The Best Thing
by Treva Mcnally
There is a challenge in writing about the "best thing that happened to me" this summer because at a certain age, life is no longer made up of big events. Rather, it is a compilation of all the wonderful little things that happen to us and with this as my criterion, my summer was full of "best things":
1. The arrival of a fourth grandchild, Jamie Rose, who is a darling little bringer of joy. How could she not be considered a best thing when her face lights up and she gives you a full body smile whenever you talk to her.
2. Competing in the 55+ Games for the first time and winning a medal, even if it was bronze and there were only four competitors in my category. Any attempt I've ever made at athletics has always resulted in a last place finish so winning an award was a thrill.
3. Gold finches at my bird feeder. After trying unsuccessfully for the past few years to attract birds to our feeder, this summer our backyard became home to two pair of canary yellow finches. The day always gets off to a good start watching these little beauties fill up every morning.
4. Getting assigned to write about museums and historic sites on P.E.I. for The Buzz. The Island is full of little places to explore, and discovering the Parsonage Museum in Bideford while scouting sites for future columns was an unexpected delight. Image the fun of being asked to play tourist and to explore wherever chance takes you.
5. Picking strawberries with my grandchildren. Introducing little ones to the surprise of finding big red juicy berries hiding under the leaves and watching them decide whether to eat them or put them in the pail (all the while knowing they would eat them) is one of the delights of summer.
6. Celebrating Canada Day. Last year we were away and missed having our (almost) annual Canada Day party. This is such a great country to live in, and what could be more fun than dressing in red and white, inviting a crowd over, and celebrating it every July 1? Then going down to Confederation Landing afterwards and watching the fireworks with friends and family. It's the highlight of the summer.
7. Taking part in our family's 31st annual golf tournament and family day. It's such fun when everyone comes home and we get to see all the new little ones in each family, visit with relatives who are only home for a short while each summer, watch all the little cousins play together, and enjoy a game of golf with others who are equally inept. Finish it all off with a family picnic and music; it just doesn't get any better.