December Reflections, Day 17 – My Smile

A short list of things that make me smile (in no particular order) and why I can’t use them for a photo today:

My family- Without a doubt, my family makes me smile the most. However, I decided when I started this blog that I would keep my children’s faces off of it, and that still feels like the right decision.

My garden- Early this past spring, my husband and I built two 8’x 4′ raised beds for our backyard. We bought lumber, y’all! I felt like such an adult. We then hauled an obscene number of cubic yards of soil and compost from a pile in our driveway to the backyard ,which, by the way, is an uphill task. Literally, you have to go up a hill. The dirt moving alone took 6 hours, two wheelbarrows, and so much elbow grease. But at the end of it all, we had a long wished for vegetable garden! We grew beets, radishes, carrots, lettuce, three different kinds of tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, basil, and rosemary. For a first time garden, I am thrilled with the way it turned out and I can’t wait to do it again next year. Unfortunately, it’s December in the Midwest and there isn’t much to look at in the garden right now.

Knitting- Knitting always makes me smile. Well, except when I am too lazy to use point protectors on my needles and a bunch of stitches slip off the needles for the first sock in a pair that I am currently knitting for my husband and I have to painstakingly try to pick them all back up while sitting on a commuter train at 6am, still rubbing sleep from my eyes in the pre-dawn darkness… So, I didn’t take a picture of knitting today because sometimes knitting is an asshole.

You- You make me smile!  The fact that you’re here, existing in this community that we’re building together makes me smile until my face hurts!  However, I can’t post a picture of you, because I don’t have a picture of you, a fact that you’re probably pretty happy about because it’d be super weird if I did.

There’s so much else that makes me smile, but unfortunately I can’t go around all day taking pictures of everything that makes me happy (but wouldn’t it be awesome if I could?!), so instead I will just share this one. This is the view from my office, in the morning twilight. I love the work that I do, the people that I work with and the city that I work in. I love being here extra early and having a couple of moments to look outside and watch the sunrise while the city begins to bustle down below. I’m smiling because I’m so very fortunate. I’m fortunate that I have a job to go to, even better that it’s one which I happen to adore. I’m fortunate that I get to live in such a wonderful place, where my family and I get to explore a variety of cultures and cuisines, art, music and nature. All within a reasonable distance to our home. I’m fortunate to have time to enjoy the twilight, and the good health and peace of heart to be conscious of all this beauty. I’m fortunate to have my family, and even though I left the house this morning before anyone else was awake, I peeked in on each of them while they slept, just to silently wish them a lovely day and take a moment to be grateful that they are here.

So smile, my friends, because there is much to smile about.

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