As a rather sheltered child, I was only allowed to watch a few wholesome TV shows. Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, Little House on the Prairie, The Walton’s and a few others. On the “black list” were shows like Dukes of Hazard and Knight Rider…shows I got to watch when I was at grandma and grandpa’s house. There were so many things about the Walton’s I loved. Of course, the show had a predictable plot. You know, where there is some hardship or disaster that generally gets resolved and end with happily ever after. The family worked and played outside, always ate dinner around the table, and said their signature goodnight to each other at the end of of the day before the lights went out. Life was SIMPLE. Of course that isn’t reality. That’s Hollywood. BUT, I do think we oftentimes choose a more complex life.
Mr. Roger’s. My hero. I read a book about him written by one of his dear friends. I also went to see the movie about his life. Mr. Rogers was humble. He lived life SIMPLY. The ways of the world pained him. He did everything he could to make a positive impact. Still, at the end of his life, he questioned if he did enough and was worthy of heaven. His signature was a colorful cardigan, tennis shoes and a song of unconditional love asking the world to be his neighbor, PLEASE. My hero.
Lastly, the old chevy. My husband and I have been back and forth about getting him a newer vehicle. It’s birthday was 2003. A Chevy Suburban. It’s old. Though it has over 135,000 miles, its dependable. We take it on every vacation because it’s spacious and comfortable. It has become a reliable friend of sorts. Our mechanic said they are great vehicles with “SIMPLE” engines.
The older I get the more I appreciate the SIMPLE things. We have lived in the same house for 15 years. As a realtor, I get to show and sell homes all the time. All shapes, sizes and styles. Still, though it’s SIMPLE and on the smaller side, our home has my heart. Last night I went around a snapped a few photos on some of the simple things I appreciate in an outside our home. Gardening, chickens, small porches, quiet spaces, and something you can’t see….15 years of sweet MEMORIES.
My thoughts for today…
- Keeping life simple is a choice.
- Home is often where my heart is.
- Choose joy everyday