Paris greenery 2011
The feel of my dog’s tail brushing my legs as it wags happily. My husband’s homemade mushroom sauce on our 6th wedding anniversary. My mother-in-law’s determination to master gluten-free baking just for me. Coming out of the challenging time with my health, feeling so glad I listen to my body & having a husband who understands. Receiving my mum’s cheery text message when back in range after another adventurous holiday with her beloved. The renewal felt after a September of lovingly saying no to more social engagements in favour of getting things done or resting. The joy of watching my husband experiment with homemade smallgoods. Farewell to friends as they pack up their lives & take a chance on the other side of the world. The vet assistants showering my dog with affection. Remembering that a stranger’s sour attitude is not a reflection on me. Going to bed earlier for the good e-book that is waiting there. Receiving surprise messages of love & appreciation from beautiful, smart, kind women that make me choke up with happiness. Giving clothes to a friend & her looking gorgeous in them. Holding a friend’s hand & reminding her how wonderful she is. Cold, refreshing green juice from a new juice bar on a hot day. Mango gelato. Finally (!) being won over by the fluoro sneakers trend and loving my new ones. Even when I cry tears of fear, frustration or sadness, I’m simultaneously thinking of things I’m grateful for. Thank you to those who love me, patiently help me, laugh with me and write to me – you are truly precious. Proper giggling out loud – alone or with friends – what a beautiful sound & feeling. Loving today and with butterflies in my tummy, looking forward to tomorrow too.