beauty and wonder in our world, from birds to mums to turning leaves. Because life is precious, and celebrating life keeps those who celebrate death from winning. It is a day to remember that it is a daily blessing to simply live a life more ordinary.
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