Picture Perfect

A typical summer morning goes like this: You wake up early, walk to the outdoor pool, drop off the kids for their swimming lessons, then buy that much needed coffee.  Now normally, you go to the grocery store and pick up a few items but today, well today, you are surprisingly organized so you buy a latte instead of the house blend and then sit on the grass near the pool.

Sighing a relaxing sigh, you look up into the sky you realize that it is perfectly blue, the kind of sky you would draw as a kid with that big triangle sun in the corner.  The sun would be shining down and all the people in the picture would be smiling, the girls would have stick legs and feet appearing from underneath their triangle skirts and the boys always wore shorts.  The grass was a brilliant green with a few random flowers thrown in for good measure.  Maybe there’d even be one or two of those birds made out of Vs that were so easy to draw.

In those pictures, summer was always perfect.  And as you smile and wave at your kids and they smile and wave back you realize that the beauty captured in those pictures is still there.  The pool is a brilliant turquoise; the grass still has that early fresh green.  Lake Ontario glistens just behind you and sailboats trickle by, one by one.  Your coffee is just the way you like it and high above you in the sky, the gulls fly and squawk.

In this moment, life is picture perfect.  In this moment, you realize what you sometimes forget when there are bills to be paid and laundry to be done — that your life is pretty damn good.  You are, without a doubt, a lucky person.  You have everything you could ever need.

You have everything that matters.

Indeed, the world is a wonderful place and you are fortunate to be a part of it.

In fact, even as you pick up the kids and they fight all the way home, you don’t let it get it you.  Instead, you walk in front of them, simply happy that they’re yours.  And when you get home, you get everyone organized around the kitchen table, get out the paper and markers and say, “Okay, let’s draw.”



(This post is part of the Weekly Writing Challenge : From Mundane to Meaningful and has been so much fun to write.  Hope you liked it.)

  1. freakin’ brillaint piece of writing!!
    I read quite a few Mundane to Meaningful posts trying to get a sense of what this challenge should look like and NONE were as good as yours!
    Loved every single word!

    • Janet said:

      Wow. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. What a great way to start my day.

  2. 40again said:

    Hi Janet
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comment about my post for the writing challenge. It’s the first time I have put a post out there for a challenge of this kind, I usually join in the photo challenge, which is much easier!
    Your post brings back memories of perfect summers, of school holidays with never a cloud in the sky, of friendships you expect to last forever.
    I am now following and look forward to sharing many more posts

    • Janet said:

      Thank you Dee. I appreciate your kind words. I, too, usually take part in the weekly photo challenge.

  3. Jessica said:

    You had me at ‘latte’.

    • Janet said:

      Birds and Beans of course.

  4. Jonesingafter40 said:

    Loved this. Gave me warm fuzzy feelings about my own blessed life!

    • Janet said:

      Thank you. I think sometimes we need to be reminded how good things are instead of getting bogged down in the details of the day to day.

  5. Thanks for reminding me that these moments do indeed exist! Enjoy the rest of your day!

    • Janet said:

      Thank you very much. Enjoy your day too.

  6. This took me back to summer days when my kids were little, back when a day at the pool with mom was still fun. 🙂

    Nice piece.

    • Janet said:

      It’s amazing how fast those days go by (my oldest doesn’t come with us anymore, and she’s only 11!)

      • At least my teenager will still go to movies with me, so I guess that counts for something. 🙂

  7. You brought back some fun summertime memories for me. 🙂

  8. Jeannie said:

    So nice to read this! Happy Days!

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