“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things”
Don’t you just LOVE your favorite things? Those things that might seem ordinary to someone else, but elicit extraordinary joy from you?
This post is inspired by my dear cousin Ruth. Someone I rarely see, but draw strength and delight from the words she writes and the photographs she takes. Most recently, she posted the beautiful picture of crystal, silver and china that you see below. She shared the story of a savory menu, good company and then captured the delightful result after the dishes were done. I felt my body relax, a smile tickle at the corners of my lips and the immediate thought, “I love pretty glasses in rows. I’m so glad she shared that!”
I LOVE to hear and learn about what makes people happy. Maybe it’s a favorite, dusty book, the smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies (duh!) or the way the sunlight hits your child’s face on a day full of memories. YOUR joy fills ME with joy and I want to grab some of it and share. Thanks to you, my blog just reached 3800 hits and now that I have an audience, I want to showcase the awesome folks who inspire me everyday.
So, here’s your assignment. Drop me an e-mail at the address below and tell me about your favorite things.
Maybe it’s just one and maybe it’s a hundred. Send me photos if you don’t have the words, send me words if you are trying to paint a picture. Then look for your favorite things in Friday’s to come. It’s that simple!
It can be as public or anonymous as you want. It’s doesn’t have to be poetic or perfectly written–it just has to be YOU. It’ll be my job to knit your words and pictures together in a way everyone can enjoy and draw inspiration from.
Need a little help getting started? Here are some of my favorite things as well as a few photographs to capture the essence.
The unbreakable friendship between my son and his two best friends
The earthy smell of freshly tilled garden dirt after it’s been covered all winter by snow
Watching my kiddos compete in whatever season they are in: football, golf, baseball, wrestling, riding horses, water polo (Tanna will have to explain that!)
Finding freshly ripe tomatoes every time I look at the vine and then hearing hubby laugh when he hears me say, “oh hey little fella! I see you hiding in there!”
Completely inappropriate text messages from my best friend
Rows of green soybeans, golden wheat fields and red milo
Old books, news books, empty leather-bound journals with grosgrain ribbons just waiting to be read or filled with random thoughts
Smoked pizza and white wine
When my husband tells me that I ‘m “out of the bed” pretty and don’t need to wear make-up
Tanna’s joyful laugh; I can hear it no matter where I’m at in the house
White sheets slapping and snapping in the Kansas wind on outdoor clothes lines
Mountains, Mountains, Mountains
Nutscene garden twine
You get the picture, right?
Drop me an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about your favorite things–grammar don’t matter none at all! Your responses will go directly to me and I won’t share your name without your permission. Deal? DEAL!
I can’t wait to hear from you!!
Coming next week: Ghetto Grocery Store Mishaps (featuring judgement and poor choices)