One of our nearby neighbors put out an all call for birthday cards for her father who is turning 88. She’d like to surprise him with 88 cards to celebrate 88 years. It got me thinking. Rusty and I turn 50 this year. What if we found 50 ways to celebrate our big accomplishment?
My birthday is December 28th, which is a terrible time for a birthday. By the time my special day comes around everyone is sick of gathering and broke. Rusty’s big day is 6 weeks later, which lands during February Vacation. Up until the last few years, we generally waited to do something during that week. This past week we celebrated in Florida surrounded by our immediate family. Our grandson planned the party, wrote the list of items to purchase and decorated the hotel room (with a little help from Nanny).
Christopher is 7, and his sister Alexis is just 2 years old. They don’t know… They just know that they have a Papa that loves them, is silly with them, and sometimes needs a time out and a snack, just like they do.
Years ago, my roommates from college urged me to make a bucket list. I have no idea where I put it, but I sent them a copy and they remind me that I need to be working on it, fairly regularly. I do think that some things were fairly unrealistic, but many were doable and affordable. This made me start thinking…
What if we created a Bucket List of sorts, that incorporated a 50 year celebration of life? What would we put on our list? What could we do to celebrate, in 50 affordable ways, with the final celebration landing during February Vacation of next year?
The trick is that my husband has been diagnosed with Frontotemperal Dementia, which is progressing fairly quickly. This means that crowds are challenging. He has been recently approved for SSDI, which also means we are on a very strict budget. And…we live in Maine, which means that the weather can be tricky. Here, is where you come in:
If you could do something that is fairly quiet- with few crowds, had to stick to a fairly strict budget, and work around tricky weather, what would you do? Here are some of my thoughts:
1. Go on a Ferry ride and spend the day on one of the islands.
2. Picnic at the base of Mt. Katahdin.
3. Canoe down the St. Croix river.
4. Walk the sandy beach at Acadia and look for shells.
5. Test drive a Saab Convertible.
6. Walk up to the Cross at Camp Fair Haven.
7. Laugh until my stomach aches with my roommates from college.
8. Get my gun permit.
9. Target shoot with Rusty’s 243.
10. Watch our daughter teach.
11. See our youngest graduate.
12. Get another pot belly pig.
13. Take the train and go to a show in Boston and go to the Amphitheater.
14. Plant tall trees in our berms.
15. See Niagra Falls.
16. Grill out on the deck at the farm.
17. Take a long walk through the sugar bush.
18. Learn to make blueberry pie.
19. Spend the entire day with each of our siblings.
20. Get fishing licenses
21. Go canoeing a lot.
22. Visit all the State Parks.
23. Go whale watching.
24. Find a starfish.
25. Go sliding.
26. Go snowshoeing.
27. Take a boat on Moosehead.
28. Take a cruise on the Katahdin Steamboat.
29. Go camping.
30. Take a hot air balloon ride.
31. Be the first to see the sunrise on the eastern most part of Maine while sipping hot coffee.
32. Take a cruise with Contemporary Christian artists.
33. Go horse back riding.
34. Go back to Florida to see the Mayport beaches and the other half of our family.
35. Visit as many Maine lighthouses as possible.
36. Fly a kite.
You can see, that this may be difficult. Some things just might have to be done without Rusty, and it just may not be realistic while holding down a full-time job. However, the list may help when we need something to do. So to those who know us… help! What can we add to the list, and how can we celebrate next February? Any suggestions?