Gratitude for Simple Pleasures

I’m grateful:

  • when short-order cooks believe me that I want my eggs fried to a crisp.
  • when “Harper Valley PTA” or “Something Stupid” come on the radio.
  • that my husband and son don’t wear pants that hang beneath their rear ends.
  • that I don’t have to stand in front of a plate glass window in a Pilates class.
  • for air-conditioning in D.C.
  • that a dog has never thrown up on me.
  • for variety of all sorts, from Zinnia colors to ethnic food choices.
  • for a new mattress in mid-life.
  • that my tap water is safe to drink.
  • for the rest areas on the New Jersey turnpike.
  • for thrift store finds.
  • that I can buy books and write in them.
  • for colorful paper umbrellas in my fruity drinks.
  • that I can plan an epic road trip for this fall and anticipate it with delight.
  • for older people who can really teach the Bible.
  • for cardinals when I need hope.
  • for lists.
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~ by Cary on July 21, 2010.

4 Responses to “Gratitude for Simple Pleasures”

  1. — For the love of my children.
    — The sound of Flat Creek and the Lake Susan Waterfall in Montreat.
    — Fresh Granny Smith apples as big as softballs.
    — A cold pint of Natty Greene Buckshot Amber.
    — Affordable, accessible drinking water that won’t sicken me, when half the world lacks it.
    — A new book and the time to read it.
    — Sunset after a long day; sunrise after a long night.
    — Silence, and the chance to contribute to it.

    • What a nice list. I love everybody’s comments (most on Facebook). I wish the whole world were just these snippets for an hour. Makes me want to sing, “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…” but then I remember that was a commercial jingle. It’s all beautiful, huh?

  2. Amen! A great list.

    Partial additions:

    Pop songs that get played all the time, and are happy and catchy.
    Getting things in the mail that aren’t bills.
    Having the money to pay the bills…
    Strawberries.
    Streets that aren’t in grid fashion.
    The good example of others’ simple gratitude. 🙂

  3. I love you, readers! You’re cool people.

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