5.19.2013

a saturday for listening to the birds

I think, as we grow older, we have to make a choice...

We can become stubbornly rooted in the people we've always imagined ourselves to be, falling back again and again on, "It's just the way I am."

Or, we can continuously redefine ourselves, holding on to the things that we've come to know and love, and letting go of the ones that we eventually recognize as hurtful to ourselves or others.

I hope to be the second kind of person.

And I am happy to have found a life partner who thinks the same way I do. We share a long history of perfectionism, an over-appreciation for structure, a resistance to relaxation. And we both know that those are not pieces of ourselves that we want to hold onto.

So on Saturday morning, we ignored the voices of work and dirty dishes and sensible meals at home, hopped on a train, and instead listened to the voices of Fenway birds on a little hike to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum.

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We finally exercised our free pass privileges (yes, you heard right) to the ISG, and spent a couple of hours breathing in the beauty of that old house...its lush courtyard, dark wood rooms, and canvasses from lifetimes ago. It is absolutely the place that everyone has told us it is, and now that we know we can go as often as we'd like for nothing, we might just adopt it as our second home. We spent this first trip just being in all the rooms, but we'll likely grab the audio tour next time so we can actually know what we're looking at.

Saturday was truly the most perfect day for spontaneous adventuring. I can't tell you how happy I was to don boat shoes and my cropped pink pants again, and get a little sun on my whiter-than-porcelain skin.

Our adventures took us past the Harvard med campus and then along Boylston to one of the tastiest places in Boston...

isg museum

isg museum

isg museum

Tasty Burger veggie burgers are my favorite (don't worry, meat lovers...most of the menu is for you). Sometimes I am actually a little disappointed with healthy veggie burgers...they seem to miss the point. But I can assure you, Tasty Burger veggie burgers are decidedly not healthy. Infused with a barbecue flavor and sporting the crackliest grilled edges, they are a vegetarian sinner's delight.

Eaten in the sparkling sun on a bright red picnic table? Even better. So good, it might make you pull a Gollum...

isg museum

You can bet I'm holding on tight to those sunny memories (my precious) as clouds are now sneaking their way across our sky, enveloping us in a week's worth of rain.

Hope your weekend was as beautiful and spontaneous as ours! This weekend, we let go of our inner voices so we could listen to the birds instead. As you've grown up, what parts of yourself have you let go of for happier things?

17 comments:

  1. Fantastico! Not nearly as OCD about a clean house as I used to be, and have become really fanatic about walking, not like the old me!

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    1. Oh man...hope I can give up on the cleaning. Just got done cleaning the fronts of our cupboards! :-o

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  2. I know what you mean about veggie burgers! That bun alone looks delicious. Might have to get to Boston to have one of those.

    As for growing up, I agree completely. I think part of truly growing up is letting go of old habits and mentalities that do not serve the person you wish to become- because you have a choice as to who you become. Perfectionism is hard to let go of, so I wish you two the best on that endeavor. I have to let go of telling myself I'm not good enough (for those friends, for that job).

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    1. Let me know if you do!

      And yes, that's another good one to let go of. I think part of it is trusting other people...that they really want to be your friend, hire you...=)

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  3. This sounds as if it was a weekend that memories are made of my friend :)

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  4. Oh this post is just so right. I love everything about it from the photos to the perfectly put words. I especially love these reflective posts from you-- I think they are my favorite.

    So glad you finally went to the ISG! It really is so amazing. I like to imagine what it'd be like to actually live there. To read in that lower garden? With the sunlight shining in from above? Or even on a rainy day. That's my absolute favorite part. Also, the gift shop. They've got a good one there!

    And. I've yet to go to tasty burger-- but it's on my list!

    Let's plan a date soon, please. Missing you for serious!

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    1. Thank you!

      And yes, I was thinking about living there the whole time too...almost jumped the ropes to get into that courtyard!

      Date soon...YES.

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  5. Beautiful post, Clair! So happy you had such a fun, spontaneous day. They kind of make you look around and realize that's why you're doing all the other infrastructure stuff, right? (And seriously...Citizen Oyster. For reals.)

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  6. Dropping it all and letting go for a day of fun and adventure is so so necessary. If I've learned anything about adulthood it's that you should hold onto playtime, especially playtime together. Last Sunday, A was supposed to work all day. But, when I texted him from brunch that how about we just go to the zoo and conservatory in Lincoln Park instead, he dropped it all, rode his bike, and we had an incredible day of hand holding and chimp watching. I mean, seriously. My now self looks back and pats past self on the back! Good for us for pausing the work and taking time to play together.

    So, congrats to you guys, too! Looks like SUCH AN AMAZING veggie burger. And isn't there a sort of magic about being a tourist in your own city. It's indulgent and fun and at the end of the day you can look at eachother say say "you know, we effing get to live here!".

    Cheers!

    -Eileen
    www.leanerbythelake.com

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    1. Oh gosh, yes!! Every once in awhile I get sick of Boston and start daydreaming about where we'll go next. Then I WAKE UP and realize I'm in one of the most awesome places and I should take advantage of it!

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  7. First order of business, this post warms my heart. Nothing is more perfect than a beautiful day spent with the person you love. And the ISGM isss one of my favorite places in the city. As is Tasty Burget :)

    Second small order of business, have you always had that adorable heart nose ring?? Because it is just the sweetest and I'm obsessed!

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    1. Have had the piercing for years and years, but the little heart is new since Christmas. I love it too! =)

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  8. I could take a lesson in relaxation. Just had a convo with the husband about it this AM, haha! We are carving out time this weekend to try and head to the MFA, take advantage of free entry all weekend. Thank you for your sweet comment and stopping by. And enjoy the long weekend, make it a relaxing one!!

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  9. Arg, I just left a comment and where did it go? If this is a dupe, apologies;) This is a healthy lesson in relaxation, that I need to listen to. My husband and I are going to try and implement a similar plan for this weekend- free admission to the MFA, lots of laziness. We have been doing too much, too many, too too too.....Enjoy the long weekend!!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)