This week's topic on Romance Writers Weekly is short but sweet. Leslie Hachtel asks:
Describe your perfect day.
Wow – there's so much to consider in these 4 simple words. What is perfect? And how could any day be perfect unless it never ended? After all, knowing something is coming to an end is bittersweet, and colours the whole time leading up to it.
Another point to consider – is this perfect day how I'd like to spend the rest of my life? Or is it just a gem to enjoy every once in a while? Appreciation for anything good often comes from "the bad times." As I write this, I am sitting outside on a clear, warm day, with the sound of the pond's waterfall trickling. If our winters weren't so cold and dark, would I be enjoying this moment as much? Maybe not. So I don't think I'd want my perfect day to be every day.
It would be full of simple things. It would start with a sunny morning, just warm enough to sit outside while I have my first coffee (made by my husband, of course) but with a freshness to the air that makes me feel rejuvenated. After a light, delicious breakfast (maybe fresh strawberries on cereal) I would sit down to write for three or four hours. I usually only have a chance to write an hour or so each day, squeezing it in between chores and errands and work, so this would be a true luxury. Also, I think every day is better if we feel we've accomplished something useful or creative.
The afternoon might involve a long walk with our dog, at one of the beautiful trails in the area. And then I'd make a gourmet meal for dinner, which would be attended by family and friends. I like to cook, so that's why it's part of my perfect day. But the way to make it truly perfect would be to have the kitchen magically clean itself. I don't like to clean, and it wouldn't feel right having others clean for me on my perfect day, so the mess would just have to disappear in a poof and swoosh.
The day would end with conversation, music and games. Our family loves to play games of all sorts (usually cards) and it is a wonderful way to spend time with people. We'd have snacks and drinks, and laugh a lot, and maybe dance a little to some classic hits from the eighties and nineties (because after all, that's the best music, right?)
What would your perfect day be like? Would it be to stay at home like mine? Or are you more adventurous and extroverted? I'd love to hear from you! Once you've dropped me a line, be sure to head over to the instigator of this blog, Leslie Hachtel and see what her day would be like.