Friday, April 18, 2008


This may shock you, but it’s raining and in the 40’s here in the Seattle area today. They’re expecting another 8 inches or so of snow in the mountains. So guess where I’m going? To the tulip fields with about 100 senior citizens!

The company I work for owns 46 retirement communities – many of them in the Puget Sound area. One of my many “other duties as assigned” is to help arrange outings for our residents. Planning for this event began several months ago and the money was paid, so we’re going.

I’m not alone with all these wonderful seniors. There’ll be about 20 staff members with me. Since I work in the corporate office, they don’t trust me alone with their residents and I don’t blame them. I would try my best to corrupt them.

When I woke up and looked out at the gray, rainy day, I was depressed. All the planning and organizing down the drain. Then I said, “To hell with this attitude! We’re going and we’ll have a great time.”

I have 3 cakes in the back of my car, the people at the salmon barbeque are expecting us for lunch, one of the tulip fields has a large covered area and we’ll slog through this with a smile.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend the day out of the office with our residents. They deserve my best and that’s what they’ll get today. I may have pneumonia tomorrow, but today my attitude will be great!

No matter what you do, YOUR attitude determines how it affects you.


Britta Coleman said...

I totally agree...attitude is key. And, in spite of the drizzling cold, how could anyone look at tulips without feeling cheery? They have to be one of the happiest flowers around.

Kim Stagliano said...

Lovely! Enjoy the day. I'm sure the seniors appreciate the chance to get out and about.

alex keto said...

Best fish on the planet comes from seattle, or at least it seemed that way when I went to the PNWA last year

The Anti-Wife said...

The tulips were absolutely beautiful, especially when you see acres and acres of them in brilliant colors.

I think most of the seniors had a great time as did most of the staff.

Totally agree about the fish - only it some of it comes through Seattle from Alaska. Haven't been to PNWA yet. Was it worth it?

bookfraud said...

i hope the seniors didn't do anything crazy, frolicking in the tulips.

i've never been to seattle, but i was in vancouver for the awp conference a few years back. does that count?

and the fish was amazing.

Ello said...

Absolutely! Attitude can turn everything around from good to bad and shitty to wonderful.

WriterKat said...

You are absolutely right - it's all about the way you hold it. I hope you took a picture - it must be beautiful!

I was in Seattle for the first time 2 years ago. I fell in love with it. I could commute forever on those ferry boats!

Mary Witzl said...

Seattle, I have heard, is almost as rainy and cold as Scotland! We have had rain and snow here the past week, and I'm ready for a little spring. Good for you braving the rain. I garden in the rain all the time. If I didn't, I hate to think what my garden would look like.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

salmon! yea!

My pansies were just smothered in snow the other day and now they're all perky in the sunshine, so it'll be all right. I do love tulips.

kathie said...

Hey Anti-Wife...I think the day sounds fantastic and if you need a self-serving ulterior (sp?) motive to partner with a good attitude, then you can be sure you'll come across some colorful characters for your next story! Attitude is All!

Leigh Russell said...

If you have a rotten day, you feel all the happier to get home at the end of it... or am I thinking of getting home from work?

I'm glad the tulips were beautiful. But how could they not be?