Small Delights


Lately, I’ve been so full of gratitude for my life that I could burst.  I feel so lucky and blessed, and I don’t want to take any of it for granted.  Every day, I’m thankful for the big things:  my family, our health, a house that I love and feel safe in, good food to eat.  But I also try to be cognizant of all the ‘small delights’ that grace my life too.  Here are a select few:

  • Monsoon rains
  • Full moons
  • Phone calls with my sister
  • Bank folded bills
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Green chili season
  • Hikes with our dogs
  • Claire’s idiolect*
  • Cormac’s smile
  • Friday night family movie nights
  • 15 free meals per semester at the campus dining hall
  • The buzz of a hummingbird
  • A squeeze of lemon in a glass of ice-cold fizzy water
  • Being on a horse with friends
  • A back scratch
  • Spotting a coyote trotting across the road
  • Claire’s genuine laugh
  • Cormac’s wrinkly peach-fuzz head
  • Fires in the woodstove
  • Swimming holes
  • Hot apple cider with ice cream
  • College friends
  • Moon shadows
  • Family dance parties in the kitchen
  • The sleepsack my sister made
  • Claire’s letter to Santa
  • Cormac’s proto-giggle
  • Dark chocolate
  • Crispin’s voice
  • Mornings reading to my kids in bed
  • A gripping historical fiction book
  • Hot showers
  • Coyotes howling at night
  • Our antique cradle

*my current favorites are “our chother/their chother” and “magaflying glass”

What are the small delights in your life?



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