Anyone who knew me when I was in 6th grade knows puffy paints were my fave! My bedroom walls were “tagged up” by my friends with graffiti art, signatures, and some of my own artistic creations. I even drew on my sneakers with puffy paints. So you can imagine my excitement today when reuniting with them in Aisle 4 at the craft store. Just imagine the possibilities! *Sigh*
After a fun photo shoot this afternoon and a few trips to different stores today, I’m home having a relaxing night with our pets and Jabari, who caved and downloaded the Pokémon app to “see what it’s all about”. I’m sitting here among tons of water bottles as I create a sign and labels by hand. So old school, I know. But there’s something to be said for sprawling out on the floor and getting your hands covered in paint and markers. It’s fun! It also brings me back to my days of being a kid and selling random household items on the block with my neighborhood friends every summer. Hadn’t we heard of a lemonade stand? Somehow, we always made a killing though. I credit our homemade signs for that. So I sit here making these signs and can’t help but feel excited for next week’s events! In the meantime, Jabari’s taking the dog out for walks every 10 minutes, talking to himself, and darting across the house without warning to catch the pokémon cartoons that are lurking in our hallway. Typical Friday night at Casa de Prince.
So why the sign, labels, and water? The temperature is going to reach 100 degrees this week, and I always think back to my beloved Hoboken years when it gets this hot. I think about my homeless friends being outside all day, the men and women walking to and from the Path train in full suits and heavy work clothes, the nannies and parents pushing heavy strollers of 2-3 children to and from the parks. When it’s blazing and humid, people get tired, cranky, and thirsty. I’m hoping to alleviate some of that discomfort, even if it’s just for a few minutes. I’ll be giving out ice cold water bottles on the hottest day this week, and right now that’s Monday. I’m also considering baking snacks to hand out, but all the snacks I love include chocolate which would be way too messy in 100 degrees. Contact me if you have any simple snack suggestions. It’s going to feel great to get back to my old stomping grounds for the day. I love that little city.
I was reminded today that giving and loving cost absolutely nothing. Time and effort are precious gifts, and they’re both free. How awesome is that? This weekend, I’ll try to put more time and effort into the little details of my day, especially when it comes to interactions with others. And come Monday, for a very small price, I hope to put a smile on a few people’s faces. I’m just grateful for the chance to try.
*If you’d like to know where I’ll be in Hoboken or if you’d like to join, feel free to message me on my contact page.*
*A special shout out to my pets, Normie and Xena, for being by my side through literally everything and for making every craft project I do extra messy, difficult, and nearly impossible (see below). It adds to the fun though! They keep me on my toes.*