One of my two-year-old son’s favorite songs to sing recently is “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music. You know, “Doe, a deer, a female deer; Ray, a drop of golden sun; etc.” He belts it, and also gets it all mixed up. My favorite adaptation that he has made is that he will yell “Ray! A CUP of Golden Sun!”
I mean, why stop at a drop of golden sun when you can have an entire cup?!
So I’ve been thinking about what it means to have a cup of golden sun in your hands, and the image has been speaking powerfully to me. I imagine holding this oversized coffee mug that simply glows as the sunlight spills out from over top of it. Can you picture it? It makes me smile as I think about what makes up my cup o’ sun. What actually makes life sunny to me? What makes things shine a bit brighter? What don’t I want just a drop of, but a whole cup? Here’s part of the list that started running through my head:
- My husband
- My kids
- My parents and family
- An unexpected breeze
- A good book
- A glass of wine
- Getting under the cool sheets at the end of a long day
- Driving with the windows down
- The sound of real laughter
- A fountain diet coke with extra ice
- Sweet tea
- Pictures of my loved ones, especially when we’re making funny faces
- The color yellow
- The big blue sky
- This blog
- New York City
- The sound of a fiddle or a banjo
- A real hug
I could go on and on… honestly, the more I think about my cup of golden sun, the more I realize all that’s in it. Soon it will have to be a thermos and eventually a cooler and perhaps even a truck-load. When I look for it, it’s all around me.
Golden sun, it turns out, expands the more attention you give it. Sure you could stop at a drop-full. A drop-full of sun is a pretty okay thing. But if you invite in a cup-full, soon it will fill every nook and cranny of your day, with things you didn’t even realize or expect. Go on, give it a try.
What is in your Cup of Golden Sun?
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