In the spirit of Amy Krouse Rosenthal‘s work, 18 bloggers set out to “Plant a Kiss” in the world on April 29. We each did something we thought would spread a little extra joy, color, connection, poetry, or magic in the world. Then we watched to see what would happen!
Plant a Kiss Day was created to celebrate the message and spirit behind Amy’s work and the whimsical book she created, Plant a Kiss, which is beautifully illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
I first encountered Amy’s work when I read Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, a truly original and amazing book, one of a kind. It’s the kind of book that makes every writer think, “I wish I’d thought of that!” (or maybe that was just me?). Everything Amy’s done since has inspired me, made me feel a deep confidence in basic goodness. I love having the opportunity to celebrate her work, and to do my own bit towards cultivating love.
Today the 18 of us who took part in Plant a Kiss day are posting about our experiences. My thoughts are below. Click here (http://www.simplycelebrate.net/plant-a-kiss-day-2013) where you can find links to all of the participating bloggers and hop around to see how each woman was uniquely inspired to celebrate Plant a Kiss Day.
Plant a Kiss #1: Send flowers to sweet Rachel. She is recovering from having her tonsils out and I wanted to cheer her up. I got a recommendation for a local flower shop from her neighbor, Mati Rose, who was spot on sending me the information for Arjan Flowers and Herbs. Designer Mina Bolouri put together a ridunculous bouquet of ranunculus, Rachel’s favorite, a riot of color and soft shapes.
Plant a Kiss #2: Deliver snacks to Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital. They have been taking such good care of Dexter, both with his ongoing physical therapy and his emergency visits, and I wanted to express my gratitude. I made chocolate chip cookies, and took hummus, crackers and veggies.
Plant a Kiss #3: Drop off donation for Animal House Rescue. This is our local (as in a few blocks away from our house) no-kill rescue, and also where we got our Sam. I took them paper towels, trash bags, bleach, folders, and dog treats.
Plant a Kiss #4: Love bomb the third floor of Eddy Hall, (the building where I work at Colorado State University).
Love bombing, in the most general terms, is when you anonymously leave notes or small gifts for people to find. It can be in a public space, such as a grocery story (like leaving notes that say “You are beautiful exactly as you are” in the diet food aisle), library (putting messages of hope from the Universe inside books about depression or addiction), or where you work (leaving notes that say things like “The way you smile and say hello always cheers me up” in someone’s mailbox), or it can be a private or more personal space, such as leaving cookies on your neighbor’s door step, ringing the doorbell and running away before they catch you, or putting a note on someone’s car windshield.
For my Plant a Kiss love bomb, I put up tearable flyers in the employee mail room, both bathrooms, and one over the water fountain in the main hallway. This is the second time I’ve love bombed Eddy Hall, and only a few people know it was me. One person who still hasn’t figured it out posted on Facebook, “Somebody put up the motivational tear-away flyers in the women’s restroom with positive thoughts again! I love this, whoever you are! And there’s also a sign indicating employees should moonwalk out of the bathroom. English people (students? faculty? staff?) CRACK ME UP!”
If you’d like to try a love bomb, (I highly recommend it, makes you feel good and cheers up the people who find them), some of my sources for flyers are:
- Kelly Rae Roberts
- Kindness Over Matter
- Under Design for These are Tearable Puns
- One Man’s Blog, who has a post called The Incredible Collection of Funny Signs (to Print Out and Post!)
Special thanks goes to Sherry Richert Belul for hosting this project (I adore you and your shenanigans, Sherry!), for the 17 other bloggers who helped me spread the love, and to Amy Krouse Rosenthal for being our reason.
And Happy Plant a Kiss Day to you, kind and gentle reader. As always, you have my love and deep gratitude. It makes me so happy that you keep showing up here. May you find a bit of love planted in your life today, or be able to plant a kiss for someone else who might need it. Don’t forget to check out the other blog posts, maybe get an idea and join us in cultivating even more love.