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Any given Sunday afternoon

Updated on July 28, 2011

Any given Sunday afternoon

Sunday's should be for relaxing and engaging in leisure activities. Whether you spend time with your kids, grandkids, partners or just yourself, make it a day of stepping away from the normal routines of the rest of the week.

Too many people in today's race-against-time tend to feel guilty when it comes to taking time out, doing nothing. Even though what they consider to be nothing is in fact something very important to a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Children don't have to be encouraged to take time out, it comes naturally, but children also learn by example so it's up to us to set a good one. Many parents arrange play dates for their kids, out of necessity, to work around their own busy schedules. Perhaps it would be a good idea to do it for themselves as well so we teach children that it's alright to take time out to smell the roses.

Remember when you were a kid and you reached that moment when you couldn't wait to grow up... to go from ten to thirteen in one fell swop, then to anxiously await sixteen and then... and then what? When you arrived at your age of desire did it feel like what you had imagined? Probably not for most and somewhat for the rest. Why were we in such a rush to grow up or at least get older? Some of us never grow up, but is that a bad thing? I'm a responsible adult, however, I don't consider myself to be grown up.

To be a grown up, what is that? You're short you grow tall, then you grow old and get short again. What's the rush? I tried very hard not to pass this legacy onto my own kids. I encouraged them everyday to cherish and enjoy everything around them and still do. Of course I want them to succeed in life, but mostly I want them to be happy and age without regrets.

Take it all in, make time everyday for an 'any given Sunday afternoon' moment. What does that mean? Look up to the sky and watch the clouds go by, change shape, what do you see? Every town or city has pigeons that return to roost on a rooftop just before sunset, find them; watch as they gracefully circle time after time before alighting for the night. Open your ears and hear the birds' melodic seranade or the breeze rustling through the leaves of the tree you may not realize is even there. Thrill at the sight of a hawk or a butterfly, share your excitement with those around you. Sure, a total stranger might look at you as though you've lost your mind, but their a total stranger! Who cares?

A few weeks ago my neighbour decided to trim a hedge that divides our two properties. Well, he butchered it, but that's another hub. The result was that as I was pulling weeds in my front garden, one of my 'any given Sunday afternoon' moments, I lifted a piece of moss and squinted to make out what lay beneath. At first I thought it to be a leaf, then a misplaced small. plastic toy. As my hand neared to pick it up it moved backward. Although misplaced, it wasn't a toy, but a tiny, bright green tree frog who's home had once been in the now dilapidated hedge. I was so excited (this is one example of me not being grown up) I wanted to show someone my treasured find. I was disappointed when I remembered there wasn't anyone else home. Then, voila, a little girl and her mom walking home from school miraculously appeared. In my excitement I shouted out, 'have you ever seen a tree frog?'. Yes, mom was stunned, confused, a bit taken aback. I'm sure her initial impression was that I was a crazy lady, but the little girl responded with a smile and a giggle, 'no, do you have one?'. I motioned mom and daughter to come peek under the moss to behold a frightened, misplaced little green frog. They stayed staring at it for a good five minutes and we talked about how sad it was that he didn't have a home anymore, there is a lesson in everything if we look for it. Then mom thanked me for stopping them to share something they had never seen before and they continued on their way with a story to tell.

Oh, how I love not being grown up, but always growing, sharing and finding excitement in the small joys of any given Sunday afternoon regardless of the weekday.

This hub is one of those moments, I hope you enjoy it and the photos of the green tree frog. Now I'm off to the dyke with my husband and cat, yet another hub to come, for this Sunday afternoon's adventure.

The late George Carlin said it best, there's a link for his wisdom below.

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and I now look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      We always take time out...you must make time to do so...after all who's going to give to you? Very enjoyable and informative Hub. You've gained a new follower.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks for the visit, grandchildren? I don't have grandchildren, but thanks for the compliment even though I am old enough. LOL

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      Cristopher Chasse 

      8 years ago from Boston

      your too young for grandchildren :)

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thank you for your lovely comments, I appreciate them.

      Ditto on Sunday's being a family day. My husband began a new job a few months ago so we've had to make our Sunday a Wednesday; Tuesday becomes Saturday; and Thursday is Monday in our house now. LOL

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Beautiful hub Carmen! I like its simple yet profound message and I love your photos of the frog. I've never seen a frog this green!

      We always try to keep our Sundays as family day. So it's our time to stay home and just enjoy each others company.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Both my parents have past away and my mother-in-law who is 99, truly, 100 next August, lives a ways away. I try to get my kids over as a family as often as I can. Thanks for the visit.

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      mistywild 

      8 years ago from Houston, TX (Proud Texan)

      I enjoy and agree with your outlook on Sunday afternoons, I usually spend it with my parents or my in-laws.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      this is the first article i have read from you, I wish i could give more depth into my writings like this, making simple topics in depth....I am proud to be one of your fan!

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      akirchner, I loved George Carlin. He was a bit too political on occasion, but always made me laugh. My kids think he's hilarious, too. Thanks for stopping by.

      Philent, I'm glad you read it too and thanks for that. I'm going to take some time today to catch up with my fans.

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      Philent 

      8 years ago

      Yes nothing to rush about. I'm glad I've read this one. It is so light that it made me loosen up. Thank you.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I can't believe you have George Carlin's "thing" on aging - I just sent that to my mom (80) - and she didn't think it was funny - too much. I think it is hilarious! And too bad it's all true....he was always one of my favs as he had a knack for saying things before it was cool to say it.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Georgina, I'm glad I was able to make you feel relaxed. Any given Sunday is whatever we make it and on whatever day!

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      Georgina_writes 

      8 years ago

      Love your hub on Sundays. If only my Sundays could be relaxed like this! I think we all need to take a little time out, but so many people lead busy lives that it's a matter of sneaking some relaxation where you can. Just reading this made me feel relaxed!

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks for reading. Yes, I'm certain there is no turning back the hands of time, but as long as we take time to stop and smell the roses we're ahead of the game.

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      Margaret Morris 

      8 years ago

      I enjoyed this, Carmen. I've thought very often that it would be nice if everything was closed down on Sunday, as it used to be, but there's no going back. Good advice to live in the present and find Sunday moments any day. I was sitting on my back steps one day (have chairs but sometimes need a new view) and a grasshopper crawled across me. It took quite a while to get him back onto the grass. Those are the little moments that bring me back to nature and make me forget everything else for a while.

      Keep writing!

      Margaret

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks, not sure if he did or not. He was under the moss for a couple of days and I didn't seem him again. I hope he went back into the hedge from hence he came.

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      John Z 

      8 years ago from Midwest

      "Pushing 54", I really enjoyed this hub. I hope the frog found a home though. Great hub!

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Eileen, you're right about making any day a Sunday kind of day. I had one on Tuesday LOL

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      carmen, yes thats a great hub and a very interesting topic. Years ago sunday used be a day of rest, but like others suggest with the bigger stores staying open now so many people have to work sundays. those should make it another day to share time with their familys and take time to look and the beautiful things around us and not look for the worst side of everything.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Yes, I think they should have left Sunday as a day of rest, but many people who work that day are probably grateful to have the job.

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      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      A nice warm Hub. Sunday's should be for resting but it's changing now. In the UK, lots of people now go to work on Sunday and all the shops/supermarkets now open on Sunday. (It never used to be like that years ago).

      Thanks for sharing.

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      Haha, yeah, I spoonerized Walrus. I do have a poem on him, and another story of one that flies. LOL In the mornings my voice is much like Sam's. Later it loosens up a bit. One day you understand how I chose ralwus. Bless you, CC

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Howdy ralwus... haha I just got it... walrus LOL. I don't know why, but whenever I read what you write I hear Sam Elliot, must be the mustache! Thanks for stopping by and I'll never part with the kid in me!

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      Don't part with your childhood. When it is gone you may still exist but you have ceased to live. Everyday now is a Sunday for me and I so do love reverting back to an irresponsible eleven year old. Great Sunday hub with sound advice. thanks CC

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      Siny J 

      8 years ago from Delhi, India

      Nice hub, thanks for sharing

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      8 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      I'm hoping our sons will come for dindin today to celebrate my husband starting a new career tomorrow. Maybe go for a walk on the dyke. Thanks for sharing.

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      1weddingsource 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Good content Carmen. Yeah Sunday is a family day and unwinding all the stress from the days of work. We spend this time watching vcds just at home and eating.

    • Carmen Borthwick profile imageAUTHOR

      Carmen Borthwick 

      9 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      Thanks so much for your comments. Hub Pages is a great place to be and RedElf, I will checkout HubMobs. I haven't had much of a chance to delve into all that is offered.

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      What wonderful advice...it's so nice that you aren't a grown up! Looking forward to more. :)

    • Enelle Lamb profile image

      Enelle Lamb 

      9 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I think tree frogs are just the coolest - and the dikes are rife with wildlife =) can hardly wait to read your next Sunday installment...

    • RedElf profile image

      RedElf 

      9 years ago from Canada

      So many interesting Hubs in such a short time. Well met, indeed, and welcome to Hub Pages. I shall enjoy reading more of your writings.

      Make sure you check out the weekly HubMobs, too ; They can be an interesting source for topics, and a great place to meet people.

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