The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #8

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List the things you like to do that don’t involve technology:

  • I like to read. I always have. When I was six, my mother crawled under the kitchen table  where I was having a sobbing fit because the words I was reading did not make any sense. She looked at what was going on, and with a smile – and a level of patience she was not always known for – explained to me that K-N-E-W was pronounced “NOO,” not – which was the source of my frustration – “CANOE.” It was common, over breakfast, for me say, “Please pass the Corn Flakes,” simply because I had already read everything the Rice Krispies box had to offer. I still like to read the cereal box, when I have cereal. Books were not allowed at other meals when I was a child, but I often rushed through dinner and dishes to get back to a good book. Now that I’m an adult – and often dine alone – books and magazines are grand accompaniment at the dining room table. I always think of books as miracle-workers. From a very young age, they gave me an idea of how other families behaved and how the world worked. I have looked to books to learn a skill, make a repair, or solve a problem. They have given me vast insight into other places and other people, imaginary and real. Books have given me hope when I saw no hope.
  • I like to walk. I’ve become very familiar with the changing scenery down the Fox Lake Road through all seasons of the year. Still, there’s always something fresh about it. A change in the color of the sky, the brightness of the sun or its position overhead makes the whole view brand new. Sometimes I choose a heart-pumping pace; other times I meander. There are days when my mind is full of problems that I am trying to solve. Sometimes, the purpose of the walk is to get away from them. And, sometimes I sing, loud and off-key, for the distance.
  • I like games: board games, card games; word games; dominoes; dice. Solitaire is okay, if there’s no one else around.
  • I like working in the soil. Gardening offers many benefits – that I also enjoy – but in the early spring, when the ground is just warming up, long before the promise of flowers or vegetables, I am out there, on my knees with my hands in the dirt. And I am enjoying myself!
  • I like exercise…a little. And that’s how much time I devote to it.
  • I like to cook.
  • I like crafts. Crochet, mostly, but I’ve enjoyed knitting, sewing, and embroidery, too.
  • I like art. I like the “doing” often as much as the “making” in that often the act of pushing paint around the surface, or shaping clay is every bit as meaningful to me as the product that may come of it.
  • I like writing. Though I use the computer for most of the writing I do these days, I have several volumes of sappy, melodramatic and angst-y journals that I wrote by hand through most of my adult life. And, if the hours in my days ever expand to allow time for it again, I’ll add it back in. There’s something about the physical act of putting words on the page – different than typing them onto a computer screen – that makes it more meaningful.

 

 

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About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

7 responses »

  1. Books can be miracle workers, indeed. I smiled to read your under-the-table story. Think of how much they’ve enriched our world over the years! I also smiled to read of the different paces you take when you walk. Me too. I never know if it will be a meandering type walk, or much brisker. It can be surprising. It sounds like you like to do many things. It sounds like a life rich with possibilities.

    • Thanks for this, Kathy! I think my age – and yours, not too many years behind me – contributes to my list. It makes me sad to think of how young people might struggle for answers for this list. It seems technology has permeated almost every area of life!

  2. I can imagine you have plenty of time to devote to things that don’t involve technology where you live. Obviously, you’ve listed several things. As much as I like playing with technology, it’s just that, and never replaces the realness of doing things with my own hands or having relationships in person. Your post made me think about a list of my own…

    • I think the main thing, Sara, is my age. We grew up without technology – television was brand new and access strictly limited in my childhood home, and we didn’t have a telephone until I was 10 years old – so that is a familiar world. I do not yet have a cell phone, so that limits time and access…which I see as a good thing. Sometimes I think how much fuller – and more productive – my life would be without this computer…but can’t bring myself to give it up. Thank you for reading, Sara, and for these comments!

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