Have you ever read the "Anne of Green Gables" series by Lucy Maud Montgomery?
They recount the adventures of a feisty and precocious red-headed orphan who is taken in by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. She has a vivid imagination, an eagerness to please and drives people to distraction with her incessant chatter. We are kindred spirits Anne Shirley and I.
In the second book of the series, Anne of Avonlea, a slightly more mature Anne contemplates:
“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
The first time I read this I wrote it down on a piece of paper and would glance at it from time to time as a reminder to not become so occupied and consumed by the hectic pace of modern day living that I would forget to cherish life's simple pleasures. Whilst clearing out my bedside drawers on Friday I came across that very piece of paper in the front of my address book and two thoughts crossed my mind:
1) that my handwriting has only continued to decline in the intervening years
2) here was a message I needed to imprint upon heart and mind once again
The truth of the matter, dear Warriors, is that I am one of life's discontented. I am always on the look out for something bigger and better, for action, excitement and adventure! According to my mum, my brother Barry could play for hours and hours on his tod whereas I required a constant stream of entertainment. I do not know if my parents even considered having a third child but I'm convinced that any such notion would have been precipitately abandoned quite soon after my arrival.
Prior to being reunited with my scrawled words of wisdom on Friday morning, a very busy, activity-filled weekend awaited Craigy Boy and I involving meals out, a trip to the cinema, shopping in Milton Keynes and so on and so forth. That innocuous little note stopped me dead in my event-planning tracks. And I'm so very glad that it did because that is how Simple Saturday was born. We didn't do anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting but what we did do was remind ourselves how splendid, wonderful and exciting it is to delight in the simple pleasures of life.
Click on the video below for a sample of our Simple Saturday together. I hope you enjoy it. :)
Ginger Warrior, over and out.
P.S. Are you good at appreciating life's simpler pleasures? What are some of your favourite simple pleasures? Gardening? Going for a walk? Watching the sun set? I would love to know!