Everything is broken and messed up and completely fine. That’s what life is. It’s only the ratios that change. Usually on their own. As soon as you think that’s it, it’s going to be like this forever, they change again.Meg Mason, Sorrow and Bliss
This afternoon I listened to Brené Brown’s conversation with Karen Walrond (link on Brené’s website here) about joy and connection. wow did I need that! and not only because it’s a wonderful reminder about why I started this photo-a-day habit more than a decade ago … and why it’s still one of my few must-do daily things.
Life Draining: political ads (early voting for our May 24 primary started last week). library hold jail (just kidding, kind of). worrying about doctor visits. my friend whose cancer came back is now in hospice.
Life Giving: SPRING. Holy Week and Easter in person. Beaufort. longer days and evening sunshine. poetry. the return of porch time.
A (short) Happy List: DirectTV streaming (we finally cut the cable cord and it was remarkably easy and painless!). re-watching All Creatures Great and Small season 2 before our DVR turned into a pumpkin (I loved it even more the second time because I wasn’t worried about story-line). pink/red manicures. Boy Baseball.
and speaking of Boy Baseball, I never did share the story of our Saturday watching them play. We last saw them on the ball field a year ago. Since then, they played the second half of last spring’s season, a fall season, and the first half of this spring’s season. What a difference! Both boys can hit the ball (Sam still hits his off a tee, and Charlie is playing coach pitch) and Charlie is learning to field. Sam pays attention and loves the whole experience on and off the field. Here are a few of my favorite off the field moments from that afternoon.
Lower left is from the bleachers during Charlie’s game. Younger siblings playing UNO Flip (best game ever for all ages!) with Marmie (who was mostly appreciated for “shoveling” the cards).
What made your Happy List last month?