Simple Pleasures

How about stepping outside?

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So I found this old plaque in my local park the other day. I’ve lived here 22 1/2 years and never came across this one.

Despite the kids and I visiting and playing in almost every local city and county park in the last couple of years…go figure!

I found the plaque on a post under a Chestnut tree, entitled “In Memorial To ANNE FRANK who wrote: ‘…The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.’

So true.

Anne knew this as well. Of course, she wrote this while in hiding from Nazis for 2+ years and could not. Do it for her? Can you imagine, not having the choice to go outside for over two years?

The second and final sentence says, ‘Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.’ Simple beauty, simple pleasures. About noon yesterday, I sat in partial sun and shade eating my packed lunch. Yes, it was a little hot, but it was only about 20 minutes. Nothing outstanding happened.

In the summer, Staley Park is the home base for our downtown YMCA camps, and I experienced the joy of watching the counselors and staff shepherd and manage the children. The sun warmed the skin on my arms after being in our chilly, air-conditioned bus.

Anne Frank would’ve given anything to return to society, but the Holocaust denied her that right. God bless her father, now since long passed as well, who published her diary. God bless this person who had this plaque put up in my Staley Park, reminding us to not take simple pleasures such as peace and serenity on a summer day, for granted.



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