I take joy in the little things around me in my life. As I sit here now, my cat is playfully swatting at the television screen in the hopes of catching the bird that is reflected on it. I can’t help but laugh even though she’s quite possibly going to break the tv.
Earlier my granddaughter was singing a Christmas song but only by a few sentences of it, of course over and over. Even though Christmas has passed, it still made me smile to hear her singing what she knew of it.
No longer do the details of things make me smile as much. When someone is able to make me smile or laugh, that brings me so much more feeling of life than anything else. It’s cold outside and it’s cold inside, but the smell of homemade chicken soup makes it’s way around the house to all of us. It makes me think of childhood memories and being in this same house but with six more children, my siblings. I often wonder how we all fit into this little house but then I have to wonder if that is not what made us so close growing up.
Seems like to this day, this house tends to be able to pull everyone together a bit. We used to have family get-togethers until it became unsafe. Everyone would bring some food and the grill would be out for someone that felt like being the cook that day. It’s simple things like this that love and crave to have back in my life. A backyard volleyball game or an inflatable pool for the kids and the parents all end up getting soaked instead. Or just sitting around at the end of the day and talking about our lives. Who is expecting a new grandbaby or who is getting married (or divorced)? Who got a good deal at the grocery store that week and how can we do it too?
I don’t tend to crave excitement in the activities sense anymore, it’s the little things that cheer me up and let me know that it’s all going to be okay. It calms me down and brings me home. My family feels closer with the little things of life and they somehow feel like big things to me.
So as my cat still tries to catch the bird on the television, I hope you have something little happen in your life today. I hope you feel that little spark of laughter in your heart that seems to show you just enough to know that everything is going to be okay.