The Happy Day

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It all started with #1. I felt productive. That made me happy, and prompted me to notice what else in the "small and obvious" category made me happy one day. Here is the list:

  1. Free wifi at Starbucks and remembering my reusable mug.
  2. Wearing a linen skirt for the day, and thus, feeling like a grown up.
  3. Working, for pay.
  4. Then, thinking about my kids, and remembering Little Guy’s delight at naming (and touching) all the parts of my face.
  5. Remembering how Big Guy gave me, with ceremony and sincerity, a feather from his train pillow.
  6. Memories interrupted by hearing Will Smith’s “Summertime” come through the speakers.
  7. Still knowing all (okay, most) of the words. ("A place called the plateau is where everybody goes. . .")
  8. Laughing at myself, and wondering how Summertime got on the coffeehouse play list.
  9. Picking up a happy Big Guy from soccer camp. He called, "Mama!" and jumped into my arms. We had great conversation in the car.
  10. Discovering that the babysitter indulged Little Guy with sidewalk art. See above.
  11. Naps, and a washing machine. What if I had to do all that laundry by hand?
  12. Snuggly alone time with Little Guy after his nap.
  13. A momentarily clean kitchen.
  14. "Daddy's home!"
  15. An evening drive with all the windows down. The boys were like puppies.
I could go on. . .

Rest assured, the day was not all lollipops and rainbows. I wasn't as productive as I hoped to be at Starbucks, (shocker!) and someone got poo on my linen skirt. But it came out in the wash and productivity is for people without kids.


The good news, and the point, is: I forgot the day's complaints because I focused on the happy. Even as I sit here now and try to remember the bad, I can't.

And that is amazing to me.

Focus on the happy. What a concept.

P.S. Doesn't that video make you feel just a little bit happy? Oh, the 90s. . .

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5 Responses to “The Happy Day”

  1. "Happy Days" would be a good name for a TV show! Seriousy happily, I am grateful for a Happy Day yesterday too! It's the little things...

  2. I think "productivity is for people without kids" is going to be my new motto. :)

  3. I found your blog through (in)courage. Inspirational. Thank you.

  4. Thanks, Deb! I love (in)courage and am happy you stopped by.

  5. Thanks, Deb! I love (in)courage and am happy you stopped by.