Katie, over at Making This Home, says the best way to start a conversation is to ask someone, “What’s making you excited these days?”
I LOVE THAT.
I mean, think about how often we run into an acquaintance or friend and say, “So, how are things?” Inevitebly, they/we always answer, “Things are good!” or “Oh, we’re fine. Just a little sick and worn down but nothing terrible to report.” Or “Nothing new, how about you?” (As if that’s ever the truth, right?)
Sometimes, the “How are you” question just seems forced, or common, or not genuine, or habitual so we answer them like robots.
I’m going to start asking people what’s making them excited these days, and see what responses I get.
I’ll start first.
I’m excited to start wearing my beat up, long sleeve, moisture wicking Nike running shirt again because mornings are cooling down. I’m excited Jonathan brought home a few bottles of wine last week, and that I get to enjoy a glass next to a flickering candle. I’m excited every time Anna makes it to the bottom of the slide, and we clap our hands and smile together. I’m excited about a visit to the pumpkin patch and making crock pot applesauce, and spending an entire long afternoon by myself this coming Thursday. I’m excited to landscape our front yard planters this weekend, and to babysit Everett, and to meet baby Noah. I’m excited for my sister on her big world travels, and for my new gold sneakers and that Christmas is just around the corner. I’m excited to meet Alysun (one of Jonathan’s many cousins) at his family reunion next month because I feel like I practically know her from so many years reading her blog. And, I’m really excited that Trader Joe’s has restored our family to eating ice cream again because their dairy free coconut milk chocolate flavor is LEGIT.
Your turn! Go!
[also: please note: the above sneakers are not the actual gold sneakers I own. But aren’t they awesome?]