The last few days have been pure bliss for me, and it has nothing to do with art – it’s all about family. My youngest son promoted out of 6th grade – the same school he and his brother attended for a combination of 11 years! It was both emotional and exciting for my husband and I because this milestone also signified a major shift in our lives as parents. We are no longer in the primary school stage – we’ll never return to that time, but we made the absolute most of it and I’m so thankful we did. We volunteered, we donated, we painted sets and created props for plays, we sold popsicles, and cleaned up after events, we played, and we laughed, and we got to bond with other parents doing the same thing. If I can give any advice to young Mothers and Fathers out there just entering into the school phase of life with their little ones, it would be to get involved. As much as your own stuff dominates your thoughts and time (and believe me I get that), it is priceless when you can look back and know that you participated in the game of life your kids are experiencing.
The big day of my son’s promotion arrived and to honor it, and our family’s Hawaiian heritage, we ordered leis to be shipped from the islands. I have to give absolute props to this online company: Hawaii Flower Lei, please keep them in mind if you are a mainlander in the market for an authentic Hawaiian flower lei. The leis they create and the service they give is amazing and I’m going to definitely use them again in the future. We picked out this gorgeous lei for Cole – it’s a braided Ti leaf with a single strand of He’e berries woven in. My amazing husband treated me to my favorite flower lei, the Tahitian Ginger or otherwise known as the Micro Ginger Lei. If you can imagine an aroma of gardenias mixed with a little white rose that is what one of these white ginger flowers smells like. Multiply that by 100x and wearing this lei makes me transform into a walking cloud of heaven! The other thing I love about this lei is how it is woven to lay flat on your neck. Simply gorgeous!
Summer is now setting in, and so is the So-Cal June gloom. But it won’t be long before it’s boiling hot and in the 100’s again, and I’ll be dreaming of cool autumn winds, falling colored leaves, and decorating for the Holidays! YIKES, not yet, though! The memory of this happy day will live on, especially for Cole because his lei will dry nicely and he’ll be able to keep it to remember this special milestone in his life.
I leave you now with this thought … Whatever is going on in your day today, this week, this month; think of a specific milestone you have experienced, or are about to experience, and then honor it. Honor it with a special meal, a fun outing, or maybe with a flower lei??? I recommend the latter, but whatever way you choose to celebrate, just do it wholeheartedly. I feel strongly that we need to celebrate life and all the little twists and turns it throws our way. Milestones, large or small, are important for us all – they represent that shift that occurs in one’s life when opportunity takes on a new form and the universe welcomes you to move forward into all that awaits. It’s a wild and crazy ride, but it’s a good one if you keep seeking the joy in each moment.
Happy summer all! :0)