Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Bugs, the Bug and a Bucket List

Ok…I’ve been a bad blogger!!!

Its not that I wasn’t thinking about all of you…its just that I’ve been really sick…still…

I suppose stating that we were on the mend two posts ago was premature, as Scott is the only person among us who has no lingering effects of this crazy cold/virus/plague that we have had.

The entire month of February was devoted to evicting the bugs from our bodies...its been brutal. And just so you know, ALL of us had a flu shot this year...I normally don't get a flu shot. But I figured Jay is high risk due to his age and so I didn't want to bring anything home to him. Little did I know that I would be more sick this year than I have been in 15 years! I'm still avoiding anti-biotics (more on that rant some other time!) but we HAD to give Jay something for his ears. Poor little guy had repeat ear infections.

The Bug has been doing so much so fast that I almost cannot keep up. Even sick, he’s a whirlwind. How do kids do that? I’m not sure, but I wish I could bottle his energy.

His vocabulary has been expanding daily. I think what amazes me the most is not that he learns new words, but the gets the ENTIRE concept all at once…a word, the context, the relationship of that new thing to his world…its all rather amazing.

The insight I get into his little mind…and into my relationship with God…is astounding. I long to learn and absorb and see things as though they were fresh and new like he does. I long to want to just sit next to somebody for the company and play with blocks because today what I build will be different than what I built yesterday. It’s a really refreshing way to look at life!

I have the cutest pictures of him sitting at his desk, driving in the Barbie jeep with Rebecca and just generally being the ham that he is…alas, I have not removed the pictures from the card in the camera.

I guess the pictures, like my blog, are another victim of “the crud.”

In honor of the movie The Bucket List - which I hear is fabulous, by the way – and a series of sermons at Forest Hill, I’ve been thinking about the idea of a Bucket List.

Just so we are all on the same page, a Bucket List is defined as the list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket! (clever, no?)

I’ve started a Bucket List of my own…Here are the things I’ve come up with so far:

Celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary (in case anyone is counting, that means I have to live to be at least 82.
See my son graduate from college…and graduate school.
See my grandchildren graduate from high school…and college…and graduate school.
Take care of my parents.
Make time for family vacations.
Make time for family game night.
Grow my own veggies.
Learn to really cook like a Food Network star.
Learn to take fabulous photos.
Share my love of Jesus with others.
Visit China and see the Great Wall.
Visit Egypt and see the Pyramids.
Visit Israel and see the Temple Mount and all the other sites.
Teach Jay to ride a bike.
Teach Jay to fish.
Teach Jay about our heritage - our family heritage, our Christian heritage.
Endow a music scholarship for children in elementary and middle school.

This is by no means a complete list…

But I did find that my bucket list is about relationships and experiences…When I really began to consider what I wanted to do before I die, being “comfortable” or “well-off” were not among my considerations. My desire is to make connections and to build understanding.

Just that last sentence along could take a lifetime.

So…what’s on YOUR Bucket List?


MaryC said...

Ahhh, the bucket. I am still working on mine.
I am happy that the bug (as in flu) is going bye-bye and the Bug (as in Jay) is filling your days with wonder.

Gina said...

I love this! I'll have to look into the movie.
Smiles, Gina