The Book of Awesome

We featured “The Book of Awesome” in our newsletter last month but I really wanted to share some of it with all of you in a post as well.  I bought my son a copy of the book for his birthday recently, and I bought one for myself as well.  I can’t resist doing the “one for him and one for me” thing still, just like I used to with his peaches Gerber baby food all those years ago.  Mmm, that stuff is so good.

Anyhoo, the book is based on author Neil Pasricha’s very popular blog

The Book of Awesome is filled with smile-inducing moments on every page that makes you feel like a kid looking at the world for the first time. Read it and you’ll remember all the things there are to feel good about. With touching, warm, and funny observations, each entry ends with the big booming feeling you’ll get when you read through them: AWESOME!
Source: cover flap

As I was reading this inspiring book I found myself remembering some of my own “awesome!” moments.  I’ll share one that came to mind as I sat in my backyard the other day.

You are gardening, or hiking, or walking in nature somewhere and you suddenly feel something drop in your hair.  You can’t see what it is but you are pretty sure that it must be a very large, creepy, hairy-legged spider judging by the weight of it and by the way your hair is standing on end as a wave of eeby jeeby’s washes all over you.  You start doing the “get it off me!!!” dance, shaking your head violently and slapping your hair as you leap around.  Then you see the culprit fall to the ground.  You gingerly go in for a closer look and discover…a small pine cone. It wasn’t a giant arachnid after all.  It was only an innocent little pine cone.  Major sigh of relief! AWESOME!

I have another similar story involving a cockroach, a night of paranoia (don’t ask) and a very close friend whose name I will omit (but you all know her) and how said friend locked herself in the bathroom rather than “get it off me”.  Ah, but I’ll save that story for another time.

Ok, here are a couple of short examples straight from The Book of Awesome:

The smell of the coffee aisle in the grocery store

Harsh florescent lighting, slushy wet floors, and the cloudy stench of raw fish welcome you into your friendly neighbourhood grocery store.  After circling tables of green bananas, wobbly paper towel towers, and piles of day-old bagels, it’s kind of nice to stumble upon the coffee aisle and just take a big sniff.

Finally remembering a word that’s been on the tip of your tongue for so long

It’s like throwing a pail of water on all your smoking inner head parts.  Gears unjam, lines  start rolling, and  you settle back in the restaurant booth with a satisfied smile on your face and just blurt it out.
“Parcheesi, that’s what it was called.”

One more of my own:

Reading The Book of Awesome.  AWESOME!


  • Sully

    Your example about something dropping on your head reminded me of a similar story. I was up walking around our cabin one evening as the light was quickly fading. As my dog Shen bounded past me I felt something grab my leg. I looked down to see a “huge bat” holding on for dear life. I did the afore mentioned dance and screamed to my husband to get it off me which he did once he was able to catch me. He held up the bat in his hand which was actually a clump of burrs. Hhmmm..awesome!!

  • jacquie

    It’s like running three terrified blocks in the near dark knowing you’re being chased…you can hear the footsteps following you… picking up speed as you do…only to realize upon reaching home that the sound you heard was actually your ridiculous bell-bottom pants flapping against the sidewalk! Awesome!

    Hey it was the 70’s and every self-respecting 12 year old wore them!

  • Tracy Westerholm

    Okay this read right now…AWESOME! I was just wiping the pee off my cheeks when reading your story about the cockroach! Who would do such a thing!!!! I can still see the look on your face…AWESOME! laugh out loud! When I was about 8, I was in my basement adjusting the rabbit ears on the TV set (I know!) and I felt that feeling and when I batted my head it wasn’t so awesome, it was the hugest spider I had seen in my 8 years of living and have hated spiders ever since.
    On my way to watch my daughter run like the wind in the Track Meet…Awesome! xoxo

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