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Weekly High-Five Report


This week saw plenty of high-fives in my little world. Summer finally arrived in Seattle; and unlike the sweltering rest of the country, it was sunny and medium-warm. Instead of going on an adventure, like climbing Mt. Adams or even going for a big bike ride, John and I decided on a stay-cation, as in stay-at-home-vacation. This is a crazy word, one that I never thought I would have occasion to use, but there you go.

While in the winter we live at Crystal Mountain, summertime we move to our house on Lake Washington. And what a summer weekend it was. Each morning I packed a picnic and we spent both weekend days on the dock, soaking in the sun and watching the dads pull their daughters on inner tubes across the bay. It was glorious.

I also received several high-fives. Of course, I was that lady, just a little too enthusiastic, asking her nephews and step-daughter for constant high-fives. On Saturday night we took the ski boat to Kirkland for dinner. When we arrived I held my hand up for my 3 year-old nephew, after all we’d just arrived to the restaurant by boat. How cool is that? “High-five!” I said. He just shook his head. “No.”

“What?” I couldn’t believe it. Turns out my nephew only gives high-fives for candy or money. So scratch what I said earlier about how when in need a child under 5 will always give you a high-five.

Apparently not.

But I did get a high-five from Mabel, Evelyn’s dog, who has recently learned the trick. She, too, is expecting a treat, so I’m not sure if that counts. But either way, it was such a grand weekend that today as I write this, the rain that’s falling outside my window at Crystal Mountain doesn’t bother me so much.

Every week I like to showcase the high-fiveable in our world. With all of the bad news out there, it’s heartening to see a little something good. I believe that most people, at their heart, are awesome.

Case in point: this video of a family saving a humpback whale that had gotten caught in a fishing net. Check this out. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Pretty cool, huh?

What about you? What awesomeness have you witnessed lately? I’d love to hear from you. And if you like what you see here, please subscribe to this blog.