Today is #9 in the Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge. The topic for today is "Day Dream Believer. Describe your dream day - without a Migraine to hold you back."
Just the prospect of this makes me like a little girl at Christmas time, full of anticipation and excitement. What day should I plan - a gloriously "normal" day, a day at the beach, a day white water rafting, a day at Disneyworld, a trip to New England for continuing education with my mentors and a jaunt into New York to see a play, a trip to Italy or Africa, the opportunity to go and visit my grandmother in San Antonio? So many enticing possibilities. However, I think if I must choose just one, it will be the opportunity to stuff every bit of fun and laugher I possibly could into one perfectly "normal" day.
I'd awake, get dressed and go throughout the house opening wide all of my curtains - letting the sunshine spill in with no fear of pain. I'd put on my favorite playlist and let music swell throughout my home.
I'd then get ready for work and go and see the amazing families and children with whom I have the privilege of working as a play therapist. Marlie, my therapy dog, and I would jump in the car, riding with the windows down, and hurry to get the play room ready for the special kids who would come. We'd spend the day playing in the sandbox, creating crafts, playing in the playhouse, creating puppet shows, laughing loudly, and listening intently. Noise would be of no concern, and the playroom would ring with the therapeutic sounds of children playing out their fears, their desires, their needs, and their joys.
During lunch, I would walk Marlie around the block and then sit down with my dad, sister and brother for lunch. I'd order a Diet Coke - the nectar of the gods -without having to worry about the aspartame. We'd laugh and reminisce as we like to do about all the funny Jordan antics through the years, remembering mom as if she were still with us. We'd revel in being together the same unit as we use to be years ago, only older now!
Yet because it is my dream day, there would also be time to visit and laugh with my niece and nephew and just enjoy the overwhelming joy I get from being with them and loving them! There would also have to be time to spend with my sister-in-law, maybe at Starbucks which is one of her favorite places, just because she has become one of my dearest friends, and we'd talk about the kids and my brother and other things we held dear.
After work, I'd meet up with friends for dinner - preferably sitting outside to enjoy the sunshine and the weather. As use to be, I'd have to stifle the loudness of my laughter as I relished in the fun and friendship that abounded. There would be stories of past escapades and ones to come. Each of us would leave with our jaws and stomachs aching from the laughter having lost any mascara that we might have had on.
Because it is my dream day, we would then go to a Kathy Troccoli or Chris Tomlin concert and sit down front where we could see and hear everthing without any need to worry about the lights or the sounds. We'd stand and sing along, praising God for His wonderful goodness. We'd laugh over my inevitable tears of joy and feel the bonds of our friendships growing even stronger.
Because in a dream day, we would have unlimited energy, we would head back to my clean and organized home and get out the coke and M&M's for a rousing game of cards complete with James Taylor and Carole King singing loudly in the background. We'd play and laugh until one of our friends (you know who you are) fell asleep on the couch and then we'd keep begging her to play just one more round. We'd end up in giggles that we could not stop because we were so tired but having so much fun.
Because it would then be in the wee hours of the morning, I'd beg the one who fell asleep to spend the night rather than driving home so tired, and we'd sit in the dark and talk about the day, get into one of our silly deep discussions about nothing important, read a devotional together and then sit until she once again fell asleep on the couch.
I'd then gather up my puppies and head for my bed where I would pull out a favorite mystery book and read until I could barely keep my eyes open. I would sink into sleep full of joy and praise and excitement for the blessings of such a wonderfully normal day. And as I did so, I would pray that there could be many, many more gloriously normal days full of so many of the things I use to take for granted.
"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person." Audrey Hepburn
"Against the assault of laughter, nothing can withstand." Mark Twain
"There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor." Charles Dickens
"Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for us'!" Psalm 126:2