Finding Joy


Robin Botie of Ithaca, New York, welcomes first day of summer

Starting today, I will find a thousand things to be joyful about this summer.

Petunias, wildflowers, the perfume of cut grass, crisp salads, dogs in life jackets, fireflies, campfires, berry-picking, polished toenails, green, the nightly frog chorus, the sun, thunderstorms, Cayuga Lake, afternoons on a boat with friends, sweet time …

When she wasn’t feeling sick, every day was a party for my daughter. Every summer was an adventure. Marika didn’t get enough summers. To honor her I will embrace every opportunity to laugh and have fun.


Robin botie of Ithaca, New York, finds 1000 things to be joyful about this summer.

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7 thoughts on “Finding Joy

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    1. robinbot Post author

      Well I hope you love the one I just posted as well. Thanks so much for keeping up with me, Nicole.

  2. Elaine Mansfield

    Go Robin. It’s a plan. Now pray for more of that sun. It’s moldy here.

    1. robinbot Post author

      Yes, it is not only moldy it is saturated now. But I am not going to complain because the greening that has happened as a result of the downpours and flooding is breathtakingly beautiful. And my flowers, after shaking out a day or two, have never looked better. I hope you’re enjoying your green forest. Cheers!

  3. Kirsten Wasson

    …and words that capture the freedom and warmth of summer. Thank you, Robin!


      Hi Kirsten. Thanks. I was trying to keep things light this time after “We are ALL dying.” It was one of those amazing Ithaca-in -June weekends that happens once in every 5 or 10 years. We had 3 or 4 sunny days in a row and I was stunned by the light, almost flying in joy. I imagine you are getting more than a few months of sun, warmth and freedom. If not, I’m wishing it for you. Cheers.


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