Today reminded me of Czech. Not only did it help that my afternoon was spent with Tyler and that I read a book about a region of Czech (Ponaszymu - a dialect in Silesia), but the pace of life was like Czech on this fine September day.
It's not very often that I get to sit on a blanket on the grass and read. The sun was warm and the birds chirped softly. Tyler and Lara's shared yard sits right near where the Metra train passes every 20 minutes, but it's charming as it speeds by in its usual patterns. Otherwise, all you see is trees and the occasional deer from this plot of grass behind their home.
We picked up Lara from work and then had a quiet evening of making dinner together and watching a "Miyazaki" movie (they're some of our favorites, actually). Risotto and tea and cinnamon cake and the quiet of a home outside the city center - a splendid evening with two people I dearly love.
In Czech, people will sit outside and just enjoy the sun, or go for walks "just because". It's a bit of a slower pace of life, and one that I admire and miss when life gets busy here. But slowing down is possible on this side of the ocean too, of course, and it is needed and important to rest.
What's the best way for you to slow down and enjoy a day? I'd love to hear.
P.S. In the spirit of the title of this post, here's a little quote from Mr. Rogers:
"You've made this day a special day, by just your being you."