the cabin trip concluded with a game of apples-to-apples on the boat and a bonfire under the stars. as i watched the flames dance below the night sky, i started thinking about how grateful i was for the weekend: the time with family and friends, the easy laughs, the consistent sunlight, and the leisurely days. thinking about gratitude and starlight reminded me of the leonard cohen quote, “there is a crack in everything, and that is how the light gets in.” suffering, by definition, is painful, but the experience allows us to develop our capacity for gratitude and joy. overcoming hardship allows us to see the value of small things with fresh eyes, and to be thankful for the simple, pleasant things in life.
jon is famous for being denied entry to restaurants, theaters, lounges and other places that require a strict dresscode. after a long day of work, he likes to put on flipflops and shorts, and refuses to go anywhere that scoffs at his beach/baseball/lakeside attire. we have a list of places on the wall that have denied him entry, and it’s become a running joke that “he’s a little too country for that.” today was one of those magical summer days when being “a little too country for that” proves to be absolutely perfect.
after lunch, we went off-roading through the backwoods until we found ice cream:
until those restaurants can make me feel as good as boating and off-roading on a summer day, i think we’ll stay “a little too country for that.”