From the desk of Teresa Jordan, Executive Director – I heard the best quote this past week, “That’s not a picnic, that’s just eating outside.”
So, what’s the difference? In this case, it was picking up food at a drive through and sitting at a picnic table. And in this person’s opinion, while take-out could be part of a picnic, a picnic is planned – as a destination, maybe a tablecloth or a blanket, along with thought-out activities and food. A picnic is an event that you look forward to, get excited about and remember; having a burger on the closest park bench, on the other hand, is simply eating.
Made me think. This discussion of the nature of picnics offers us a good gauge for just about everything in our lives. Are we showing up to an event each day or just getting through the day as best we can? Are we savouring the time we get to spend with others or just hoping it will be over soon with no fist fights? Are we using the fine china, fancy towels and cloth napkins or are the napkins just out of the glove box with a last-minute fast-food purchase?
I am not so naïve to think that every day can be a picnic feast on a checkered blanket with perfect weather, although I do sometimes dream about the Jane Austen style picnics on the hillside. I am just thinking that the heart of the matter is the planning and the attitude, and that we can do minute-by-minute with a little practice. Take a few picnic moments today, make a few minutes to enjoy.
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“Life needs a few more polka dots and picnics.“Author unknown