Tuesday, March 29, 2011
When the Dog Bites
No, no, no. I did not get bitten again. That was so early March. But while no new tragedies or insanity has befallen my family, some are lingering.
Tonight I began to think of the journal I kept when I was in late high school in the late 1980s. I have that journal somewhere in a box in the basement. It's floral covered with big unlined pages and I wrote my idealistic thoughts and observations in it - as well as my Top 10 Lists of Boys I Liked - using a fountain pen.
One day I decided to make a list of my favourite things. It became a full page of sensory detail. When I found the journal and the list a few years ago, I was happily surprised by how many of the things on the list I still liked.
So given that the dog has bitten - literally and figuratively - this month, I thought I would create a list of my current favourite things. Please feel free to share your own list in the comment section below.
Summer rain on a flat metal roof.
The smell of the ocean.
Dark coffee and the baristas who remember how I take it
Grana Padano cheese
Pino Grigio in a thin wine glass
Choral music on a winter's night
Naming things, pets and people
Laughing until tears pour down my face
The back of a baby's neck
The leg muscles of a runner
Twilight (not the book nor the movie)
Stewart & Colbert
Arugula from the garden
Trying to speak another language and the accompanying charm it requires
Collecting sea glass
Three year olds
The montage at the end of the Olympics that makes me cry
Henry Moore sculptures
Michelangelo Bound Slave sculptures
Making a feast
Someone making food for me
A clean counter
Flowering bulbs in the winter
The ache of bare trees in late autumn
Garbage trucks that take it all away
Finding the perfect gift
The ideas of children
The laughter of children
Room temperature drinking water - cool but not cold
Playing Hide and Seek
Line-dried cotton sheets
The right word
A good story
Farmers Markets: particularly ByWard, St.Lawrence and Santa Croce
Brushing against a tomato plant