I was going to entitle this Simple Joys, but then I realized Joy is not simple. Joy is complex and deep.
Joy comes in many ways:
A friend brings homemade, beautifully decorated RumChata cupcakes. Each one has a beautiful multi-faceted star of RumChata frosting on top. (If you haven’t tasted RumChata it is a cream flavored liqueur made with cream, rum, cinnamon, vanilla and other “secret flavors.” I think it tastes like a frosted cinnamon roll would taste if you could drink it.)
125 year old woodwork gleams after being rubbed with lemon oil. I wrote about the joy of lemon oil in another post: https://haskerj.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/change/
You get to meet a friend for coffee at your favorite coffee shop. You get to sit in your favorite chair.
A friend walks into the coffee shop where you are already sitting with a friend. She joins you and has time to stay for a chat. Then another friend walks in. 🙂
A neighbor bring you a large sun hat for no reason at all. The hat reminds of the one Scarlett O’Hara wore at the barbecue at Twelve Oaks.
You get to see the trees you planted.
You get to sleep in the room you slept in most nights for the last 17 years.
You get to eat a very nice meal at a very nice restaurant (owned and operated by a friend) and have a waitress you’ve known since she was tiny (and whose parents you know) and you have delicious leftovers for lunch the next day.
The meal is nearly free because you have a generous gift certificate from a former job you loved.
You get to see your neighbor’s lovely flowers.
You are in a town where a field of blooming sunflowers is creating a buzz with not only with the bees but with the population in general. (People driving by to take photos, people setting up tri-pods, people posting sunflower photos from this field on facebook).
You get a phone call from your mom. Even though you forget to call her back all day, she is still happy to hear your voice when you call her back 12 hours later.
You work so hard that ice cold water and a hot shower seem like the most fantastic things on earth. Iced coffee is a close second to the ice-cold water.
You get to sleep in your own bed and not on an air mattress that slowly loses air all night leaving you to wake up before the sun rises or bird start to sing realizing you are flat on the floor with no air at all holding you up.
Nearly every friend who sees you gives you a hug and seems genuinely excited to see you (even though you’ve only be gone two weeks).
You see a friend who hugs you more than once because they are so happy to see you.