Lesson 1292 – What’s on your bucket list?


“Had a perfect day!”

My dad died a few months ago and just recently his brother, my uncle, died. It’s been hard on everyone including mom. On the ride down to the funeral in Maryland I had a discussion with mom about having a bucket list (first I had to explain what a bucket list was) It’s not about dying (like in the movie) it’s about living, I told my mom, even my kids have bucket lists.

What are the things you want to do that would make you really happy, I coached her.

My mom thought and came up with 3 things to put on her list:

– A Thimble Island cruise

– An old fashioned root beer float

– A weekend in New Hampshire in the fall where she could see the leaves and eat pancakes with real maple syrup.

Yesterday mom called me and she was so excited. “I just did something on my bucket list!” she giggled (yes, she actually giggled.) The retirement home where she lives was offering a day trip to go on a cruise around the Thimble Islands (she lives near the shore in Connecticut.) My mom put her name on the list to go, then was frightened that she wouldn’t be able to do it (she uses a walker) and she crossed her name off. But the other residents convinced her to go. She told me that she was still scared, but she decided to do it.

So she did. (ahem, that’s my mom for you)

And she said she had a great time. The weather was perfect and she felt safe the entire time. “It was beautiful, Wendy!”

I was grinning. This was incredible. My mom’s been struggling emotionally since dad died and for her to get out is FANTASTIC!!

Mom, really, that’s something else. Have I told you lately that you’re awesome?

And you want to know what else is incredible? They stopped at a restaurant on the way back to the home and my mom ordered a root-beer float.

More grins.

Mom, you’ve got to get to work on adding more to your bucket list. A bucket list is all about enjoying being alive and as long as you’re breathing – no one, absolutely no one should ever have an empty one.



Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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2 responses to “Lesson 1292 – What’s on your bucket list?

  1. Suddenly Jamie (@suddenlyjamie)

    What a lovely and hopeful story, Wendy. I have to admit that I don’t have a formal bucket list, but reading this I’m thinking I might just have to put one together. So sorry for all the loss your family has suffered recently, but so very happy to hear of your mom getting out, enjoying life, and – maybe best of all – giggling. That’s beyond awesome. 🙂

  2. Marcia

    Wendy, I wanted to tell you what a lovely post this is, and how creative of you to come up with the bucket list idea to ease your Mom out of dispair and back into the “life stream”. What a great way to lift her spirits (and yours!).

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