Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The {Re} creation

Three days a weeks, for
six weeks, we've been road
warriors, hustling out of the
house each morning at 7:30,
my 15 year-old son at the
wheel of the car, me riding
shotgun as we travel the
backroads to his fitness
boot camp.

Each day, we passed
this sign.  

The first time it caught my eye,
I saw the word re-create.

re-create:  to create anew; reproduce

But as this delightfully
night summer continues to
unfold, I had a different 
thought as we zoomed past
the sign this morning.

Maybe it's recreate.

recreate:  to amuse (oneself or
someone else)

Though nearly identical in their
spelling, re-create and recreate
have distinct pronunciations
and definitions, and the more
that idea nested inside my
head, the more it made me 


[from Latin recreare, to invigorate
or renew, from re + creare, to create]


Because Northern summers,
in their short but brilliant
span, implore us to recreate.

Brisk morning walks and
leisurely evening strolls.

Bike rides and boat rides.

Porch time and beach time.

Festivals and fairs.

Gardening and fruit picking.

Sight seeing and travel

Concerts and barbecues.

And the wonder of all these
amusements is that
when we recreate, something
new is born inside of us.

We re-create ourselves,
just a tiny bit.

Can this symbiosis between
recreate and re-create also
go the other way?

I do believe it does.

When we are totally immersed
in an activity intended to improve
something about ourselves ~

bike further
walk faster
cook more adventurously
listen more intently
design a better garden
read more books
learn a new sport
brush up language skills
practice music

the act of being intently
in the moment becomes


at the same time its goal is


Time flies as we are lost
in the flow of our endeavor,
which can bring both peace
and relaxation.

For me, a drive in the country ~
recreation ~ reignites my
creativity, as I tune out the 
to-dos and simply focus on the 
sky, the undulating grasses, grazing
animals, barns and other sweet
rural sights.

It's a soul-full balm that
never fails to soothe.

For my husband, it's the wind
in his face and the race of 
his pulse as he clocks the miles
on his bicycle, hoping to improve
his speed (re-create) at the same
time that he savors the ride (recreates).

It fills his energy bank.

For our daughter, hours perfecting
an artwork in progress (re-creating)
feels like minutes as she becomes
absorbed in the process (recreating).

There is no boundary between
definitions when she's in the groove.

Recreation is as vital to our souls
as nourishment is to our bodies.
Without it, we eventually wither
like a plant deprived of light 
or water.

As bustling as our summer days
have been, I'm going to miss these
mornings of driving with my boy,
the bucolic roads coming alive
with sunlight and bird song,
recreation and re-creation 
for a spirit that is thirsty 

for both.

Recreation's purpose is not to 
kill time, but to make life, not to
keep a person occupied, but to
keep them refreshed; not to offer
an escape from life, but to provide
a discovery of life.

~ Anonymous

How do you recreate - (re-create)?


all images my own



Ah, two lovely words for our summer. Thanks, Suzanne.


Joyti said...

Your Northern summer is beautiful :)

As for me and re-creating, I have a few weeks to go to start thinking of how to re-create my life :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a lovely, thoughtful post, Suzanne...and your photos are BEAUTIFUL! You always make me think of things in new ways. For me, summer is all about those special times recreating and making memories with the family...feeds my soul...
Hope you have many more special moments this summer, my friend! Hope to see you soon!

Estate Lore said...

Thank you for the inspiration to think about my own re-creations and recreations. This is a new way to look at them and see how they are intertwined, and to see that often times one is the cause or effect of the other. (The recent Wellness Seminar that I attended, it was for re-creation. Your post also made me realize the process of this was my recreation.) You have the gift to say it so succinctly though! :)

Dianna said...

A beautifully done post, Suzanne. I've come to expect nothing less of you than to cause me to think! And I smiled all the way through the reading. Now I'm smiling as I begin to think!

You are a treasure. :)

Lucy martin said...
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Lucy martin said...

Love this,such wonderful thoughts.
Summer time is my absolutely favorite season...the gardens,the time with my kids, the food and long days outside...what's not to love about summer?

Seawashed Kerrie said...

I am right there with your re-creation is art. But a good walk every day refreshes my spirit to flow creatively.

Glad to hear you are enjoying every moment with your children this Summer. I am doing the same. xx

Jenny said...

That's great, Suzanne. I can't imagine how your mind copes with so many creative thoughts swimming around in it. You are so right about recreate. See my new blog, and sign up if you haven't. I'm closing my other one. Enjoy the rest of your summer. xo Jenny

Anonymous said...

As always, beautiful, Suzanne. Pictures are gorgeous. Love the word analysis/comparison. I need both of these terribly! Looking forward to a week of both soon. Needs to be more than a week, though...time flies too quickly. Life whizzes by. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Always so great to have a post from you in my inbox :) Love your thoughtful words, enjoying summer to the fullest. xo

Mary Timmers said...

So brautifully written, Suzanne. Maybe if summer lasted any longer than it does, we wouldn't appreciate it like we do. We need its refreshment and recharging. I'm especially enjoying this summer with its cooler weather. So nice to have the windows and doors open. Thanks for the sweet thoughts.


Rambling Tart said...

I love this so much. :-) I have several different ways I do this: cooking and savoring each step, creating art and loving the process, hiking and stopping to take photos of what makes my heart sing. :-)

Julie said...

thought provoking. :-) Summer IS short here...and lately I feel it is slipping away. We have missed our bike treks lately. But hopefully that "recreating" will get started back up soon. In the mean time, porch life is filling in the gaps between much work to be done. Love your post. Glad you have the time with your guy. Big Hugs Suzanne. xoxox

Just a little something from Judy said...

I like that you cause me to think, and challenge me to add new dimensions to my life and my thought processes. Along with that, your photography never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for sharing this lovely summer post.

michele said...

beautiful images speaking volumes, suzanne. smiles to you.


Alison Agnew said...

Our northern summer has been lovely this year. Short, but gorgeous. I love to read, to go for walks, and snap photos of what's around me. And sing. Lift my voice in praise and adoration. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


Felicity said...

Recreation through recreation - I love the loop of this thought.
You always delight and encourage me to think and this post is no exception. Thank you.
The image of the long trunked trees particularly captured my eye and heart, you are a gift.