Isn't it amazing what a little sunshine can do for your spirits and energy level? I wasn't sure I was going to make it through March with all the rain, but then we were gifted with a brilliant, Spring weekend.
While the last thing I wanted to do was to sit in a car for hours on end, I apprehensively (I'm always a bit anxious of traffic on the weekends) set out Saturday morning for Rescue (it's a town) to celebrate my great niece's 5th birthday. The trip had originally been planned to visit my brother, who was recovering from hip surgery, but it morphed into a birthday celebration with his grandkids.
The ride itself was surprisingly pleasant. During the 2+ hours, I was amazed at how lush and green everything has become. At one point, outside of Vacaville, I actually had to check the exit signs to make sure I was on the right freeway, as I passed orchards in bloom and lakes where I hadn't seen water before. And best of all, the terrible congestion was going the other way!
As I walked up to the door, I was greeted by my great niece, Lauren, who was smiling from ear toear,burstingwithexcitementassheimmediatelydeclared,"today'smybirthdayparty!" And while she giggled as I handed her a present, she exclaimed "and my best friend is coming!" It was a time to celebrate.
Watching the kids, I was reminded of how important simple celebrations with friends and new acquaintances can be. Getting together, sharing a fun game or project, enjoying favorite foods (pizza and cake) and spending the time to congratulate milestones can buoy joyfulness for days. Memories are made which are enjoyed for months. And while I couldn't go on the trampoline or swing upside down on the swing set, I thought back to the times when I could.
Please plan to join us at our many activities, especially during this 10th Anniversary year, and let's make some memories together!
Lisa Brinkmann, Executive Director, Marin Villages
This Month's Village Activities