Good morning! Welcome to Tuesday; I hope your week is off to a great start.
I’ve been thinking a lot about tradition lately, about the comfort that comes from sticking close to what you love, and about the thrill that comes from trying something new. We have some long-standing Easter traditions in my family, and I have some not-quite as long standing traditions here online, and both of these areas of my life got a good shaking up over the past few days.
Thrilling, indeed: it turns out that moving away from tradition was the perfect way to create some new memories with Shutterbug Sis. It was also the perfect way to brighten up my little corner of the internet.
We’ll start with the memories. Never mind that Shutterbug Sis and I are supposedly adults now – if we’re at our parent’s house during Easter, we get Easter baskets. That’s the tradition, anyway. But it appears that since my parent’s big move last summer, certain elements of this tradition have gotten, shall we say, revamped.
Yes, I’m trying my best to put a brave face on it, but the truth is, the worst had happened. You guys, this weekend I couldn’t find my Easter basket.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in my case, this turned out to be true. I was motivated by a very necessary need for magazines, chocolate, and Calvin Klein.
… yes, Calvin Klein. The Easter Bunny has always brought me pretty, girly, things along with my chocolate, and while to this day I can’t tell you exactly how that particular tradition began, I do appreciate it. It seems … spring-like, somehow.
Spring-like thoughts aside, I wanted my chocolate and celebrity gossip, and Shutterbug Sis wanted her holiday photo op. So, we made it work:
The other change to our annual plans was that we weren’t actually at my parent’s house for Easter. If you visited me here yesterday, then you know we were with friends in Georgian Bay. As was the case with my “revamped” Easter basket, the change allowed us to have some fun with the scenery:
With those brightly coloured decorations we’ll move on, appropriately enough, to brightening up my little corner of the internet. (See what I did there? A nice little side effect of all that Easter chocolate).
If you’re a regular reader you’ve probably noticed that I’m happy to talk about anything and everything here with you. You might also have noticed that “anything and everything” comes with a little asterisk beside it. The details of the break-up I went through this winter, for instance, won’t be found here, and neither will the names of the folks I spend my days with in Corporate World. As much as this blog helps me to process the world, there are parts of the world that I just don’t want to invite in here.
Recently I moved away from that tradition too, and started a conversation that could have been fraught with unwelcome-blog-iness with a fellow WordPresser who I just love to bits. As with my
Easter Hallow’een festive basket, though, it turned into something that was memorable for all the right reasons.
Like I said at the beginning of this post: thrilling, indeed.
Was there a time in your life when you shook things up and got great results? Did you know you’d get great results at the time, or did the good karma come later? I’d love to hear all about it in the Comments! We’re going to continue this theme with tomorrow’s Wordful Wednesday, and more of Shutterbug Sis’s photos will be making an appearance, too. Hope to see you there,