“Create each day anew.” – Morihei Ueshiba
As always, the Friday Edition combines a quote with a favorite photo. I tailor these to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme, which this week is “Create”.
My long day started at 5:45 a.m., when I got up to go work out for 2 hours at the local health club. After that, a bit of time at home gave way to an all-day shopping epic, as my oldest daughter, now in 8th grade, really needed new summer clothes. After stops at Aeropostale and Marshall’s, she’s properly kitted out, and a quick run into Toys-R-Us netted us a new Wii game (Skylander) that my youngest daughter desperately wanted. At $30 off, and using the $25 gift card she has had since Christmas, the final cost was just $15. Not bad.
Afterward, we spent time at Barnes & Noble, just soaking up the literary vibe. I also used my Goodreads app on my iPhone–who knew I could snapshot the bar codes and store the books in my “to-read” pile with a touch or two on the phone?! If I hadn’t already become totally attached to this iPhone, Goodreads would have done it for me.
It was a lovely day spent together as a family, but as we went home, I bemoaned the fact that I had no idea what to do for the challenge today.
“Well, you can create some art when you get home,” my husband said. As tired as I am, that didn’t appeal. “I would like to use something from today, but how is that creating anything?”
Then it popped into my head:
We did create something. We created memories, as we do every time we’re out and about together, doing things as a family.
The photo above is my youngest daughter from last week, running with an expression of pure joy at the Eastern Promenade in Portland, Maine.
Below is a picture of my oldest daughter today, throwing up a “Shaka” (Hang Loose) sign, while trying desperately not to laugh–she had literally just taken a bite of her bagel at Barnes & Noble. I totally love her expression!
These are both great memories we’ve created–and I’m glad I have the photos so that they can remember them, too.