What makes you Smile? April 07 2013

 

Spring makes me smile.  It means that the perennial plants are coming back.  I can plant the annual plants that make me smile.  Every year right after St. Patrick's Day I plant pansies in the window box on my front porch.  Now, every time I walk out of the house or am coming back in the house, those fabulous little faces of the pansies smile right back at me.

 

I volunteer at a fabulous nature preserve called Teatown.  If you live in Westchester in NY take time this spring to visit this magical place.  It can only make you smile.   What I do at Teatown is what's known as "the bloom list".   Teatown has an island called Wild Flower Island.  On this island are 230 native American plants.  I go out on the island once a week with a friend and map out what is blooming and where its blooming.  This way the tour guides always have an accurate account of what they are showing on the island.  I recommend that everyone goes for a tour on the island, especially in May when the Lady's Slippers are blooming.  The image on my facebook timeline is from spring on Wild Flower Island.  This week we begin charting the island for 2013 - it's supposed to be sunny and 71 degrees - that will certainly make me smile. When my children were younger spring meant watching soccer games.  That always made me smile.  Now that they're all grown up, I'm done with that but as I pass by the fields I always smile at the children whether they are playing soccer or baseball.

 

As the weather warms, go outside and take a walk.  Can you really go out in the sunshine, take a walk and not smile? Call your best childhood friend.  If you haven't done this in a long time or never have before - try finding them today.  Bet cha that'll make you smile. Give your honey a hug.  Laugh with your kids. Oh, don't forget to give yourself a hug. Grab a fun book.  Watch a funny movie. When you smile you let go of the stuff that is holding you back from doing or being what you want.  Try it this week, Smile :) Tell me what makes you smile and put your comment below.  I'd love to hear from you.