Blue Zone Day
Yesterday was a Blue Zone Day. I had stayed overnight in Minneapolis after speaking there on Friday. Grandson RJ was waiting for Papa J first thing Saturday morning. We went to the park, where we hunted for pine cones for him to throw, and robins for him to chase on the vacant soccer fields. Then I walked, while he ran, to the playground at the other end of the park. Last year, at only 2, he could do some of the ladders and slides. Now he is king of all ladders and slides!
The drive home was bright, sunny, and warm. A pleasant change after a cold, wet spring. Waiting for me were the first daffodils of the season for our yard. 2 days earlier we had leaves and buds, but no flowers.
Evening was a multimedia feast of “The Planets” by Gustav Holst with video of scenes inspired by the music. (The music has been used as background in a number of films.) Our local symphony perfomed the music very well, co-ordinating with the video. Then a reception to view the original artworks (pen & ink, watercolors, pastels) while talking with the visual and auditory artists over munchies and adult beverages.
Life is good, if you take the time to enjoy it. Do so. A few minutes every day is good. A rare full day is even better.
Jay Ginther, MD