Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Jolly Holiday

This is day 14 in my 31 Days series on sustainable dwelling. For an introduction and more posts, head here!

Yesterday was Butterfly Day. Don't worry, you won't have heard about it - when I was about 8 or 9, I decided that on the second Tuesday of October, you should have a picnic lunch, go on a hike to watch for migrating butterflies (we lived on the monarchs' migration route), and have off school (I was homeschooled - and the last point was the primary point of the holiday). But Mum agreed - and then continued to observe it every year (she still does).

So I got to celebrate the 15th annual Butterfly Day this year with Brooklyn and Tobin. We didn't end up being able to go to the park (part of my original plan), but we stopped by Dempsey Bakery for cookies and lunch, and spent some time butterfly-watching from the balcony, instead.

I love having a family holiday. Not that there aren't plenty of random Days through out the year (days for celebrating foods, pastimes, hobbies, fictional characters... I used to observe Bilbo's birthday - until I met Adam, whose birthday is also September 22, and stopped out of deference to him), but there's something fun about having a "Calvin-ball"esque day that can be tailored to the needs and preferences of us, in the moment.

It originally involved butterfly shaped pancakes for breakfast - that's since evolved, with last year being vegan Loblolly sorbet from the Green Corner Store (it was a hot day) and this year being cookies from the local allergy-friendly bakery. Appreciate the outdoors and think fluttery thoughts are really the only set parameters. Maybe in a few years it can involve a hike at Pinnacle Mountain...

It's great having an excuse to find good trails and picnicking spots and cookie/ice cream sources, wherever we go, in preparation for Butterfly Day - because often what keeps us from exploring a new place is that we've already found the necessities and don't bother to look further. But this gives me motivation, a reason, and a deadline for exploration, whether that's in a totally new city or simply because I'd like to do something different from the year before.

If you created your own family holiday, what would it be? Get creative with reasons for seeking out local businesses over familiar chains!

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