Here are things that stirred joy last week.
1 – A wide, metal sprinkler perched on a grassy hill. Running in the mud with a throng of crazed six year olds. Wet, muddy thighs and soaked sneakers. Triumphant giddiness.
2 – When my boyfriend I should tuck my hair behind my ears because my face was beautiful. Then we kissed.
3 – Little Aiden holding my hand and pulling it up to his face. Little Jordan calling out “ANNE! I miss you!”
4 – Hanging out with the older boys at the back of the bus. Teasing and chatting like equals, as every conversation should be. (Topics: seat belts, roller coasters, my job at an amusement park, and Chinese fingers)
5 – At work yesterday, a lovely lady said “what pretty eyes you have!” and another saying “They gave you a blue polo to match your blue eyes!”
6 – When the nurse told me about her deceased fiancee and the tattoo she got for him (a dragon). When she told me about her new husband and the tattoo he got for her (a dragon coming out of a shell). She said she’s grateful for him, “but it’s not the same”.
7 – Taking myself out to Barnes & Noble. Buying Fiji water, a chocolate cookie, and a nice copy of To The Lighthouse. Reading in public. Feeling special, calm, and at peace, all alone.
8 – Passion born of gentle, slow, long-awaited softness.
9 – “Glitter In the Air” – P!nk
10 – Little Max telling me I was his friend, then begging to dump his water bottle on me (I let him). His bright grin and floppy yellow hair.
11 – Playing concentration with Little Will. When he promised to bring me pictures of Israel to camp next year.