You know those days that start out in a way that seem to be just like any other, yet by the end of the night, you just know that you will remember it forever? Not because something drastically life changing had happened, but because it was a day where you truly felt happy; that completely content with the world kind of happy. Well today was one of those days and if you have any idea what the last two years have been like for my family, then you will understand completely just how much of a blessing a day like this was.

Today I woke up to the sun shining and a slight breeze blowing in through the small opening in my window that instantly made me smile. I started out my day like every other – a trip to the bathroom, a glass of warm lemon juice and a bowl of homemade muesli with berries and rice milk. It wasn’t the start to my morning that was out of the ordinary though, it was the fact that for the first time in a really, really long time, I had the entire day to myself. No doctors appointments, no physio appointments, no grocery shopping to be done, no bedroom/bathroom/kitchen to be cleaned and nowhere to be except exactly where I wanted to be.

So with the sun shining and a beautiful day all to myself, I put on my bikinis, woke up my sleeping beauty of a boyfriend, messaged my bestfriend to come over and we headed to the pool. Like always though, our plan seemed to be much better in theory than in reality. Don’t be fooled world, the sun may have been shining, but that in no way stopped the icicles from forming in the pool. The place we once knew as ‘The Aquatic Centre’ had been frozen into our very own Antarctica. Needless to say, I was not impressed.

Now, I’m not one to handle a change in temperature very well, but for the good of the group, I put on a brave face and entered Antarctica. I’m not going to lie though, for a good couple of minutes there, I was certain that I had turned into a penguin. Not to worry though, the trip hadn’t been a complete failure, I did develop a new found understanding of what life would be like for an Eskimo. Never again.

So with the pool idea not exactly going to plan, we headed home. For the record, this is about where things start to get interesting. With two boys at home (note the term boys and not men), both being Christophers – the definitition of trouble, things tend to get a little bit competitive at times. Especially where the ping pong table is concerned. So, as fate would have it, it didn’t take long before a “Mine is bigger than Yours” competition arose, with the rest of the family quick to jump in on the excitement.

Now before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here is a quick background on our ping pong team: we have Boyfriend, who is a complete stud and the current reigning champion. We have Brother, who although he remained a solid 10 points behind Boyfriend during every game, still likes to believe he is a superstar. We have Dad, who is slightly handicapped but who still managed to put up quite a fight. We have Mum, who after much dedication finally convinced Boyfriend to play her right handed instead of left handed and still managed to lose. We have the Bestfriend, who in her prime could have been quite a contender, however was lucky to keep her pants on during todays game, and then we have myself, who couldn’t even charm her way to the win. To be honest though, I was just happy to be able to pick up the ping pong bat and actually make contact with the ball. I was rather impressive if I do say so myself.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting my family, you would know that once all of us get together (on a good day) it’s nothing but never ending jokes, the occassional personal attack and a whole bunch of laughter. So, I would say that going by the topic of conversation, the endless giggles in the background and the smiles on every one of our faces, I’m going to have to say that today was definately a good day.

It was what happened next that surprised me the most. I didn’t realise at first that I had become so familiar with sitting back from the crowd and watching things happen, so this caught me a little off guard. I was sitting on the couch playing with Boyfriend’s phone when I looked up and realised just how much I was missing out on. Dad was laughing, Brother was teasing anyone and everyone, even Mum was in on the jokes and just like that, it hit me almost instantaneously. 

Within seconds, the phone I was once so interested in had fallen from my hands and back onto the couch, where it stayed for the rest of the afternoon.

Days like this don’t come around as often as they should. They’re fleeting, so when they do pop up within reach you need to grab them with both hands and enjoy every single last second. Today, I am proud to say that is exactly what I did.

2012; it is only Day 2 and you are already proving to be a life changing year. If I didn’t know better, I would say you are going to be exactly what the doctor ordered – a breath of fresh air.

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