It’s those little things …

8 Aug

Another week where we’re all reminded of the fragility of life.  Layered on top of the twin tragedies of El Paso and Dayton were multiple tragedies in Chicago and even some personal ones I know of – a woman close to my mother in law died suddenly over the weekend.  She and my “MIL” were supposed to have lunch and go walking Monday.  They didn’t.

One of my favorite “ditty” songs (as opposed to an “epic” song like Kashmir by Led Zepplin, for example) (a ditty would be something that just sticks in your head a bit) is the song Chicken Fried by the Zak Brown Band.  It’s a song that just celebrates the little stuff. Like a little bit of chicken fried. Cold beer on Friday night. Pair of jeans that fit just right. And the radio on.  He goes on to talk about how the best things in life are free. And he’s right.

So here’s a little list of little things I like.  Some free, some not.  I hope this inspires you to think about and enjoy some of your own.

  • The patterns on a newly mown lawn.
  • Puppy breath!
  • Cat stretches.
  • Half moons. crescent moons, even full moons.
  • Mooning.  HA!
  • The smell of hot melted butter in the pan waiting for me to crack in a couple of eggs.
  • A burger.
  • For that matter, a hot dog too.
  • Cheerios.  I could snack on them forever.
  • Looking out over water. Anywhere, anytime.
  • Watching a fire burn (hopefully in a fireplace, a campfire, a pit, etc.)
  • Holding hands with my wife. Never gets old.
  • Touching toes when we’re going to bed.
  • That “CRAkuschhh” sound a freshly opened can of beer makes.
  • That first long pull on a cold beer.
  • (not to go all alcoholic on you but …) that wash of relaxation that slides down my neck and shoulders when I have that first long sip of an ice cold martini.  Ahhh … SANDPAPER (takes the rough edges off)
  • New jeans.
  • New sneakers
  • Washing the car by hand and stepping back and admiring the result
  • Discovering a new bloom on the rosebush or other flower
  • Delivery pizza!
  • Getting your back to pop.
  • and a thousand more.

Just remember.  Life is for living.

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