Summertime - Take Time To Smell The Roses
I AM SO GRATEFUL for the time to smell the roses.
Lying in a hammock between two shade trees
Or wandering through a multicolodred rose garden,
Sitting quietly and communing with nature
Beholding something beautiful in each person I meet.
I AM SO GRATEFUL for a walk with no destination.
A choice pair of tennis shoes cushions my feet,
Pretty plantings in the neighborhood catch my eye,
A leisurely chat provides a welcome, short break,
And a nonchalant jogger says, "Have a nice day."
I AM SO GRATEFUL for the sounds of summer.
A bicyle beeps a warning from behind,
A hard hit baseball implants a resounding whack,
Lawn mowers drone while cutting the grass,
And booming fireworks light up the night sky.
I AM SO GRATEFUL for the lazy, hazy days of summer.
The click of croquet balls rebound across manicured turf,
The cool tingle of a root beer float satisfies a deep thirst,
Straw bonnets tug against their ribbons on a breezy day,
And barbershop quartets harmonize in the good old summertime.
I AM SO GRATEFUL for a stroll through the park.
Skateboards hum as they roll down the sidewalk,
Live music fills the air at an outdoor concert,
Shrieks erupt when a Little Leaguer hits his first home run,
And hands clap in unison to the beat of the band.
I AM SO GRATEFUL for relaxing under an oak tree.
A bird's sweet song murmurs in my ears,
Children's laughter drifts through the air,
Before dozing off for an afternoon siesta
I think to myself, "It's a wonderful world."
Excerpted from "Gratitude Works: Open Your Heart to Love" by Katherine Scherer and Eileen Bodoh.
Katherine Scherer and Eileen Bodoh are authors of "Gratitude Works: Open Your Heart to Love." www.gratitudeworks.com">http://www.gratitudeworks.com