You all are welcome to join me. Bring the children – they will enjoy seeing some friends they haven’t seen since school let out. It might be a good place for you departing college students to get together too and have some fun before you head off to college. Rent a paddle boat on the pond. Play some mini-golf. Most of all it’s good just to be like lighthouses ourselves and to shine some Nativity cheer throughout the community.
I will bring food to throw to the ducks. Experts recommend feeding them corn, peas, or grapes instead of bread. Apparently bread is like junk food for ducks – and nobody likes a moody, lethargic duck.
Other years there have been 25-cent ice-cream cones too. You can be certain that there will be a couple of quarters jingling in my pocket. Many people speak about their “bucket list” and about all of the grand once-in-a-lifetime experiences they hope one day to have. I recently have been introduced to the idea of the “thimble list” – a list of small, simple ways we can savor life and encounter deeper joy right now.
Simple pleasures inspire gratitude and prayer. Gratitude and prayer make us better people.
So, even though we are in the heart of August already, there are many gifts of summer yet to come. I pray that it can be a time for us to celebrate Nativity of Mary, strengthen our friendships, share the joy of God’s blessings with our neighbors, and simply to soak up as many blessings as we can. Thanks, Nativity.