In songs, September has always been linked to remember, not just because it rhymes, but because there is something about the promise of fall and the beginning of a new school term that prompts memory and romanticism. Contrary to the proverbial bucket-list of things one might want to do, see or accomplish before they die, I purpose a cup list (as in my cup runneth over) of precious moments one has been given.

My Personal, ever-expanding Cup List –(In no particular order)

I’m so much richer because I……

Watched the sun come out of the ocean on an island in the Abacos, and watched it sink back under the waves.

Mastered a bike, drove a car, pushed a stroller.

Kissed a boy, caught a Marlin, won a raffle.

Wore saddle Oxford’s, converse tennis shoes, high heels and flip-flops.

Survived parents, siblings, high school and heartache.

Rode a ferris wheel at night in Paris, and at the State Fair in Virginia.

Watched a bird build a nest, feed her young. Planted a garden, pulled weeds.

Lost my way, my tonsils, my appendix and a ring I got for Christmas.

Found a gold watch, a four-leaf clover and some good friends.

Was captured by the love of Jesus

Skipped out of a formal function to go to a movie, ran away from home (for less than a day)

Danced barefoot, saw a falling star, had a poem written for me.

Swung a tennis racket, made a foul shot, ran a 5k, sang in a choir.

Zipped-lined in the rain forest, jumped out of plane in Ga, gambled in Vegas.

Beheld the Pietà, David, the Mona Lisa, the Sistine Chapel.

Heard my grandchild call my name, listened to his earnest prayers.

Walked where Mother Teresa walked, viewed Gandhi’s tomb, saw a double rainbow.

Sang at the top of my lungs in the car with my kids.

Witnessed love and hope in the House of the Dying.

Bartered at a market in Kathmandu, published an app.

Wore a white gown, walked with my Dad down the aisle, said, “I do”.

Conquered gravy and pie-crust (not biscuits).

Sang along (quietly in my seat) with James Taylor, BB King, Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley, Bruce Hornsby, Anita Baker, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Allison Krauss, Deja Bluegrass Band and Keb Mo.

Sipped wine in a vineyard in Napa Valley, drank tea in South Africa.

Rode a convertible up the Pacific Coast Highway and down route 5.

Watched 42nd Street on broadway, Les Miserable in London, and 101 Dalmatians in Atlanta (staring my grand kids).

Looked into the eyes of a lion, held a baby Cheetah in my arms.

Dined in a garden with a Cardinal in Rome and in the home of a “sweet little brown-eyed preacher” whom I love.

Celebrated 17 of May in Norway and my mom’s 88th birthday.

Attended the US Open, The World Series, The Olympics, NASCAR, and my grand daughter’s soccer match.

Wept at the sound of a violin (more than once).

Remember my grandfather’s love and my grandmother’s cooking.

Nursed three children, watched them grow, shared their pain, celebrated their triumphs.

Got just what I wanted for Christmas.

Fell down and got up (many times).

Really, really, loved a man.


A related great read on bucket lists from Debby 

What’s on your cup list?  I’d love to know.  Why not Leave a reply?


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28 thoughts on “REMEMBER in SEPTEMBER a full cup

  1. What a beautiful idea, of the cup running over, and then all that is in your overflowing cup, that you shared with us, just makes me extra thankful and grateful today! God bless you!

  2. I like this – we need to do it, and often – we forget that there are always those worse off, enduring more than we are. I’m going to give this some thought … Thank you for the prompt.

  3. carolcovin

    I agree with Megan. So much better than a bucket list.
    Met Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Red Buttons.
    Still married after 44 years.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Megan McCarthy

    This is just fantastic. I’ve been sitting at my computer all day, working on crossing items off of my to-do list… you made me realize that I’ve been making the wrong type of list. Thank you for the inspiration today!

    1. Megan, I am guilty of that very thing. Making a cup list was so much more fun. I hope to add to it, especially when I’m too busy enjoy what’s in front of my nose – have a great day and thanks for blessing me with your comment.

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  5. Caddo Veil

    This is Fabulous, Spectacular, Amazing–just not enough words. Wow–this is in the Top 10 posts I’ve read in my 1st year on the blogs. Great job, great Life!! God bless you abundantly, even more, to be continued–love, sis Caddo

  6. Judy Hall

    A great idea as my bucket list is being whittled away and added to….but this “cup” list would not be diminished, but continue to be filled to overflowing. Thanks for your wisdom.

  7. Gwen I absolutely love this post! (A bit of irony as my post for tomorrow is about bucket lists but a very different angle.) I must tuck this one of yours in my journal. Thank you for sharing your heart so beautifully.

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