Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What do you wish for today?

CSUF Arboretum
I came across this question on a blog today: What do you wish today?

I'm always on the lookout for a good question. Here is how she answered the question:

So today I wish for one day during my vacation that folks are happy and ok around me and that I can let go of the stress and just relax...and read...just for one day this week. That would work for me. What do you wish today?

Often, while watching TV in the evening, my wife will get up and ask me, "Want anything while I'm up?"

Who thinks up these blossoms?
My first answer is "World Peace." (No, I'm not an ex-beauty contestant... but that's what I want!)

My second answer is "Whirled Peas." (I'm a smart alec, and I've already used "World Peace.")

My third answer is usually, "Nothing, honey. I'm good." (I'm generally content just watching the TV.)

But this question is different: What do you wish today?

I read a quote lately on another blog that gave me my wish for today:
Hey, What's going on family?

"Pleasure is spread through the earth in stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find."

~William Wordsworth

My wish today: Find me some stray gifts of pleasure and claim them!

Simple pleasures. Simple joys. Simple delights.

My twin grandsons just turned eight months. On a recent visit I watched them flail their arms AND their legs in delight over some "stray gift of pleasure." 

I may not go that far, but they've got the right idea!

How about you? Are you in the hunt today for some stray gift waiting to be claimed by you?


  1. I want to hunt for that stray gift. Giggles from my kids are always a welcome gift to me. I love to look for beauty in the day to day exchange with another person. My dad used to say, "Always remember the other. Keep that person in your focus for that time together." I try to do it, and those moments of connection do become lovely gifts to me.

    Those two grandsons look like they want to be part of the action. Very cute!

  2. @september: I'm not surprised that you are a hunter of stray gifts. I really enjoy when you share some of your captures: especially the snippets of conversation with your kids. ;-)

    (And thanks... those boys are cuties... reminding me of Gerber babies... who might be slightly Dutch.)

  3. First and foremost I have to say that your grandsons are absolutely cute!!

    Pleasure is spread through the earth in stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.

    (By William Wordsworth).

    I wish I could find a "horn" worth blowing..
    Thanks for your inspiring post!

    Hope you're enjoying the rest of your summer.


  4. I'll take a Friday night small town football game and a Saturday morning estate sale. My weekend is complete.

  5. @Betty: Thanks for stopping by. I hope you find that horn!

    @IowaSister: Those are simple pleasures... and the small town football season is about to begin in your neck of the woods. Woo hoo! (Loara's homecoming is not too far off: Oct.22. See you there?)

  6. Come on Don! Flail away in joy! Flail on, flail on, flail on and on! A poet once said something to that effect...or was it "sail"? My eccentric friend is being playful.

  7. I think every day is a special day, and you have to live it like that.
    Have a great end of the summer (oh... I dont want summer ends :()

  8. @Dennis: Flail on! (I like it.)

    @MissCorleone: I agree. Each day is special. (Some are especially hard though. Others are great! Most are what you make of them.)