We’re running out of days to complete our adventures! Actually, we are down to just hours before we have to give our goodbyes to Miss Bee. That is the unfun part. BUT we have accomplished just about every thing we set out to do this month. In fact, we pack three days into one today!
Day 26: Pick out your favorite house in the area. You know, the one you always notice. Take a picture of it. Bonus if you knock on the door and meet the people inside.
I think this may be one of our favorite adventures. It reminded me of how beautiful people are and how much joy can come from just one small interaction.
We picked two houses. One we walk past often. The people weren’t home at the first stop so we didn’t get to give them flowers. I love this one because it reminds me of a cottage in the English countryside. It even has ivy creeping along an archway. If Jane Austen were still alive, I imagine this is what her house would look like. (happy sigh)
The second home is one I’ve noticed before. Its cheerful red color is the perfect backdrop for one of the prettiest yards I have ever seen. It’s just bursting with color. Driving past it, I knew we had to stop. I’m so glad we did. We met the most wonderful woman. A mother of nine, she gladly admits she loves flowers and gardening second only to children. There was something about her that reminded me of Susan Sowerby, a character from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book ‘The Secret Garden’. Susan’s capacity to love and nurture inspired children who’d been hurt and emotionally neglected their entire lives to suddenly feel the immense warmth of being unconditionally loved for the very first time. I’m pretty sure our new friend is the real life Mrs. Sowerby. And her backyard is just as breathtaking as the front. What a sweet blessing to connect with such a beautiful person.
Day 29: Explore a grocery store and find a food you’ve never tried and dare yourself to try it.
Two words. Lemon Bars. Miss Bee had never heard of them. In between the bagels for tomorrow’s breakfast, the bunches of bananas and bags of apples, we opted for these little bites of sunshine. It’s what a western summer afternoon tastes like.
Day 30: Do something completely and utterly spontaneous.
Okay. We’re getting ahead of ourselves. But like I said, we’re down to hours. We had to do something spontaneous. But with the temperature hitting triple digits, we waited until later to hike Y Mountain just to make one last memory.
And on the way down, we watched the sunset in the west against these amazing Utah mountains.
How can the month almost be over already?!