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Simple Pleasures

Posted on: July 20, 2008

Now that life has slowed down a bit thanks to vacation, I’ve got a bit of time to reflect on some of the simpler pleasures in my life. There are actually quite a few, but I often forget to really be thankful and appreciate the little things.

*Sleeping dogs. Today I was reading a bit before taking an afternoon nap. Maddie and Charley were up on the bed with me. I put my book down just to watch them sleep. Dogs do some funny things when they sleep, like poofing out their flews (I swear it’s a real word!) and twitching paws. Not to mention snoring. DH gets poked for snoring, but the dogs can snore as much as they want.

*Community band concerts. I went to the concert in LittleUtown last week with a friend. There is something so comforting and American about standing to salute the flag and hear the National Anthem. The evening ended up being comfortable with a gentle cooling breeze. At the concerts they have a children’s march and it was fun to watch all the kids wind around the audience waving flags.

*Having a hamburger with DH. Nothing special really. Not even the best burger in the world (although Dairy Queen does make a good burger.) Just having something to eat and hanging out with one of my favorite people.

*Knitting. There is something deeply satisfying about creating something. I like feeling the yarn and the needles and following the pattern. And I enjoy seeing my hands make something that I can share with someone else.

*Cherries. I love cherries and they are in season right now. Not the cheapest fruit available, but I try to buy a small bag every week because they won’t be around forever. That flavor in my mouth is so sweet! Maybe I enjoy it even more because I can’t have them every day of the year.

There are so many other things. What is that quote? “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take…but by the moments that take our breath away…..” It’s true. And so often those moments that take our breath away aren’t big things. They may be simple little things. Sure, it’s corny. It doesn’t make it any less true.

What is one of your simple pleasures?

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