We sat on your bedroom floor on Saturday evening, your warm body tucked below my right arm as I read you a library book, when the doorbell rang.
“Our friend is here!” I announced as we both scrambled to our feet.
We ran downstairs to greet our friend whom we had not seen in over a year. Though you knew she was coming, you stood off to the side. Just like your mama was as a young child, you need some time to warm up to adults whom you have not seen in awhile.
You looked at her with a shy but inquisitive look on your face, staring at her while she began to engage you with questions. As she showered you with her undivided attention, she handed you a small gift. Specifically, a mylar flower balloon on a stick.
How amazing was that balloon? Immediately you began playing with it, pulling it off its stick and putting it back on, waving it around in the air and improvising songs. You giggled with excitement, your face filling with your infectious smile.
It never ceases to amaze me how much joy you find in the simple pleasures of life.
One of the things I have found I enjoy most about having you in my life is it reminds me to seek out these little nuggets. In a life filled with technology and virtual escapes at our fingertips, it’s important to remember the little things in life that bring us this type of satisfaction and utter delight.
For this month’s Who I Am Project, the brainchild of Dana from Kiss My List and co-hosted by yours truly, I want to share with you the little nuggets of life that I love, both from when I was a child and now as an adult.
The simple joys of my childhood…
Fresh school supplies and blank notebooks
Immersing myself in The Babysitter’s Club series or a novel by Judy Blume
Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup sundaes at Friendly’s with Grandpa
A freshly poured glass of ice-cold coke at dinner
Reading books in silly voices to Auntie Danie
Listening to her giggle as I pretended to eat her “corn on the cob arm”
Eating piles of warm Belgian waffles on Sunday mornings (I would eat so many Nana & Grandpa had to cut me off!)
Waking up before everyone else on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons, fold origami, and build with Legos
Getting crafty in Nana and Grandpa’s basement
Spending hours at the pool, diving to the bottom of the deep end and playing games with my friends
Counting as many decorated houses as I could in December on the 45-minute drive home from my grandparent’s house
Trick-or-treating with my best friend and taking inventory of all the different types of candy we collected
A fresh, blank notebook — unlined, of course
Colorful pens and filling pages with words and doodles
Immersing myself in a good book
A steaming mug of coffee in the morning, with just a splash of half & half
The sucking sounds of hot metal being quenched in water
Listening to your squeals of laughter when I tickle you
The crunch of fallen leaves in fall and fresh snow in winter
Digging my fingers in sand
The smoothness of my feet after a pedicure
Walking on a shaggy rug in bare feet
Sharing an ice cream sundae with you
The pop and fizzle of a freshly opened carbonated beverage
Collecting shells and rocks at the beach
This is month six of the “Who I Am” project. This month the prompt is “Things that you love/hate, or scare/annoy you” and like my previous posts, I wrote this as if I were speaking to Eve (and any other children I have in the future).
The “Who I Am” project is a year-long monthly series that my friend Dana at Kiss My List started, as a way to create a virtual scrapbook of your life to tell your kids, grandkids, spouse, friends, or whoever who you are. You can link up our posts, which goes live the third Tuesday of the month, on either of our blogs, and sign up to receive the prompts at the beginning of each month via e-mail. The themes so far have been Childhood, Love, and Quirks & Habits, How you’ve changed since you were a child, Favorite Places, and Betcha Didn’t Know.
What are the simple pleasures in life that bring you joy?
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