1. Cars that look like they have faces
2. Waking up to the smell of coffee
3. Finding the first penny of the new year (haven’t found a 2014 one yet, still looking)
4. Dogs that smile
5. Warm food on a cold day
6. Going down the same water slide again and again and again
7. Being alone in the woods
8. A long road trip
9. Smart uses of space
10. Getting a bath from a cat
11. Crossing the finish line
12. The sound of rain at night
13. Getting good gas mileage
14. Making someone smile
15. The internet
16. Those movie theaters where they let you have beer during the movie
17. Eating a piece of fruit or vegetable that I just picked
19. Boat rides
20. Sounding smart when it matters
21. When paper is warm when it comes out of the printer
22. Extra dark chocolate
23. Getting packages in the mail
24. Lemon-flavored things. And maple-flavored things (does that count as two?)
25. You, dear Reader. YOU!
Did you stuff enough cheer into your past three weeks? Watch enough holiday movies? Eat enough crap? Sing enough carols? See enough relatives?
Were you extra generous? Extra kind or thoughtful? Did you give any special gifts? Did you serve up a holiday meal at a soup kitchen? Did you donate unwanted presents, or things that were replaced this holiday season?
Don’t worry, truth is you can do any of those things at any time throughout the year. I feel like people forget that too often. Soup kitchens have more than enough volunteers on Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve, but what about on March 21st, or August 2nd? You can sing carols and bake cookies in the middle of the summer, if you want. People might give you some looks, but go right ahead. Sit in bed and watch White Christmas in June, visit your relatives in February, give someone a gift in October.
Don’t limit the holiday cheer to one lousy month. Keep it up all year.
So here I am…staring at a box of chocolates, wondering what lies under each of those chocolate shells.
I was hoping for toffee, or maybe buttercream, but I’m not really in the mood for caramel, and definitely not that strawberry crap. You know what I mean.
But how will I know? There is no “cheat sheet” in sight. The myth of a universal code for chocolates has pretty much been debunked.
I’ve had enough experience with chocolates to know that square ones tend to be caramels, and round ones tend to be creams, and ones with little bumps are coconut, and ones with big bumps are nuts, but who’s to say for sure?
Without being too Forrest Gump-y, I appreciate the mystery of life.
Today was one of those mornings.
I awoke from a dream at 5:30 AM. In the dream, it was snowing and I couldn’t get to work. Well, sure enough, I look out the window and it’s snowing. But it’s only 5:30, and I have an hour before my alarm goes off, so I snuggle back under the covers and fall asleep.
At 6 AM, I wake up again. I just had another dream that it was snowing, and I couldn’t get in to work. So now that I’m awake, I look out the window and see that it’s still snowing. The street is white. Déjà vu.
I don’t hear any cars passing.
I drift off again.
And then I have the most vivid dream of all.
There is snow on the driveway, but not much. My father and I are there, surveying the situation. We open the garage door from the outside, and my cat is laying in the middle of the garage. Then I decide to go to work.
I wake up.
My father is downstairs making coffee. He decided to stay home for the day. I watch the news. The roads are clear enough for me to leave.
Maybe I should have taken a snow day.
Is it Spring yet?
No reason to go outside.
Everything is covered in snow.
I think I’ll stay in bed all day.
Wanna bring me some coffee?
Don’t forget the cookies.
Smile right now, even if you don’t feel like it. See? Isn’t that much better?