It's surprising how often a few snippets from a poem heard years ago still surface in my mind today. "I'd like to climb the Matterhorn, and visit Timbuktu," was how it began. Professor Buckstead had an ambitious list of things he wanted to experience in this life, and he crafted a wonderful poem to hold them all together with perfect cadence and diction, which he shared with us once or twice during the semester. Who knows if he really believed he'd one day climb the Matterhorn and accomplish everything else within the poem, or if his bucket list teetered on the edge of "pipe dream." But perhaps that was his secret to a long life. Whether your goals are attainable or impossible dreams, keep filling up that bucket until, as he closes the poem, "at last I have overfilled my cup."
In the spirit of my old English professor, I've crafted a bucket list for the summer. Sure, I won't be able to do everything on it, but it sure is fun to imagine that I can.
Spend more time outside than in
Enjoy bonfires after Henry goes to bed
Spend a day (or two!) on the Pierson family farm
Wake up slowly with breakfast on a dock
Walk with friends around the city lakes
Take Henry on stroller runs
Bike with my dad in Massachusetts
Visit the Eric Carl museum
Savor the morning with coffee on the porch at my parent's home in central Massachusetts
Teach Henry about the garden (plant a boulevard garden and build a bean teepee)
Get a stamp on our passports (Henry's too!)
Spend a night or two away, sans kiddo
Take in outdoor concerts
Touch the waves
What is on your summer bucket list?