What makes it all go round

We had our little summer break last weekend and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We ate leisurely meals, we stopped at the side of the road to enjoy the view, we chatted with locals in shops, we danced the night away, we gazed at the stars. It was a truly glorious experience.

Now we are back in the hustle and bustle of our regular summer life and it feels like those days are miles away. As I was shaking my head this morning bemoaning my lack of free time I remembered how much fun we had. I had to give my head another shake; those few days were a reminder to feel grateful and enjoy every moment. That's something you do all the time, not just on holiday.

I got a beautiful email from a new reader last week who thanked me for sharing my sense of nostalgic wonder at the Wauconda Sock Hop. I smiled when I read the email, feeling proud that I had helped make someone else smile. And I thought of her when I and my piece of pie this year (lemon meringue), baked by a 95 year-old member of the Women's Club. The pie made me smile, and I bet the baker smiled as she was rolling out her delectable pastry too. I could taste the happiness.

That taste is what makes the world go round, I thought. For me, food is a great catalyst for happy experiences and memories. For others, it's music or art or nature. The moments we get to enjoy those elements are when we get refuelled; they are what get us through the silly or sad times in between. Tom Robbins, one of my favourite writers, once said:

"It's never to late to have a happy childhood."

If you love nostalgia, Wauconda and Winthrop are fantastic places to visit. If you need to stay closer to home, how about a night at the drive-in? Starlight Theatre in Enderby encourages early entry so you can pack a picnic and maybe a frisbee for fun. Or maybe just quality time with family and friends... We catered a 75th birthday dinner this week and the guest of honour had this pearl of wisdom to share:

"People make fun. And fun makes people."

I'm two thirds of the way to 75 years - I think I'll spend my next 25 years getting better at fun, and not work.

Here's hoping you have a fun week!

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


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